It's so fun and easy to make gelatin desserts at home that your children won’t want to buy the packaged kind from the supermarket ever again. Let your child experiment with combinations of fruit flavors to create unique and refreshing treats. Show your younger child how to use measuring cups and chop fresh fruits to boost her mental and motor skills. This healthy snack is just as tasty to eat as it is fun to play with!
What You Need:
- ½ cup cold water
- 2 packets plain gelatin
- 1 ½ cups boiling water
- 2 cups 100% fruit juice
- Several of your child’s favorite fresh fruits, chopped
- Spoonful of sugar, optional
What You Do:
- Ask your child to put 1/2 cup cold water into a bowl, sprinkle the envelope of gelatin into it and let it soften.
- Stir in the boiling water.
- Add the sugar if you are using it.
- Have your child add the fruit juice and stir well.
- Pour the mixture into molds or cups and chill in the refrigerator until it just begins to set.
- Have your child fold in the fresh fruit and return the gelatin to refrigerator until it sets completely. For fun, use different colored juices and layer them to create a rainbow effect! Just be sure to let each layer set before adding a new one.
- When the gelatin is firm, grab a spoon and dig in!
Option: If you don’t mind a little added sugar and can tolerate dairy, add a layer of gelatin (2 packets) with 1 cup of boiling water and 1 can of sweetened condensed milk to the bottom of the molds or cups first. Let it chill in the refrigerator and then add the fruit juice flavored gelatin as directed above. This creates a pretty, opaque white layer that contrasts nicely with the iridescent fruity gelatin. It also adds a delicious creaminess that makes it a delectable treat. Or, simply top your gelatin with a dollop of fresh whipped cream!
Recipe courtesy of Marlese Ramirez-Carroll, Nutrition Consultant