Two Healthy Snacks

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I couldn’t stand it anymore. I kept seeing recipes for homemade fruit snacks, and I had to try one. My kids adore those gelatinous rectangles of happiness, and I thought to myself: Hey. Why the hell don’t we waste an hour trying to make what we can buy at Target in about a half a nanosecond?

I believe I found this recipe, as I find nearly everything these days, on Pinterest. Which someone pinned from here. It seemed fairly straightforward, and she looked like she put some time and thought into her creation. So I gathered my ingredients and sallied forth to prove myself as super mom of the universe.


gelatine packets

This is the secret ingredient.


You boil some berries and do some more stuff and some more stuff and pour everything into molds and let it set up in the refrigerator. While you wait, it’s fun to pretend the berry goo is blood.

berry blood

My word, that knife was sharp!

After they’re all set up, (look how fancy I got, pouring the goo into heart molds) you have to arrange them artfully on a plate, so as to entice little beings.

fruit snack hearts


This was the consensus all around:


Uh oh. Yuck. To be fair, the kids liked the consistency, but thought the flavor was too bland. I think I might make these again, but boost up the fruit or juice content or just dump a TON of sugar in there.

On to snack #2. I’ve been wanting to make roasted chickpeas ever since I read about them on I Want a Dumpster Baby. I trolled around for a recipe, and found this one on Allrecipes.

Verdict: I am a major chickpea fan to begin with, so I thought these were delicious. Next time I make them (today) I’m going to try dry roasting them and then adding the olive oil and spices. They’re supposed to get all crunchy that way, and you can use less oil. Less oil= hotter ass. Roasting these with the oil allowed them to retain some of their soft chickpeaness, (I said peaness) and I liked the smell of cooking garlic and cayenne.




  1. 02/08/2012 / 8:40 am

    It's ok that I cackled like a witch at the picture of your upset child, right?

    The chickpeas sound delicious. I'll have to try that.

  2. 02/08/2012 / 12:38 pm

    My kids love "fruit" snacks too. Oh well, at least it made for a good post… I am definitely interested in the chick pea recipe – love 'em!

    Also have to get one of those heart trays (I think anything you make in it has a "repin" guarantee!

  3. 02/08/2012 / 1:21 pm

    PEANESS. Oh my goodness. PEANESS. I'm going to try to make them (but not the fruit snacks, you nutball, that's what Target is FOR).

  4. 02/08/2012 / 3:34 pm

    It's encouraged! That's the whole point of kids, is to laugh at them.

  5. 02/08/2012 / 3:36 pm

    I bought the heart mold last year for brownies and undercooked them. I think I got it at Target, fyi.

  6. 02/08/2012 / 3:36 pm

    I know, I need to give that shit up.

  7. 02/08/2012 / 3:37 pm

    Ew, I know, I know. You're completely right. Maybe someday after I've forgotten how annoying this was, I'll tackle fruit leather.

  8. 02/09/2012 / 4:02 am

    Animal bits aside… You deserve an A for effort and lovely presentation. 🙂

  9. 02/09/2012 / 5:42 am

    I would have sworn I commented here yesterday. I'll try again. Awesome Knox gelatin snacks. Knox put out some fabulous cookbooks about 70 years ago so keep an eye out for one, they're full of delightfully nauseating recipes. My grandma was a master of putting shredded carrots into orange gelatin, an idea I'm sure came from those cookbooks. Mmmm. Well done on the chickpeas – seriously, those do sound good.

  10. 02/10/2012 / 9:18 am

    Well if that's the case, maybe I will have a few kids after all. I could use a good laugh… Or I could just read blogs about other people's kids. Actually, that option sounds like less work…

  11. 02/15/2012 / 4:44 am

    Two things i have been wanting to try too. Mmmm…crunchy roasted peaness!

  12. 02/20/2012 / 9:36 am

    Ah, Pinterest. It always looks sooooo easy and picture perfect. Kudos to you for trying!

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