I DID IT!
After several failed attemps I finally made some delicious fruit snacks! Sorry guys, as much as I wanted them to be, these snacks aren't vegetarian. I couldn't get the agar agar to set properly, so I finally broke down and used gelatin instead. The result is still a healthier alternative to most store bought fruit snackies!
Here's what you'll need:
Put your fruit and juices in a pot and heat it on medium. If you're using fresh fruit, be sure to slice it into pieces before putting it in the pot!
Once the fruit is all soft and squishy, transfer it into a blender and add your honey. If you don't like honey you can always use sugar or other sweeteners. How much of the sweetener you add really depends on how sweet you want your fruit snacks. Once it's all blended together, take a taste (careful, it's hot!) and see if it's sweet enough for you.
Let your mix cool for about 5-7 minutes and then toss in the gelatin. Now blend until there aren't any lumps!
Once you're lump free, pour your mix into a pan that is as deep as you would like your fruit snacks to be in size. Mine were a little too big for my liking; I'll be making them smaller next time.
Put your pan into the fridge for about an hour for it to cool before you slice up your snacks! If I'd had a cute little cookie cutter, I would have done what Taralynn did and made gummi bears.
The end result is a spongy snack that pleased both of my taste testers (thanks Boyfriend and Tammy!). I kept mine in the fridge, but you don't have to. You could definitely take them to work or school with you, and I think the cookie cutter process of this snack would be a great thing to do with kids.
If you try this out let me know. I'd love to see your flavour concoctions!
Hugs and poops,