Homemade Sweet Tarts

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Sweet and sour all wrapped up in one tiny magnificent bite!

That would be my definition of homemade sweet tarts and making them was so much easier than I ever imagined. They don't have that semi-shiny coating on the outside (because I didn't want to put food in a rock tumbler!!!) but the flavor and texture are the same!!
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Step 1: The Recipe

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Homemade Sweet Tarts
1/4 c. clear soda (Blue Sky, Cream Soda, Sierra Mist, 7-UP)
3/4 t. gelatin
3-4 c. powdered sugar, plus more for rolling
2 t. citric acid

Flavored extracts
Food coloring
1/2 t. each of lemon and orange zest - optional

In a small non-reactive bowl combine gelatin and soda. After about 5 minutes, set the bowl over a pot of simmering water to dissolve the gelatin completely - until you can't see any granules. Remove from heat.

Using a hand or stand mixer - mix 1/2 c. powdered sugar and the citric acid into the gelatin mixture. Keep adding the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until you have stiff fondant-like dough. It will be somewhat sticky. Turn dough out onto a work surface covered with powdered sugar. Knead until dough is less sticky and can be easily rolled with a rolling pin.

This is the basic recipe. Now you can add what ever flavorings and colors you wish.

Step 2: Add Flavorings and Extracts

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Once the basic dough recipe is finished divide dough into as many equal pieces as flavorings you have to use. I divided mine into four equal pieces so I chose four extracts (and matching food colorings) - Lemon, Orange, Strawberry and Blueberry

Starting with one piece of dough make a well in the middle and add:

1/4 t. of flavoring/extract
food coloring - to desired color
1/2 t. zest - optional - I used this only in the orange and lemon varieties.

Knead until cohesive. Set aside while you mix the other colors and flavors.

I only highlight one version (lemon) in this instructable but the steps are the same for each color/flavor.
lexpres6128 days ago

I used to be a Sweet Tartsaholic when I was a kid. Still love 'em. Am going to have to make these for my Grand-babies. Thanks :)

jjohnson1152 months ago
I've used this from here and love it!! getting ready to make it again!! thank you!
neetz6 months ago
I have a question, could I use beef gelatin instead?
also, would it work if I made them giant?
also, do they melt easily?

wold630 (author)  neetz6 months ago
I'm not sure how different gelatins respond. If you try to make them giant they will probably have a hard time drying out. They do not melt.
michael636 months ago
Love it
I do not know but I am trying agin I am not giving up
It did not work
wold630 (author)  soccer_dancer127 months ago
We're you able to find citric acid? It's available at most supermarkets. I'm sorry to hear it did not work out. What seemed to go wrong?
Where do u find citric acid?
Where do u find citric acid
Good idea I going to try it
CurlyBrain11 months ago
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wold630 (author)  CurlyBrain10 months ago
If you follow all the steps to the end they will answer all of your questions!!
doodlecraft11 months ago
Ooh Congrats! Another fabulous win! :) We should hang out and have a fondue party!
wold630 (author)  doodlecraft10 months ago
I would love to! Sounds delicious!!
Mairashah11 months ago
t. stands for tbs or tsp?
wold630 (author)  Mairashah11 months ago
evacooper11 months ago
cool, i want to try this... maybe green ones that are mint flavored...
wold630 (author)  evacooper11 months ago
I've never had anything that is minty and sour - it would be interesting to try. Let me know how they turn out.
Limadito11 months ago
I will try a small batch with gluten free ingredients. My son will love this!
wold630 (author)  Limadito11 months ago
I'm glad to hear you will be making some!
straycatmeow11 months ago
These were FANTASTIC! The kids & I loved the taste & that they were a good size too. Anyone who makes these, will not be sorry. But good luck trying to stop eating them
wold630 (author)  straycatmeow11 months ago
I'm so glad you and the kiddos liked them! My kids don't want to stop eating them either!
claudette sova12 months ago
I LOVE Sweet Tarts. My son buys them for me for Mother's day and my Brithday and for Christmas. I will have to try this recipe. As far as using the Knox Gelatin, I use it everyday because it helps with my knee pain and hip pain besides giving me some great looking nails. I mix a packet of it in my morning breakfast shake.
Thank you for the recipe.
wold630 (author)  claudette sova11 months ago
You should talk your son into making you sweet tarts next time instead of buying them!!
Yes, he said that next year when we go to our house in Florida on vacation, he will help me make some.
shazni11 months ago
You always make such beautiful sweets...and the presentation is as always excellent!
well done :-)
wold630 (author)  shazni11 months ago
Thank you. That is very sweet!
htbake12 months ago
Cool recipe! What function does the soda perform? Or could you use plain water?
wold630 (author)  htbake12 months ago
Good question. I think it would work the same with plain water but I have never tried so I can't say for sure.
sunshiine12 months ago
I love the way you wrapped them! Thanks for sharing!
wold630 (author)  sunshiine12 months ago
Thank you. They are just wrapped in store bought candy wrappers!
straycatmeow12 months ago
WOW, these look great. I keep checking my mailbox hoping they will "just appear" along with so many other tasty treats you make,lol. One can always HOPE right = )
wold630 (author)  straycatmeow12 months ago
You are in luck girly! I sent out a roll for you and each of the kids today with the clothes for J! I hope you like them!
ninite12 months ago
Looks Great, I love Sweet Tarts.
wold630 (author)  ninite12 months ago
Thanks! If you love sweet tarts you should give these a try!
rufusniles12 months ago
Awesome!!! Thank you so  much for this amazing recipe.
wold630 (author)  rufusniles12 months ago
Your are welcome. I hope you have a chance to try them sometime!
Absolutely adorable!!! :) Yet another recipe on my list of "must-do's"! :) Thanks!
wold630 (author)  doodlecraft12 months ago
Thank you!

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