You aren’t reading this wrong. It’s possible to create a healthy homemade Jello Jigglers recipe. One without the undientifiable ingredients, artificial sweetners, artificial colors and who-knows-what-else.
If you have kids (or grandkids, nieces/nephews…etc) you are going to look like a rockstar when you bring these out.
I like recipe re-creations. It can be these jiggler thingys, homemade strawberry milk, homemade icees, or even pancakes that taste like those cinnabon cinnamon rolls… I like dreaming up homemade versions that are healthier and just as much fun! -or more.
Growing up in Spain I wasn’t exposed to the world of jello. It seems that the obsession with colorful gelatin is largely an American thing. So, when I moved to America in my teens I couldn’t get enough of it. I thought it was pretty cool –then.
How to make Jello Jigglers
I don’t know if my kids have heard of jigglers somewhere, seen a tv commercial or what… but my girl has been asking me to make her jigglers for a while now. Confession: I didn’t know what jello jigglers were until I had kids.
Since I’ve become a lot more “ingredient savvy” in the last decade, the brightly colored box doesn’t get mixed and jellied here. But yet, my girl insists that she too, must “get her jiggle on.” Seriously, no idea where that came from but she asked for it.
It wasn’t until my friend Jenn sent me a little “gift package” that I considered playing around the world of homemade jellos. She must know I have a thing for kid’s food… and well, Jenn is fantastic at all things culinary –seriously! She did the food styling for the book and it’s really cute.
Inside of Jenn’s ” Chef Olivia” book, we found a recipe for jello jigglers that after a few tweaks, I wouldn’t mind feeding them to my kids! Of course, now that she can fully read, she saw the recipe too… and so it was decided (ok, she decided) that we should takle that one first.
I love kid recipe books because it gives my kids and I the opportunity to get creative in the kitchen and spend time together making something they want. It just turns into great bonding time for us. We had blast making the jello jigglers too!
The great thing about this homemade Jello recipe is that it’s using real ingredients, instead of processed food. I love finding easy swaps like this that allows my kids to enjoy the treats they love in a healthier way!
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Jello Jigglers Recipe
- 2 cups 100% grape juice, or apple
- 2 cups water
- 1 ounce unflavored plain gelatin, (4 ¼-ounce envelopes) or
- 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon grass fed gelatin
- Pour 1 cup of the juice into a medium bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the juice and sit for 10 minutes to soften.
- Pour the remaining 3 cups of liquid into a saucepan and bring just to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the heat, pour into the gelatin mixture, and stir to combine.
- Pour the mixture into a 9-by-13 inch baking pan, let cool, cover, and chill for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.
- To serve, dip the bottom of the pan in hot water for about 10 seconds, then invert onto a cutting board. Using the large and small cookie cutters, cut out as many shapes as possible.