Jammy Gummy Bites

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I might have a teeny-tiny jam-making problem. I simply love to make jam. I love the little “ping” you hear as the jars seal. I love to look at the rows of jewel-colored jars sitting on my pantry shelves. I love to give it as gifts.

Naturally, I also love to eat it. But my husband prefers to be very nearly gluten-free… So, while my grandmother often served biscuits and jam with dinner… we don’t do that. We rarely have toast with breakfast, and even when my kids get peanut butter sandwiches with their lunches… they prefer honey on them.

Jammy Gummy Bites // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

So what am I supposed to do with all this jam? Especially since a new jam season is really only a few weeks away.

Make Jammy Gummy Bites, apparently.

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In all fairness, I can’t actually take credit for this idea: it belonged to the Pixie. I merely figured out the measurements, and actually made the things… so as not to have a scalded Pixie running around my kitchen.

Jammy Gummy Bites

2/3 cup of jam or preserves

1/3 cup of water (or juice that compliments the jam)

2 Tablespoons of unflavored gelatin — I like Great Lakes brand; this recipe needs the red can

1 silicone mold (like this one)– optional

Pour the water or juice — I used orange juice for this recipe — into a small pan. Add the gelatin and let it sit for a minute or two. This helps avoid lumps. Add the jam — I used blackberry pear jam–and heat over low heat until everything is combined and soft and melty.

Pour or spoon into the silicone mold (this is the mold I used, and annoyingly, the entire recipe doesn’t quite fit; if you use one of the molds like the one listed above it fits fine). Or into a glass baking dish. Set in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to set up.

*Note: If you are using the silicone mold, place it on a sturdy cookie sheet or tray before you fill it up. The molds are quite bendy, and while this should be patently obvious, if you somehow skip this step the mess is actually quite horrific. Go ahead. Ask me how I know!

Once they are set up, pop them out of the mold, or cut them into bite-size pieces and store them, covered, in the refrigerator. They are fine to go unrefrigerated for a few hours, though — like in school lunches! 🙂

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29 Responses to Jammy Gummy Bites

  1. Vickie says:

    I am also a jamaholic! I love making jellies and jams and I had to stop because I had too many. The withdrawals aren’t pretty. 😉 Now I have a reason to make more! Hooray for this recipe! I know my grandchildren are going to love them. Thanks!

  2. rebecca says:

    You’ll have to go on a recipe search for gluten free jam recipes! I used to make jam, then I had kids. 🙁

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      It’s the toast that gets him, not the jam. I’m not positive, because I’m new to this whole gluten-free thing, but I’m pretty sure this recipe is gluten-free! 🙂

  3. Jennifer says:

    I love this idea! I totally and completely slacked off in any kind of food preservation last summer, so I don’t have any homemade jam, but I am going to have to try this with some store bought jam 🙂

  4. This recipe looks great! I love how easy it is to make gummies!

  5. There’s nothing like homemade jam that is for sure! Your Jammy Gummy Bites are a lovely wholesome treat, Christine. They are much easier to make than I imagined too! Thank you for sharing this delicious wholesome recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul hop!

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      Thank you! They were a big hit with the Pixie and her school friends! 🙂

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I love homemade jam!! It is just so much yummier than store brands. I never thought of doing this! Looks simple and yum! Thank you!

  7. Miz Helen says:

    Your Jammy Gummy Bites look like a very special treat that we would really enjoy! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Miz Helen

  8. Mary says:

    This is perfect!! I’m thinking I could substitute these in my childrens lunches for fruit snacks! They’d love these and love to help making them too! Thanks for sharing over at the Homeacre Hop! I’ll be featuring you this week! 🙂 Please join us again soon.

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      Absolutely! These are the only kind of fruit snacks my kids ever get anymore! 🙂

      And, thank you! It’s always an honor to be featured!

  9. Stephanie says:

    I also have thing for making homemade jam, and a thing for fruit snacks! So this recipe might have been made for me! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again next week!

  10. LydiaF says:

    I too love jam making and even with small batches I always seem to have too much. I love this idea! I’m pinning. Thanks for sharing with Real Food Fridays. Hope to see you next week 🙂

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  12. Marla says:

    This sound great for a snack for kids or anyone. Love the recipe and sounds easy to make. Will share on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop! Have a healthy happy day!

  13. That is too fun! I never would have thought of a jam snack. Very neat! Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  14. Crystal says:

    Thank you so much for this! I am sooo bad about making jelly and jams, seriously there should be a group for people like us 😉 Jammers Anon or something hahahaha. This is such a great way to use up the glorious goodies I can every year AND takes care of my need for some gummy recipes. Why on earth I didn’t think of this I will never know. Too funny about the silicon mold issue….yeah I kinda did the same thing but thankfully was able to make it back to my kitchen work table before I dumped gelatin all over the floor……I can’t. even. imagine. that all over the floor!! Thanks again for the great idea and the measurements!

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  16. I’m making extra jam this year just so I can make some of these. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      Thanks! That is what I do! Or at least that is what I told myself last year when I made far more jam than was absolutely necessary! 😉

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