My girl has had a cold for nearly a month now. Since she hasn't had a fever and is still her energetic self, we just have to wait it out. (Believe me, I keep asking!). I think that the cold temperatures, the lack of fresh air, and being around other sniffling little ones during the day is making that wait longer than anyone expected though, so I had to pull out the big guns: Homemade Orange-Honey Fruit Snacks.
My kiddo gets really, really selective about what she eats and drinks when she's not feeling well, but her love of fruit snacks knows no bounds. I'm not in the habit of making homemade ones regularly—I actually hadn't made them in over a year—and I certainly don't have a stock of tiny cookie cutters or molds to make them in. (Though these little daisies are pretty sweet!) But I will try almost anything to help my girl feel better, especially when it's as easy as stirring together a few ingredients and letting the fridge do the rest.
And so, on the sick days when I'm not snuggled up with her on the couch reading repeatedly reading One Morning In Maine, I often take to the kitchen. I know that she may not eat or drink what I make her, but it at least helps me to feel a little bit better when I try.
These little squares are made with orange juice, honey (I used local honeycomb that we happened to have from a nearby farm—our pediatrician recommended it for helping to soothe her throat), and plain gelatin. I added in some Kid's Immunity Boost from the Honest Co because I figured that it couldn't hurt to try to boost her immune system (and she won't take the herbal powder any other way, despite the fact that it's a fun purple color). I simply cut them into squares and offered a few at a time. And when she takes a nibble here and there, it makes me feel I am doing something concrete to help her feel better, which, in itself is a bit of a relief.
Orange-Honey Fruit Snacks
These fruit snacks have a pretty coral color, a soft texture, and a mellow flavor. Obviously, they are not meant to be a substitute for medicine or medical advice that your kiddo may need, and I cannot promise that they will cure a cold. But they are a good source of Vitamin C, which has been shown to be helpful for those in group childcare situations, and they are particularly soothing when served very cold.
Makes about 60 1-inch squares
- 2 cups pulp-free orange juice
- 1 tablespoon raw or local honey
- 4 packets (or just a little less than 1/4 cup) plain gelatin
- 1-1 1/2 teaspoon Kid's Immunity Boost (optional)
1. Pour one cup of the juice into a medium bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over it.
2. Heat the remaining cup of juice in a microwave-safe glass or bowl (I used a 2 cup glass measuring cup) until boiling, about 3 minutes. Pour into bowl with the cold juice. Add the honey and Immunity Booster, if using, and whisk until everything is dissolved.
3. Pour into an 8x8 baking dish and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Cut into squares and store in the fridge in an airtight container. Serve cold.