This easy homemade version of Jello Jigglers is a fun, healthy, dairy/nut/gluten-free treat. Get the benefits of magic ingredient gelatin (high protein, aids digestion, makes skin, nails & hair strong and gorgeous) without the sugar and junk in the box mixes, plus all the vitamins and antioxidants in the juice.
For a preschool Valentine's celebration we made red hearts and a few gummy fish. Get creative with cookie cutters or free form cutting - or even get a gummy bears mold.
2 cups unsweetened juice*
4 tablespoons unflavored gelatin (we like Great Lakes Unflavored Beef Gelatin)**
-Pour 1 cup of juice into a bowl and sprinkle all the gelatin over it.
-Pour the remaining juice in a saucepan and put over medium heat for 10 minutes. Turn down the heat if it starts of boil.
-Whisk the hot juice into the bowl of juice/gelatin until dissolved.
-Let cool for a few minutes, then pour into a 9×13 pan or molds.
-Put the pan in the fridge and wait about 2 hours until set.
-Cut out shapes and carefully remove with a spatula. Will stay firmer if refrigerated.
* We've tried pomegranate, grape, pineapple and cherry juice, pureed raspberries (remember to strain out the seeds) and combinations. Experiment for different colors and flavors, just make sure the juice has no added sugar in the ingredients. Sometimes I add some green juice in for extra nutrition. Or honey if I'm facing a tough crowd. Usually the kids love the fun texture and shapes so much they mind some sourness. The gelatin doesn't change the flavor much, so adjust the juice to taste.
** Use less gelatin for a squishier jello you can eat with a spoon, more gelatin for gummy candy.