There are often times when it seems like our kids have cold after cold after cold. Part of that is just the reality of kids—they put everything into their mouths, including things covered in germs!—so it can be helpful to offer fun treats like these homemade fruit snacks to keep their spirits up through runny noses. These Orange-Honey Fruit Snacks are bright and citrusy, and easy to simply stir together.
Homemade 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.
All Natural Gummies
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 of the homemade fruit snacks, it makes me feel I am doing something concrete to help her feel better, which, in itself is a bit of a relief.
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.
These take at least an hour or two to set in the fridge, so plan to make them a little in advance of when you want to serve them.
- 1 cup pulp-free orange juice
- 1 tablespoon raw or local honey
- 2 packets (or about 2 tablespoons) plain gelatin
- Pour 1/2 cup of the juice into a medium bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over it and let stand for 1 minute.
- Meanwhile, heat the remaining cup of juice in a microwave-safe glass or bowl until boiling, about 30-60 seconds.
- Pour into bowl with the cold juice. Add the honey and whisk until everything is dissolved, about 30 seconds.
- Pour into a silicone mold or an 8×8 baking dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
- Cut into squares and store in the fridge in an airtight container. Serve cold.
Use pulp-free juice for the best results.
Let the gelatin dissolve in the cold juice first before adding the hot. This helps to avoid clumps of gelatin.
Add powdered probiotics if desired.
Let chill and set in the fridge before trying to cut or remove them from the molds.
Remember that a sick child likely won’t have their normal appetite, so focus on liquids and cuddles.