Heart Fruit Jellies

heartjelliesSince Valentine’s Day is all about flowers, hearts and candy I thought we would make our own semi-healthy homemade fruit jellies in the shape of hearts. I found this recipe on MyReceipes.com It only takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to make, but you will probably have to do a special trip to the grocery store as unflavored gelatin, and ultra-fine sugar are not things we usually have on hand. But your valentines will appreciate the extra effort and the love you stirred into these sweet treats.

INGREDIENTS
  • 5 (1/4 oz.) packets unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup strained fresh orange juice, lemon juice or raspberry puree (we used raspberry puree to make the hearts red)
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar, plus more for serving, if desired
  • silicone heart shaped ice cube trays (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Pour 1 cup warm water into a bowl; stir in gelatin and let soften for 5 minutes.
  2. To make raspberry puree, place 1 pint washed raspberries in the blender with 2 tbsp of water. Blend on High.
  3. Combine 3/4 cup of puree or juice and 1/2 cup sugar in a microwavable glass dish and heat for 1 minute on high, or until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Add to softened gelatin and stir until melted.
  5. Pour mixture into foil-lined pan or silicone trays. I got these super cute ice cube trays as the grocery store for $1 each.
  6. Let stand at room temperature or refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  7. Remove from pan/tray. If in pan cut into bite size pieces or use a small cookie cutter to make into shapes.
  8. Toss jellies in a zip lock bag with some of the superfine sugar to coat before serving. (Optional)

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NOTES:
I first tried a mixed berry juice but the jellies didn’t set. Be selective about the juice/puree you use as fruits like kiwi and pineapple will not allow the jelly to set.

NUTRITION INFORMATION
Calories: 10  Fat: 0 g   Carbohydrates: 2 g    Sugars: 1.9 g    Fiber: 0 g  Protein: 0.6 g  Sodium: 1 mg Potassium: 3 mg
 
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