It’s summer time and in my neck of the woods, its cherry season. I love just eating them as is, but I have so many of them that I’ve started getting creative to try to find uses for them so they don’t go to waste. Yesterday I played around a bit and came up with these little gummy treats. They were a huge hit with the kids, and I bet your littles would like them too.
They are fairly easy to make, but we all know that cherries are messy. I think the clean up was the most time-consuming part for me. And word to the wise, don’t wear white when you make these…what was I thinking?!
1 heaping cup of pitted sweet cherries (I used vans, a type of pollinator cherry)
The juice of half a large lemon
Honey to taste (optional,mine were pretty sweet as is)
4 T gelatin ( I use Great Lakes and I get it on Amazon)
1) Put the cherries in a sauce pan and cook them on medium heat until they are really mushy. They’ll have chunks in them still but it will be a bubbly, syrupy looking liquid, with some chunks.
2) Add lemon juice, and honey if desired. Stir and let it simmer for a minute or so, stirring it constantly.
3) Take it off the heat and put it in the blender or use a hand blender to get rid of the lumps and make it a puree. I went with the immersion blender. Make sure it’s nice and smooth before you go on to the next step.
5) Run it through a strainer to catch any big chunks. I suppose this isn’t totally necessary, but it makes them look prettier to me.
4) Add in the gelatin, a little bit at a time as you continue to blend it.
5) Pour into a mold, or a pan and pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes or so. When it’s gelled up, remove from the mold and enjoy! (My molds came from amazon too)
*I keep mine in the fridge to store, although they don’t stick around for long with the kids around.