I may be well-past lunch boxes and recess, but fruit snacks are still at the top of my list. What's not at the top of my list are artificial food dyes, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors, additives, unhealthy sweetners, and weird preservatives which are common in the store-bought variety. I came across two delicious-looking recipes for homemade fruit snacks, and rather than decide between the two, I made both! You could call this my "review" of sorts.
The first recipe I found on Pinterest. It's one of the few recipes from there I've actually tried - but seriously, look at that picture. Yum. It turned out well and was fairly straight-forward to make. Also, I got to use my strawberry slicer - a clear win. So fancy, right? I used strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, apple juice, and apple/raspberry sauce. If you use a regular, non-immersion blender, I would recommend considering that putting hot liquid into a blender will, of course, create steam which will build up and make the lid come up particularly with the added pressure of blending. If you neglect to remember that cause and effect, you might burn your hand a little whilst grasping the lid, and you might feel silly for it. That's a scenario that could happen, that is, if you weren't considering those factors. Yeah...
Like the original post mentions, they do come out a little more like Jell-O squares than strictly a gummy, but they are good. I might try a higher ratio of gelatin to fruit mixture next time to experiement with the texture.
The second recipe I found over at Mommypotamus.
I used fresh lemon juice, which, in addition to tasting, well, fresher - it doesn't have any peculiar preservatives. It's just that ever since I read what happens with sodium benzoate, a common preservative, in the presence of citric acid, I feel iffy using most brands of the bottled stuff (as handy as it is). Using fresh lemon juice also meant we got to use our KitchenAid attachment. Can you tell we're fans of the kitchen gadgets? If it matters, I used raw honey from our local co-op. I like the taste of raw honey better, but it's also a lot healthier than most of the drippy stuff ya find in stores.
Perhaps my juice to gelatin ratio was off, or maybe I didn't grab the most appropriate knife, but cutting them was a little interesting. (Maybe next time I'll try a mold.) Either way, they made for a fun, chewy snack, and I'm certain these will be a terrific snack staple! Even better, they were ridiculously simple and fast to make. At first, my husband had reservations about these things tasting like Ricola drops per the lemon and honey factor, however, he happily ate them and returned for more. Next time I think I'll add some lime juice for added tartness. I'm really curious what making this recipe with peach juice would be like. I'm wondering if you could basically replicate those peachy gummies. Please, someone, do that!
For both recipes I used this gelatin. I'd first come across that brand over here. A couple years ago, gelatin honest-to-goodness weirded me out, but did you know this? Crazy, right?! Fruit snacks, anyone?
Do you think you'll try making either of these? Do you already have a tried-and-true, homemade fruit snack recipe that you really love? Post your recipe in the comments! Would love to see your favorite recipes! If you try either of these, let me know how they turned out and what fun fruit combinations you do!