Elsa’s Frozen Blueberry Candy

An easy, 2-ingredient, healthier blueberry candy to serve as an appetizer or snack. Fun to make if you are throwing a Frozen party. It’s just blueberries rolled in jello powder. Don’t knock it til you try it, my friend. SO GOOD. Seriously, stop looking at me like that. 

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food Charlatan

It’s happened. I have officially entered the “Keepin’ up with the Jones’ Kid’s Birthday Parties” stage of life. I never thought it would happen. When did I reach this level of Pinterest?

(Go ahead, type “Frozen Party” into Pinterest. Prepare to get walloped with ridiculousness.)

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food Charlatan

One of Char’s friends just had an “Art Party.” How cool is that? One of the activities at her cousin’s recent party was “Catch the Chicken,” in which they released all the chickens from the coop, and the first kid to catch one got candy. I mean how do you top that kind of entertainment (for both kids and adults)? You don’t.

I honestly was considering using my motherly ways to “persuade” Charlotte into choosing a different party theme (by the way, since when do we have themes? Last year I was brainstorming birthday themes for Char, and Eric looked at me and said, “Birthday, Karen, the theme is BIRTHDAY, that’s all.”)

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food Charlatan

But Charlotte just loves Frozen so much. And a little tiny part of me loves party planning…shhh.

I was trying to think of blue food, and for some reason I thought of these Sour Patch Grapes that I made a few years ago. You just roll grapes around in jello powder and then let them dry out. Why not use blueberries? And thus Elsa Candy was born.

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food Charlatan

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food Charlatan

Eric tried these the first time I made them and said, “This is how blueberries should always taste.” I guess he’s not a big blueberry fan. (He’s crazy.) I ate almost an entire pint of sugar crusted blueberries the first time I made this. It really does taste like sour candy. Totally addictive.

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food Charlatan

I included a list of activities and food below this recipe (and pictures, because my daughter is adorable. No shame.) You know, in case you also have a Frozen-obsessed child whose love you need to win. I didn’t spend much at all. I’m all about Keepin’ Up With the Jone’s on the cheaps.

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Elsa’s Frozen Blueberry Candy

Recipe by The Food Charlatan

Ingredients

  • Fresh blueberries, the firmer the better
  • 1 package blue Jello powder, not made (Berry Blue is what I used)

Instructions

  1. Wash the blueberries in a colander and remove all stems.
  2. Open the jello powder and sprinkle it over a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Rinse the blueberries one more time (you want them wet) and then add the blueberries to the jello powder.
  4. Use a spoon to coat the blueberries in powder. Spread the blueberries out so that they are touching each other as little as possible. If they are touching, they will stay soggy and not get crunchy.
  5. Freeze or refrigerate the blueberries uncovered on the baking sheet for at least an hour. (You can serve these frozen or just very cold.)
  6. Serve immediately. If you put these in a bowl or in an dish where the berries are heaped together, they will get soggy. Still yummy, but not the same. It's best to serve them on a large platter or baking sheet.

Notes

I used 1 pint of blueberries, but had leftover jello powder. More blueberries would work, you will just have less candy-crunch per blueberry if you use a lot.

I've never actually seen it, but I know that Jello makes a white Pina Colada jello flavor. That kind would work great too.

http://thefoodcharlatan.com/2015/02/17/elsas-frozen-blueberry-candy/

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food Charlatan

Can you see our cotton ball snow? We just used a needle to thread cotton balls onto fishing line, then pinned it to the ceiling. Idea from Magically Made.

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food Charlatan

If you have a Frozen-obsessed-child (also known as FOC…wait.) then you will know what this line means. I had my talented sister-in-law Reesy write the sign, but she accidentally spelled “Sandwiches” wrong. She started to do it over, and I had to remind her that NO ONE AT THIS PARTY CAN READ.

I also had a bowl of blue-wrapped Hershey’s Kisses (Cookies and Cream), and I wanted to put a sign that said “I wanna stuff some chocolate in my face” but couldn’t find a printable so in a moment of sanity I let it go. Let it go, let it GO…

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food Charlatan

Here’s Pin the Nose on Olaf. I have no recommendations for drawing this other than getting an artsy friend to do it for you. I’m hopeless when it comes to sketching. Mine would have ended up looking like the masochist snowmen in Calvin and Hobbes.

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food Charlatan

Coloring. Keep it simple.

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food Charlatan

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food Charlatan “Do you want to build a snowman” using marshmallows, pretzels, and carrots. They loved this. At the end I put most of the carrots back in the fridge but there were no marshmallows left. Go figure. (Printable here)

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food Charlatan

Ice cube race. I put ice on each of their spoons and they had to walk from point A to point B. This was fun to watch :) Thanks Beth Being Crafty for the idea!

