Awhile ago I heard someone make a comment about flavored gelatin.
"Sure, you could mix juice with gelatin instead of making jello, but why would you?" Why would you, indeed. Why would you make jello, with it's artificial flavors and colors, instead of getting some really fantastic juice and mixing it with a little plain gelatin to make your own? It's SO easy, I promise-and the possibilities? About as endless as the kinds of juice in your supermarket aisle.
My choice of juice for this experiment was Camino Limeade, so graciously sent to me to try. I admit I found it a little tart, but with a teesy bit of added sugar and some gelatin, it made this beautiful jellies that were so addictive to snack on! The great thing? No added flavors or colors, no weird additives, just organic juice, a little sugar, and gelatin.
Read more about Camino here-not only do they make great organic juices, but coffee, hot chocolate, cocoa, snack bars, and chocolate bars. What I love about Camino is that they are a Canadian company, and have organic, fair trade products. Plus, the products are delicious!
And did you know right now they are having a contest? Between May 1-15th, go here every day for Fair Trade Fortnight, where you can enter to win a prize! Email Camino the answer to the question of the day and you will be entered into the daily prize draw for products. I've tried many of them and let me tell you, they are absolutely DELICIOUS. My teenager especially loved their peanut butter chocolate bar.
Looking for more Fair trade products? Go to Fair trade.ca and check it out. Wait, there's more! You can also enter the show off your label contest on Facebook, where you could win $500 worth of Fair Trade products! (Go here for details)
How do you make fruit juice jellies? SO easy.
2 cups juice
2 pkgs unflavored gelatin
sugar, to taste (if your juice is like mine and kind of tart)
Stir the gelatin into 1/2 cup of juice in a large pyrex measuring cup, and set aside. Heat the remaining juice in a pan on the stove until boiling. Stir the hot juice into the cold juice and gelatin mixture. Stir well, adding sugar if you think it needs it. Pour the juice into mini muffin cups (will make 24) or in the bottom of a pyrex loaf pan. Chill for about 3 hours, then cut into squares.
Easy. Why would you ever want to buy the boxed flavored gelatin again?
Disclosure: I was generously sent a box of really great Camino products after I had bought some chocolate and raved about it on Twitter. Camino didn't pay me or give me the products to mention them or the contest, I only did because I loved their products.