Fruit snacks are easy to make at home — and you control the flavors and ingredients. You will love these homemade fruit snacks.

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While fruit snacks are admittedly very much a “kid food,” I can’t help but love them myself. So what better thing to do than to make them yourself at home?

Clearly grape fruit snacks are the best. Followed by strawberry? I don’t know. All I know is that grape is the best flavor. Weirdly enough, I don’t buy fruit snacks often for my kids but when I make these, E devours them. I don’t think N’s really old enough for fruit snacks. He only has 10ish teeth, most of which are front teeth.

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Looking for Valentine’s day ideas? Make red and white fruit snacks in heart shapes. Cookies are the one Valentine’s Day recipe I made.

If you’re looking for more ideas, take a look at this round-up of decadent chocolate recipes and one for you last-minute valentine’s day people. Oh, and we have red velvet cookies and skinny brownies so I think those both count as v-day recipes. And of course homemade sugar scrub for silky smooth skin and for gifting.

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Anyyyyyways. These fruit snacks are fun because if you’re not obsessed with grape like I am, you can make these any flavor you’d like. Apple, cranberry, etc. Whatever kind of juice you can find, you can make it into a fruit snack flavor.  Simple, fun, and delicious. Three things I live by and love.

And with no added sugar or preservatives! They are so simple, with only two ingredients: unflavored gelatin and any kind of fruit juice. Why pay top dollar for fruit snacks when you can easily make them at home?

Homemade fruit snacks are so easy to make: Simply soften unflavored gelatin and fruit juice of your choice in a saucepan for a few minutes, cook for five minutes more, and pour into a flat pan. Chill for an hour, and then flip the “sheet” of gelatin onto a flat surface. Using small “cookie” cutters, cut as many shapes out as you can. 

They are ready to eat right away, or put them into a sealed container and refrigerate for up to a week. 

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Oh, and FYI: I use these cutters. (Affiliate link — you buy them, 1 penny goes in E & N’s college funds. Give or take.)

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White Grape Homemade Fruit Snacks

Yield: about 1 cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Fruit snacks are easy to make at home — and you control the flavors and ingredients. You will love these homemade fruit snacks.

Ingredients

  • six 1/4 ounce envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • 2/3 cup 100% white grape juice (see note)

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, pour gelatin on top of juice. Let sit for about 3 minutes to soften gelatin.
  2. Turn heat on medium and stir gently until gelatin is dissolved. This should take 5-7 minutes. Pour into a small glass pan and place on flat surface in refrigerator until firm (about an hour).
  3. Run knife around edges and slide it out onto a cutting board. Using a knife or very small cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes.
  4. Enjoy immediately or store in fridge.

Notes

  • Make different flavors by substituting fruit juice of your choice.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 6g

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