Fruit Jellies

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
60 pieces

These colorful fruit jellies are simple to make and fun to eat.


  • 1 ⅓ cups fruit juice (any flavor) or water

  • 4 packets powdered gelatin (1 ounce total)

  • 2 ½ cups sugar

  • 2 cups fruit preserves or jam


  1. Place 2/3 cup juice in a small bowl or measuring cup and sprinkle with gelatin. Let sit 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine remaining 2/3 cup juice and 1 1/2 cups of the sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high and cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, 5 minutes. Add preserves and whisk to combine. Return to a boil and cook until thick and syrupy, 2 minutes. Add gelatin mixture and whisk until gelatin dissolves. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into an 8-inch square baking dish. Refrigerate until set, 3 hours (or up to 2 weeks).

  2. Place remaining 1 cup sugar in a pie plate or shallow bowl. Cut fruit jelly into 1-inch squares. Toss in sugar to coat just before serving.

Cook's Notes

Keep uncoated jellies, tightly covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator.


Try one of these flavor combinations: apple juice and apricot preserves; grape juice and jam; pomegranate juice and raspberry preserves; and strawberry-apple juice and strawberry jam.

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