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food CharlatanStrawberry Cake by request. Has nothing to do with Frozen, and thank goodness because who wants to eat blue cake. The recipe for this Strawberry Wet Cake is from Diary of a Recipe Collector and it’s delicious! But apparently 4-year-olds don’t actually want strawberries in their strawberry cake. Charlotte took one bite, couldn’t find the frosting, and then left to blow bubbles.

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food Charlatan

Elsa's Frozen Blueberry Candy from The Food CharlatanHappy birthday Charlotte Elsa!

Decorations:
  • homemade snowflakes made from cheap cupcake liners
  • blue pom poms
  • Cotton ball snow (cotton threaded onto fishing line and hung from the ceiling)
  • Olaf (pin the nose)
  • Happy birthday banner (not on theme) that I already had

Activites:

  • Pin the Nose on Olaf
  • Ice cube Race
  • Do you want to Build a Snowman? (Marshmallows, pretzels, carrots)
  • Coloring
  • Keep your snowball (balloon) off the ground
  • bubbles

Things I bought (almost all of it at the Dollar Store):

  • cotton balls $1
  • loot bags $1
  • Hugs $8 (For favors-“I just want to give you a hug,” found here)
  • Kisses, $4 (For this idea, and to use for kids who won games)
  • ballons, blue/white $2
  • Pom poms $2
  • Blue & white paper straws-I already had them
  • large blue plates $1
  • small blue plates $1
  • blue silverware $1
  • cupcake liners (to make snowflakes) – I already had some
  • 2 white poster boards $2 (to make ‘Pin the nose on Olaf’)
  • Those tiny wedding bubbles, 16 bottles for $2

Food:

  • Blue Ducky punch, I left out the ducks obviously (this was delicious, btw)
  • Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip
  • tortilla chips (for dip^)
  • Ritz crackers (for dip)
  • Elsa’s Frozen Blueberry Candy
  • cheetos (could double as “Olaf noses”)
  • Cookies and Cream Kisses (blue wrappers)
  • sliced apples
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • marshmallows
  • carrots
  • pretzels (straight)
  • Strawberry Cake
  • Hugs (for the party favors)

If Blueberry Candy sounds good to you, definitely try the grape version: Sour Patch Grapes (Leprechaun Candy/Glitter Grapes):

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I made this Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip for the party-I doubled it and it was gone so fast (the adults ate it, not kids):

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip from The Food Charlatan

Check out these other easy appetizer ideas for your party:

Easy Appetizer Ideas for New Years Eve from The Food Charlatan

More blueberry appetizer ideas:

Easy Blueberry Cheesecake Bites from Gimme Some Oven
Blueberry Breakfast Oatmeal Bars from Delightful-E Made
Blueberry Cornbread Muffins from Damn Delicious

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  1. Sarah says

    I love how cheaply you did this! So adorable. And I love Charlotte’s “before” Elsa outfit just as much as her “after” one. She is so grown up I seriously almost didn’t recognize her. Then the Carter nose gave it away, of course :-)

  2. says

    I can’t even tell you how many Frozen themed parties I went to this past year (and that’s not even counting the kid parties!) You did a fantastic job, Karen. The frozen blueberry candies are adorable, perfect for the theme and best of all, super easy to make. I have a lot of friends and family members who are obsessed with Pinterest and crafting, which means that the kid parties I go to are fancier than some weddings. I love that you made sure to give Charlotte a fantastic Frozen party but didn’t devote a year of your life to making decorations and cakes that spin and transform. I hope she had an amazing birthday – from the looks of these photos, I’m sure she did!
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  3. says

    Wow!!!! you left me no words! Amazing!! you’re a good at this party stuff, I started to believe parties were only some ballons, cake, siting and do nothing… You’re very creative! Congrats! If I have to make a party with an special theme could I ask you for some ideas?

    (note: sorry if I’ve some grammar like a cave-gril or mistakes in the spelling, my “official” lenguague is spanish, but i do love english and I try my best)

  4. says

    I threw my very first birthday party this year for my son, it was pretty much a ‘free pass’ since he didn’t have a clue of what was going on…but now I know what I’m doing for his second birthday! I’m totally going to rent some chickens, because that sounds like the best game EVER! Love these berries, I haven’t seen frozen yet, but I’ve heard about it…boy have I ever heard about it…and somehow I know all the songs. How does that even happen? Anyway these berries are adorable and I bet they taste delicious :)
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  5. Michele Zils says

    How did you serve these if you can’t put them in a dish or bowl? I would love to have these at my daughter’s party but don’t want to serve them on a baking sheet. Thanks!

    • says

      Hey Michele! I served mine on a long sushi plate, but since they were stacked they still got a little soggy. Unfortunately if they are touching each other, eventually they won’t be crispy anymore. Have a fun party!!

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