Step 1: The Recipe

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.
<p>how many days till it drys? and thanks for the idea</p>
<p>It's hard to say since it will depend on humidity in your area of the world and in your kitchen. They will be hard enough to handle in a few hours but mine took about three days to harden completely.</p>
<p>this is so cool you did a really good job on it </p>
<p>How long does it take to dry</p>
cool, i want to try this... maybe green ones that are mint flavored...
I've never had anything that is minty and sour - it would be interesting to try. Let me know how they turn out.
<p>so i never made the mint ones, but am considering making blue ones (i'm about to have a boy), maybe blue and white. can i use strawberry flavored jello you think? it's just that i already have it in the house. it might turn out slightly pink, but i'll add blue food coloring. </p>
<p>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 :)</p>
I've used this from here and love it!! getting ready to make it again!! thank you!
I have a question, could I use beef gelatin instead? <br>also, would it work if I made them giant? <br>also, do they melt easily? <br> <br>thanks!
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.
Love it
I do not know but I am trying agin I am not giving up
It did not work
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
Ooh Congrats! Another fabulous win! :) We should hang out and have a fondue party!
I would love to! Sounds delicious!!
t. stands for tbs or tsp?
I will try a small batch with gluten free ingredients. My son will love this!
I'm glad to hear you will be making some!
These were FANTASTIC! The kids &amp; I loved the taste &amp; that they were a good size too. Anyone who makes these, will not be sorry. But good luck trying to stop eating them
I'm so glad you and the kiddos liked them! My kids don't want to stop eating them either!
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. <br>Thank you for the recipe.
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.
You always make such beautiful sweets...and the presentation is as always excellent! <br>well done :-)
Thank you. That is very sweet!
Cool recipe! What function does the soda perform? Or could you use plain water?
Good question. I think it would work the same with plain water but I have never tried so I can't say for sure.
Ladies looking on this ; If the batter/dough is a big lot or tough to mix OK You will say that I think just like a man! I use an electric drilling machine with a beater clamped in the chuck. This is handy if you have a unit that has speed control. How I started to do this is my wife's electric mixer said that life too hard and threw in the towel they say. Drilling machines with a wattage rating of plus 500 watts works wonders and the battery machines are handy when camping ! Gents how good is your toolbox's or tool room's locks?
I love the way you wrapped them! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you. They are just wrapped in store bought candy wrappers!
WOW, these look great. I keep checking my mailbox hoping they will &quot;just appear&quot; along with so many other tasty treats you make,lol. One can always HOPE right = )
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!
Looks Great, I love Sweet Tarts.
Thanks! If you love sweet tarts you should give these a try!
Awesome!!! Thank you so &nbsp;much for this amazing recipe.
Your are welcome. I hope you have a chance to try them sometime!
Absolutely adorable!!! :) Yet another recipe on my list of &quot;must-do's&quot;! :) Thanks!
Thank you!
Whoa this is the first time I have seen anything like this! I voted for you, good luck!
Thank you, much appreciated!
Sweet-tarts were my favorite candy when I was a kid. <br> <br>I wonder if there is a substitute for the gelatin. I've seen agar as a possibility.
You could certainly try agar-agar in powdered form. Especially since this recipe calls for heating the gelatin. <br> <br>The substitutions are equal but I have never tried it so I can't say how the sweet tarts would turn out. If you try it let us know!!
Omg awesome

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