Fun Kid Snack:
Finger Jello Recipe

Here's a fun kid snack that is quick and easy to make. Unlike the Jello Jigglers you see advertised on TV, this recipe contains no artificial colours or additives.

Finger Jello

I use 100% fruit juice. (Don't use juice "cocktails", which are generally full of sugar.)

Besides being a fun everyday snack, this is a good choice for sick children (and adults). It slides down sore throats easily, and sometimes even elicits a smile.

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • unflavored gelatin (I use Knox unflavored gelatin.)

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • fruit juice

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a saucepan
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • a stirring spoon
    • a shallow baking dish
    • a knife

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a silicone ice-cube tray in fun shapes
    • cookie cutters

    The recipe

    3 Tbsp/45 mL (3 envelopes) unflavored gelatin

    2 cups/500 mL fruit juice

    Place the gelatin and 1 cup/250 of juice in a saucepan.

    Heat gently until the gelatin dissolves.

    Add the remaining 1 cup/250 mL juice.

    Pour into a shallow baking dish, about 8x8".

    Refrigerate until set.

    Cut into 1"/2 cm squares.

    Eat with your fingers.

    If you want to get really fancy, cut the finger jello with cookie cutters. There will be lots of waste, but you can just eat the scraps! Or use a silicone ice-cube tray instead of a baking dish. These come in fun shapes.


    • If you're buying a silicone ice cube tray to use in this recipe, don't get one with small details. Look for open, rounded shapes. Otherwise, the finger jelly will get stuck in the mold.

    • Dark colored juice makes the prettiest Finger Jello. Grape juice or grape blends are great. So are cranberry juice and cranberry blends.

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