If you grew up believing fruit snacks came in colorful boxes and plastic packs, you might be delighted at just how easy it is to make healthier, homemade fruit snacks. With just four very basic ingredients, you can create a batch of honey-sweetened gummy treats that taste just as good as the store-bought kind — only so much better for you.
Fruit juice, gelatin powder, honey, and pureed fruit create the base for these yummy gummies. A quick mix, a snappy zap in the microwave, then pour into a baking dish or mold and place in the fridge. So simple!
Cute molds for kids
To create your own fun-shaped fruit snacks, you’ll need a silicone mold tray. These molds are incredibly affordable, typically between $5-$10 per tray (most trays make 10-15 small gummies). They come in a variety of shapes and sizes — hearts, robots, gummy bears, stars, fish, etc — and can be purchased in the ice cube tray section of most grocery stores, the candy-making aisle of most craft stores, or purchased online and shipped straight to your front door.
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When shopping for silicone molds, look for the softer silicone, which work best with gelatin-based treats. Because they aren’t overly stiff, the softer molds make it easy to pop out your homemade gummies without tearing or ripping the gelatin.
Once you’ve made your snacks, simply wash the mold in soapy water and store until ready to use again. Silicone molds are incredibly sturdy and can be used hundreds of times when well cared for.
Make your own homemade fruit snacks
Once you’ve got your mold, it’s time to make some fruit snacks! Here’s how to prep a batch of these gorgeous gummies. Watch close, this kitchen craft goes quick!
Start by mixing your ingredients together in a large bowl (you can find the full recipe below), then pour into gummy molds and place your gummies in the freezer.
After about an hour, simply pull the gummies from the silicone mold.
Just like that, you’re done! These gummies will be firm enough to be stored outside of the fridge, but I prefer to store them in an airtight container in the fridge, just to keep them extra fresh (there is fresh fruit in there, after all). They’ll last up to two weeks.
We love tucking a few of these fruit snacks in small baggies for school lunchboxes. If you’re an athlete or team parent, try mixing up a batch of these delicious treats and enjoy them as a mid-game refuel.
Homemade Fruit Snacks
Yield: About 50 fruit snacks
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- 2 cups fruit juice
- 1/2 cup unflavored gelatin powder
- 1/3 cup honey, agave, or maple syrup
- 1 cup pureed fruit (strawberries, blueberries, or applesauce)
- Nonstick coconut oil spray
- Spray 4-5 silicone molds with nonstick coconut oil spray
- Place fruit juice in a large glass bowl. Sprinkle with gelatin powder, whisking until the powder is well mixed into the juice. Set aside and allow to soften for 5 minutes, then microwave on high for 60-90 seconds, just until the mixture softens.
- Working quickly, whisk in honey and pureed fruit. Pour into prepared silicone molds*. Refrigerate until hardened, about 1 hour. Remove from mold and store until ready to enjoy. Your fruit snacks will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
*Alternate prep method: Pour gelatin mixture into a large glass baking dish. Refrigerate until firm, then cut into bite-sized cubes with a sharp knife.
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