This is our 4th attempt at fruit snacks. I kept trying combos I didn’t like or buying produce that wasn’t fresh enough to keep these flavorful. While this is the yummiest batch of fruit snacks we’ve made, they’re still not as flavorful as the store bought fruit snacks I imagined them tasting like.
At first I was disappointed, but then I was reminded, yet again, that I need to stop expecting real, homemade food to taste like the chemical and dye filled versions I grew up on. No, these are not an insane, over-sweetened flavor explosion in your mouth. They are good, don’t get me wrong, but they have a gentle watermelon flavor with a touch of honey sweetness. They’re not bland like our previous attempts, but they’re not suspiciously addictive either. Just a nice, fun treat. It’s crazy what a process this is to adjust to real food!
Watermelon Kombucha Fruit Snacks
- 1 1/2 cups watermelon puree
- 1 1/2 cups Kombucha [we used homemade watermelon kombucha]
- 6 TB Great Lakes Beef Gelatin
- 2 1/2 TB Honey
- 9×11 glass pan
- parchment paper
- masking tape
- candy thermometer
- mini cookie cutters [we found ours at hobby lobby]
- Gently warm watermelon puree in a small pan on low heat. When warm to the touch, add gelatin and honey and stir until dissolved.
- While it’s warming up, line your pan with parchment paper. [This is hard to do! If you look at the photos, I laid the paper in the pan and cut it down so nothing was hanging over. Once we filled the pan, I taped the sides of the paper down so the mixture could actually fill the whole pan.]
- Check the temperature with the thermometer – if it’s below 115*, add the kombucha, if not, set a timer for 10 minutes and go play with your kids Once it’s below 115*, gently stir in the kombucha. We chose to do all this is a glass measuring cup so emery could pour it all right in the pan.
- Tape the sides of your parchment down and cover with saran wrap. Be careful to keep the saran wrap tight as you put it on, so it doesn’t fall into the mixture.
- Place in fridge for about 2 hours. Once it’s set, cut it out with mini cookie cutters. Keeps for about a week, in the fridge!
You could also do this in silicone molds, but I’m weird. I don’t like cleaning things like that, it takes up more space in my kitchen than a mini cookie cutter, it costs more money, and sitting down with Emery to take the time to cut these out together is fun for us. Some people prefer the molds, so do what works best for you and your family!
Here’s how Emery helped:
NOTE – she did NOT cut out all those fruit snacks. In fact, she had a hard time doing it. Most of what you see is what I did while she watched. She did love trying though!