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fruit snacks a.k.a. gummy candy

In dessert on December 11, 2012 at 10:55 pm

you know how intrigued i get when i can make something that is generally bought… junior mints, fig newtons, marshmallows, bagels, fortune cookies, pasta, yogurt, etc.

so when i saw a recipe for fruit snacks, i had to try it the very same day.

but let’s be honest here. there is nothing even remotely “fruit” about these snacks. let’s call them what they are – gummy candy.

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they take a stomach-churning amount of gelatin, but whether you know it’s in there or not, you’re still ingesting it when you eat this kind of product, so for my part, i’d rather know than not. and if i make them at home, i also know there are no additional preservatives or chemicals or whatever.

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and the process really couldn’t be simpler.

in a small pan over medium heat, mix 1/3 cup water, one packet any flavor jello you fancy, and two .25-ounce envelopes of unflavored gelatin.

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stir very well until mixture is hot and completely dissolved.

pour in to molds (i poured into a pyrex measuring cup first so it was easier to pour into the molds, a.k.a. a small ice cube tray).

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let harden, first on the counter, then finish in the fridge. original recipe said it only takes about 30 minutes total, but mine took a little longer.

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when they first come out of their molds, they are a little sticky. you could try rolling each one in a little sugar to be more like a gum drop, or just leave them out and they dry.

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they definitely had a super-gummy texture, and weren’t as sweet as a traditional fruit snack. we ate a whole bunch of them at first, but got sick of them pretty quickly.

i don’t think i’ll be making them again, but i’m glad i did it once!

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