Make Your Own Fruit Snacks

diy fruit snacks gummies

One of the things my kids love getting in the mail is fruit snacks. Living abroad has lots of perks but one of the down sides all those food snacks we can’t find here. On the other hand, it has challenged me to come up with  my own copycat recipes for a lot of things. Actually, sometimes I prefer my no additives or preservatives version.

When we first moved here there were no pretzels, milk chocolate was hard to find, dill spice, chili powder, sweet potatoes (very important for our Thanksgiving meal) and still now we can’t get fruit roll ups, candy canes, fruit snacks, pumpkin spice, canned pumpkin, life cereal, root beer, mountain dew, instant pudding… and I can go on and on. But we still love it here.

When I discovered how to make no freeze yogurt bites I quickly realized that tweaking the same ingredients may get me the right textured fruit snacks.

This recipe comes is really good and comes close to your store-bought fruit snacks but the textures is slightly different. It’s also a great recipe if you want to do some cooking with kids. Let them pick out some fun molds and create their own fruit snack shapes.

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gummy fruit snacks recipe

Fruit Snacks Recipe

  • You will need:
    1/3 cp of plain yogurt (no sugar added)
  • 1/2 cp of jello any flavor
  • 2 tsp of unflavored gelatin

Mix all of the above in a small saucepan over low heat until the jello has dissolved.  Pour into molds and let it set about 15 minutes in fridge.  If you don’t have molds you can just make dots on wax paper by letting the mixture cool and set for about 5 minutes. Then take your spoon and drop dots onto wax paper and let it set completely for 10 more minutes.

For more fun snack ideas you can check out our Pinterest Board: Lunch and After School Snacks.

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    • Hi Savannah, I kept mine out for most of the day and then my kids devoured it when they got home. I would think for overnight since it has yogurt the best thing to do is to put them in a ziploc bag and store in the fridge. We didn’t have any left overs so I am not sure if leaving it out would make them soft. Let me know, how it works for you.

    • Hi Keely,

      I am assuming you can since the gelatin is what makes it that thick consistency. Let me know how it works for you.