Then a friend of mine on Facebook posted a picture of her own home-made fruit snacks, using just juice and gelatin powder. So I pounced and
Home-Made Fruit Juice GummiesIngredients:
2/3 cup fruit juice concentrate (thawed, if using frozen)
4 to 5 0.25oz packets gelatin powder
Step 1: Pour juice (and water if you wish to dilute flavor, or have a stronger concentrated juice) to small saucepan.
Step 2: Sprinkle gelatin powder over the juice and let sit for a few minutes.
But the best part is "Official Taste Tester." We made a little science experiment out of it and I let her try one at various times within the 20-minutes-to-set window, so she got to see and feel first-hand how they changed over time.
Note: 5 packets of gelatin makes the gummies very chewy. For softer ones, use only 4 packets. Or make a double batch and try 9, to hedge your bets.
Using silicone ice cube trays works exceedingly well, but you'll want to gently pull the edges of each one away from the sides before attempting to remove them. Greasing the trays first avoids this effort, but then they taste like PAM.
lingonberry syrup concentrate from IKEA. Frozen concentrate usually calls for 1 part frozen juice to 2 parts water, and this stuff called for 1 part juice to 6 parts water. So I added another 2/3cup water and planned for another 4 more packets of gelatin to compensate for the stronger concentration. And it gave me more to work with. Only I tasted it and it felt too strong. So I added another 2/3cup water. And set aside another 4 packets of gelatin. Except that I didn't take into account that the gelatin would dilute the flavor even more. So I messed it up and mine ended up tasting very weak. Ah well.
I also flinched, after adding the gelatin to the juice mixture. All I could see was a solid mass of undissolved powder, so I thought that my snacks would be all grainy. So I added more water and juice while it was heating up. Then changed my mind when I saw the gelatin was dissolving and clearing up, and added more gelatin to compensate. Which ended up being a mistake, since instead of blending in and dissolving, it just clumped right up. Doh!
And all the frantic mixing while it was heating up caused a bunch of frothing, which ended up setting as an opaque, bubbly layer on top of the mold (so on the bottoms of the shapes.)
unicorn and ducky lollipops, flowers, train-shapes, zoo animal-shapes, even little trinket-box shaped snacks (with lids!)
fishie ice-cube tray from IKEA, I'll be able to make custom One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish snacks for preschool next year! And since I had so much extra mixture, I also made flowers, starfish, and hearts.
I also used parchment paper to keep them from touching, so they wouldn't meld or stick together somehow, since I stacked them in layers in a container.