Lunchbox Juice Gelatin

lunch box jello

My kids love this fruity gelatin and it’s a great make-ahead snack that can go in their lunchbox. It’s really easy to make and the kids always fight over who is going to pour and stir.

  • 1 60-64 oz. bottle of 100% fruit juice – any flavor will work, but keep in mind that apple will be brown-ish and looks a little unappealing, although it does taste good. We usually go with a cranberry cherry or cherry raspberry, something that’s red is usually a big hit. I’ve tried the thicker, vege/fruit combos with mixed success. Experiment with what your family likes best.
  • 5 Tablespoons of powdered unflavored gelatin – we use Great Lakes

The process is pretty simple and fun to do with the kids. Pour 3 cups of juice into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. While that’s boiling, pour another cup of the juice (cold/room temperature) into a large bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin on top of the cold juice and mix well. I like to use a whisk for this – I like to use my whisk for just about anything! Cal and Car were whisking gelatin one time and whisked it so much that it turned into a pink frothy mixture that looked like frosting. They had lots of fun with that!! When the 3 cups of juice boils, pour this into the bowl (the one with the 1 cup of cold juice and gelatin mixture). If you’ve whisked up a pink frosting tower, it will all deflate and dissolve once you pour the hot liquid in – still fun to do. Whisk it again so that all the gelatin is dissolved. Add the rest of the juice from the bottle – a little less than 4 cups if you are using a 60 oz. bottle. Mix it well, then put it in the refrigerator to gel. Alternatively, you can pour them into little containers before setting in the refrigerator to gel. I find that process a bit messy. I can never get all those little containers into the fridge and find room so that they all stay upright and don’t leak. After trying several times, I decided to go with gelling it in a big bowl and scooping it once it’s gelled. Either way works.

If this recipe makes too much for you, it’s somewhat easy to cut down. Think in terms of 2 cups of liquid to 1 Tablespoon of gelatin, then add a little extra gelatin. I like to up the ratio just a bit because when I send this off in the kid’s lunchboxes, I want to make sure it stays nice and gelled and doesn’t leak.