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fruit snacks recipe

Fruit Snacks Recipe

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Give your kids a chewy snack you can feel good about.

Total time:  40 S
Servings:  8
Calories:  72


  • 3 cups mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup 100% fruit juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar, honey, or agave
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. gelatin or 5 plain gelatin packets

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: ¼ cup
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 0mg
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Protein: 3g


  1. Add berries and juice to FourSide or WildSide+ jar and secure lid. Select "Smoothie" setting. If you desire to remove seeds from fruit snacks, push the fruit puree through a sieve. 
  2. Heat berry puree, sweetener, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat until bubbly. Remove from heat and slowly stir in gelatin until no clumps are visible.
  3. Pour into a 9x13 pan lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Once snacks have set, remove from pan and cut into pieces. 


For a vegetarian version, use agar powder in place of gelatin.

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  • I am going to try this but will leave out the sugar to make this healthier. My kids love berry smoothies and fruit roll ups with no added sugar.

    Mom of 8 on

  • Can this be made with other fruits? There is only a handful of fresh fruits I can get my son to eat because he has issues with food textures. It would be great if I could turn some of those other fruits into snacks that he wouldn’t have an issue with textures. Smoothies are great, but aren’t always portable.

    Kitaya Stone on

  • what did you use to cut up the fruit?

    Lindsey on

  • Just use Splenda instead of sugar

    Jon on

  • Can these be stored at room temperature after they’ve set?

    Kelli on

  • You can buy ice tray shape molds from Amazon or dollar stores. Pour all the liquid in those trays and they will come out very nice with different shapes such as star, fruit, flower.

    Aline on

  • How about using stevia etc for us with diabetes issues?

    badhareday on

  • You could also pour the mixture into a silicone tray or ice cube tray and refrigerate that way.

    Sharls on

  • How long do they keep?

    Brenda on

  • I tried these once and failed miserably… any help from those who have had success would be appreciated! (I have a whole bag of gelatin I want to use to make fruit snacks!)

    Jessi Vandagriff on

  • Can you use fresh OR frozen berries for this recipe? I love the idea of making homemade fruit snacks. How long do they stay fresh? any suggestions for storage?

    aloha on

  • How long time can these be stored for?

    C on

  • Do these need to be refrigerated for storage? How long do they stay good for?

    Jeremiah on

  • I would like a printable version of the recipes. Please.

    Lindy2010 on

  • Does the fruit have to be fresh, or could you use frozen?

    Kera Lloyd on

  • It is better to add the Vanilla after the heating process, otherwise, the vanilla will cook out.

    Roc_Mom on

  • Made these yesterday. They turned out pretty good. I used frozen strawberries and frozen sliced strawberries in syrup and omitted the juice since the sliced berries came in syrup. I did struggle with getting the lumps out from the gelatin and left the sauce over heat to help dissolve them. Otherwise my toddler loves them and the husband too. They have the consistency of a firm jello.

    Missy Romeis on

  • 5 great questions but no answers… Does anyone ever answer? I’d like to try this too.

    Andrew Platteborze on

  • I’m sure you can use fresh or frozen fruit, you have to heat it up anyway. I am curious about storage, if you need to refrigerate or not after they set….

    Tara on

  • It does NOT work with pineapple!

    shelly on

  • Tried this with strawberries, blueberries, and apple juice. Found it to be exceptionally bland with an overtaste of gelatin. A most disappointing recipe. In addition I didn’t like the "firm jello" texture. Won’t be trying this again.

    Mike on

  • I made these today with my daughters. Fairly easy to make and came out quite good. Not nearly as sweet as the store bought fruit snacks and actually taste more like fruit. Hooray! Also, they aren’t as chewy, more like a fruit snack meets Jello Jiggler. We used sugar in our recipe as well as unflavored gelatin packets. One thing to be careful of is to gradually add the granules of gelatin or you will end up with gelatinous clumps – we got a few and I had to fish them out of the puree. We used thawed Radar Farms Triple Berry for our fruit (from Costco), and I didn’t want to take the time to strain out the seeds so it is a little seedy, but the kids didn’t complain. They had fun cutting out the shapes and eating them.

    Kristin on

  • I would think that you can use any fruit that you son enjoys. You will have to play with the amount of gelatin to get them to set up the way you prefer since some fruits have a higher moisture content. Good luck!

    Carla on

  • Probably not fresh pineapple as that won’t set in gelatin recipes…
    I would be interested in what you try and how it turns out…

    Cynthia Alexander on

  • I made this today, I only used frozen strawberries. I used a little bit more honey and vanilla. I put all this in the blendtec. It was thick at first then i added more honey to thin it out. I let it boil,took it off the stove, then added one at a time a total of 4 pks of un flavored knox gelatin . I did not have parchment paper so i just sprayed pam in my dish turned out perfect.

    sistah on

  • I used frozen fruit that I thawed for a couple hours first and it worked fine. I also checked the conversion on plain gelatin packets (since I bought that kind) and it required 6 Knox brand rather than 5 to equal 3 Tbsp. so I included the extra one, and the snacks are the perfect consistency.

    Stephanie on

  • Have you made them yet…and if so, how did they turn out?

    Cynthia Alexander on

  • I’m using frozen thawed fruit.

    Janette Bennett on

  • I would suggest keeping them in the fridge due to the fruit being blended. For longer storage you could store them in the freezer and take them out to thaw before eating them. I am going to leave out the fruit juice and use just water, too much sugar with the juice, fruit and honey!

    Janette Bennett on

  • Defrosted fruit worked best. I must say though I won’t be making this recipe again. Way too much gelatine. Tasted like a gelatine hockey puck.

    Summer on

  • Chia seeds may be used as a thickener, though they may not set up the fruit snacks like a hard gelatin will. Agar powder will set up better than Chia seeds.

    Blendtec on

  • Oooo Thanks this sounds good. I was wondering if i could use Chia seeds instead of gelatin because they thicken too like gelatin and they are full of calicum, iron and protein and they are vegan.

    Erin on

  • Please respond! We have good questions here and no answers! Thank you!

    wendy king on

  • How did you cut them out into those tiny shapes? It looks like you must have had some type of cookie cutter, but I have never seen one that small? Help! It looks adorable and delicious for my late night computer classes at the community college with no dinner had!

    wendy king on

  • Yes. Since there are no preservatives in them, it is best to keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

    Blendtec on

  • We used a mini cookie cutter! You could also look for "jelly cutters" as they are similar. Happy blending!

    Blendtec on

  • You can make it with other fruits but you’ll want to stay away from things like fresh pineapple, mango, kiwi, citrus, etc. because the gelatin won’t set.

    Blendtec on

  • You can use frozen & thawed fruit or fresh!

    Blendtec on

  • TYVM !:)

    wendy king on

  • 3 tsp of sugar in a 1/4 cup serving is too high for a kid snack with no real food value.

    Cheryl on

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