I have been compensated by Pedialyte for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.
It’s that time of year again. If you are hearing the sniffles starting to sneak up in your home this Homemade Pedialyte Jello is a great recipe to keep on hand to help your family stay hydrated.
Last year while I was pregnant with Roo I was in and out of the hospital multiple times for hyperemesis gravidarum. For those of you who are not aware of HG, it is a really nasty pregnancy complication that causes severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, dehydration, and electrolyte disturbance. It really is no fun! While fighting that we came up with this idea to turn Pedialyte into jello to help restore my body’s potassium, sodium and chloride minerals (also known as electrolytes). This easy recipe has worked like a charm with my kids too! They absolutely love the taste and it is fun to eat so when we are needing to get ahead of mild to moderate dehydration we make some quickly and they eat it without a fight!
We have used this jello for sick days to sport days and everything in-between — we love it!
Ingredients Needed to Make Homemade Pedialyte Jello
- Pedialyte (get $2.00 off here)
- Unflavored Gelatin
- Silicone Mold
How to Make Homemade Pedialyte Jello
Making this jello is ridiculously easy and affordable. Plus Pedialyte is super easy to find at Walmart. I know personally the last thing that I want to do when I have a sick kid is rummage through a store to find something. I promise you that all these ingredients are super easy to find – there are several different varieties (liquid, powder packs and freezer pops) of Pedialyte all found in the baby isle.
And in all honesty, I hate having to go out when my kids are sick so when I see Pedialyte on sale we stock up.
So once you have all your items making the Pedialyte jello is easy peasy. For every one cup of Pedialyte that you want to make, you will use one packet of unflavored jello. So if I wanted to make one cup worth of Pedialyte jello my recipe would like this:
- 1 cup Pedialyte (1/4 cup cold, 3/4 cups boiled)
- 1 (0.25 oz) package of unflavored gelatin.
I make mine in 4 cups which is a little less than the full liter. To start, I bring 3 cups to boil. In another bowl, I measure out 1 cup of Pedialyte and mix it with 4 packages (one for each cup) of unflavored gelatin.
Once boiling, I remove from heat and add it directly to the cold Pedialyte/gelatin mixture and whisk. While it will foam up, I personally prefer to whisk it to make sure that the unflavored gelatin does not clump up.
Once completely dissolved and mixed together, I take a measuring cup and measure out the Pedialyte jello into a silicone mold. My kids absolutely love when they are small enough for their fingers.
Silicone cupcake molds also make a perfect individual serving size. But, my all time favorite trick is to reuse baby food containers to make jello that is easy to grab on the go. Once you have the Pedialyte jello in the mold of your choice simply pop it into the refrigerator for 3 hours, or until firm.
There are a whole bunch of different Pedialyte flavors so you could very easily switch this up to fit your child’s preference. Some of our favorites to make in jello are:
- Blue Raspberry Advanced Care (featured)
- Cherry Punch Advanced Care
- Strawberry Lemonade Advanced Care
- Bubble Gum
We have also tried this with the Pedialyte Powder Packs and it does work! Just make your pitcher of Pedialyte ahead of time and follow the directions the exact same.
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3 thoughts on “Homemade Pedialyte Jello”
This also works for adults who are suffering from symptoms of dehydration. In my case, this gelatin recipe had to disguise the Pedialyte, because my husband would never drink Pedialyte, much less realize/admit that sometimes electrolytes are the only thing to fix prolonged symptoms of dehydration, because plain water won’t. Summers average 110-plus degrees daily here in Phoenix, and sweating to a point of dehydration can happen in mere minutes, so I’ll keep it on hand in the fridge. A thousand thanks!
I love this idea and I am going to try it .. but doesn’t boiling the Pedialyte change it’s composition and potential destroy the electrolytes? That was my immediate thought when I read to boil the Pedialyte but I am not a chemist or anything. May e you already researched this?
I would imagine that some properties are lost when boiling, however I just did a quick Google search and found that WHO uses a very similar recipe to create Pedialyte jello so I don’t imagine it is drastic.