Jell-o is delicious…right? Delicious and super fun. Back in the days when I used to count calories (booooo), I ate sugar-free jell-o all the time. Cause it’s like candy and it had like 10 calories.
Back then, I really had no idea how Jell-o was a thing. I just knew that to make it it…you bought a box of that powder stuff and mixed it with a bunch of sugar and water and let it cool and you had Jell-o.
Now I know that gelatin is the ingredient that makes it…gel…and that gelatin is made from the collagen of animal by-products. Since it contains collagen, it’s thought to help strengthen bones and fingernails, improving hair quality, and skin quality. After hearing that, I decided I wanted some Jell-o. But then I remembered all the sugar you have to use and wondered what else it might contain. So naturally, I looked up the ingredients. These are the ingredients in a package of strawberry Jell-o:
SUGAR, GELATIN, ADIPIC ACID (FOR TARTNESS), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE AND SODIUM CITRATE (CONTROL ACIDITY), FUMARIC ACID (FOR TARTNESS), RED 40.
Yummy, Red 40. I mean, it’s no Red 45 but, it’s a close second.
Nah, I’m not into those ingredients. So then I thought, what if I just buy some plain old gelatin and mix it with fruit or something and make my own?
For my first attempt, I used figs because those were the only fruit I had at my house. The fig gummies were okay but they fell apart easily.
For my second attempt, I used blueberries and lemon juice. These ones turned out great.
Who knew you could make your own Jell-o with blended up fruit and gelatin?! I didn’t even have to add any sugar, the fruit was sweet enough. Now I have so many ideas for gelatin treats. Can’t wait.