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Cooking with Toddlers: Mini Fruit Gelatin Molds

My daughters and I cooked up these easy toddler-sized fruit gelatin molds the other day — our latest foray into making tasty, summery snacks together without using the oven. This was an attempt to recreate on a smaller scale the bundt-pan-sized fruit gelatin mold that my mom used to make when I was growing up. Her recipe has been lost, sadly, but the premise is simple. Mix fruit juice with gelatin, add colorful fruit pieces, then chill until set. (Recipe and pics of my girls making it together after the jump.)


  • Colorful fruit 1 of 8
    Colorful fruit
    First, prepare your fruit.
  • Pouring the gelatin mixture 2 of 8
    Pouring the gelatin mixture
    Make your juice and gelatin mixture, then ladle into individual ramekins or muffin tin sections.
  • Sisters working together 3 of 8
    Sisters working together
    The little one was snacking on the fruit as much as she was helping.
  • Adding the fruit 4 of 8
    Adding the fruit
    Add a mix of your colorful fruit to each section.
  • Almost ready for the fridge 5 of 8
    Almost ready for the fridge
    Let chill overnight or until the gelatin sets.
  • The finished mini fruit gelatin mold 6 of 8
    The finished mini fruit gelatin mold
    Remove from the mold and admire!
  • Don’t do what we did 7 of 8
    Don't do what we did
    Don't use a large muffin tin like we did. It makes it hard to get them out! Instead, use individual ramekins or bowls (we did a couple of those, too), or use one of those flexible silicone muffin tins.
  • Yum! 8 of 8
    Yum!
    Snack on your tasty fruit gelatin. Both my girls loved these and asked for more.

Mini Fruit Gelatin Molds

While our childhood gelatin was made with cranberry juice, we made our individual fruit molds with white grape juice.

Makes 12

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups white grape juice
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup grapes, halved
  • 1 cup apricots, quartered
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and halved

(Note: Feel free to experiment with different fruits and fruit juices.)

Instructions


Pour juice into saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over and let stand for 10 minutes.Turn heat on low and stir juice and gelatin mixture until the gelatin dissolves.

Pour into individual ramekins, bowls, or use a silicone muffin tin (to make it easy to remove later — learn from my mistake folks).

Add fruit to each ramekin or muffin tin section. Toddlers love to help with this step! And if they put all the fruit into one or two sections, feel free to redistribute somewhat when they are not looking.

Chill in fridge overnight or until gelatin is set.

Loosen the mini gelatin molds with warm water (or just use a knife). Set your plate on top of the mold, holding both together, then turn upside down quickly to remove the mold.

Admire and eat!

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