The Fruit Balls were yummy, a little chewy and fruity - they're also easy to make. I only made them once and used lime flavored jell-o. The thing that takes the longest with them is that you have to roll all of them into balls. They were not perfectly round balls, but kind of the shape of a small cookie. Next time I make them I will probably just pour it into an 8x8 pan, chill in the refrigerator until firm then cut into squares - that would be much faster. You wouldn't have to roll them in the flaked coconut if you don't want to, you could just roll them in something else (hint: chocolate chips, crushed?) or nothing.
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup butter (I used lard)
1 (3 oz) package fruit flavored gelatin (flavor of your choice)
1 pound (I used about 2 cups) confectioner's (powdered) sugar
flaked coconut (about 1 1/2 cups), for rolling
Line an 8" square pan with foil and butter the foil. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper (I just used plates).
Combine corn syrup, butter and gelatin in a three-quart saucepan. Stir constantly over heat (I think I used medium) until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add the sugar, about a third at a time, stirring until well blended after each addition. Remove from heat and pour into prepared pan. When candy is cool enough to handle, take of teaspoon-sized portions from the mixture and and roll between your palms into balls. Roll in coconut if desired. Place on cookie sheets and allow to harden (they won't get hard like hard candy). Store in a plastic bag (you could probably use an air-tight container) in the refrigerator. Yield: about 50.
The Sparkle Jells were good, but I probably won't make again. Although, they are a refreshing fruit snack, would be great for decorating, are easy to make, and have 2 ingredients. If you want, you could try it and see what you think.
1 cup water
2 (3 oz) packages (or 1 6 oz package) fruit-flavored gelatin
Oil a 6" square pan (I used 8" square).
Bring the water to a full boil in saucepan, remove from heat and add gelatin. Stir constantly until gelatin is completely dissolved. If necessary, place pan over very low heat and continue stirring until dissolved, but do not allow to boil. Pour into prepared pan and refrigerate until firm. Cut unto 1" squares. Yield: 36 squares.