Gummy lollies. Everyone seems to be very keen to make these for lunchboxes. They hold up well, are flavoured with fruit and give the appearance of lollies without being actual lollies. The idea behind them is to make them sweet, lolly like and yummy. You can make them with commercial jelly, but then they still contain too much sugar for my liking. These strawberry gummies are the ultimate lunchbox lolly.
So I had a little experiment with just fruit, gelatine and water and they turned out yummo! Miss 4 ate quite a few of them, even after declaring that they weren’t very sweet. It was a fun activity to do with the kids too and I’d much prefer them to be having one of these “lollies” than some of the real ones that other kids are eating.
Here’s the part where I’m going to be completely honest with you. I thought they weren’t sweet enough, but Miss 4 ate lots (and if she’s willing to eat them without sweetening, then suits me just fine). So my suggestion: taste the strawberry and water mix. See what you think. If it needs sweetening, adjust it with whatever sweetener tickles your fancy (sugar, honey, rice malt syrup, agave syrup etc) until it reaches your desired sweetness. Then add the gelatin.
These didn’t last the week in our fridge (eaten first) but will stay up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge. If needs be you could freeze them too. I’ve used strawberries because they are everywhere at the moment, but you could use other fruits, just not pineapple or kiwi as they contain enzymes that break down gelatin and therefore it doesn’t set.