Easy Spring Recipes - Real Fruit Juice "Wiggles"

It might technically only be springtime, but sunny days with highs of 80 degrees have us convinced we’ve time-traveled 3 months ahead to the peak of a warm San Diego summer.  In light of this temperate weather, I’ve been on the hunt for a cool, light snack that still packs a punch of the fruity flavors we associate with summer.   

This recipe for grapefruit and grape juice “wiggles” is a fun fit for this time of year, and a perfect, healthy alternative to people who love the jiggly joy of Jell-o, but are a little wary of those brightly colored mystery “fruit” powders. The trick is to use a juice with ingredients you know and approve of, and set them in a plain gelatin. These cubes are not only healthier, but they're also just as easy to make as the boxed stuff.


  • 2 cups of your kid's favorite juice (we used grape and grapefruit in the photo)
  • 2 packets of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey (optional)


Pour 1/2 cup of juice in a bowl and sprinkle gelatin over it. While this sits, heat the remaining juice to boil (can do this in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes). Pour hot juice over juice and gelatin mixture and stir, adding in extra sugar if desired. Pour mixture into the bottom of a loaf pan and chill for three hours, or until firm. Cut into squares.

To mix it up a little, pour the mixture into muffin tins or fun-shaped ice cube trays. 


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