Looking for a way to get more water into kids or adults with dementia who have an aversion to drinking from a cup?
Sneaking fluid in through food is a great way to do things. These are so easy, and can be calorific or zero calorie, depending on the type of jelly you use.
These are not like adding glycerine to make the firm jellies which are like the harder Haribo type sweets, and they’re simply a way to change up the diet and make jelly more appetising.
Using the usual concentration, jelly is too wobbly to set in moulds.
These are made in ice cube trays and are made in minutes. They are about to become a staple part of mums diet in the sugar free form. I may even splash out on a few nice moulds too.
For these, I have used two different strengths.
Simply a regular lime jelly at half the consistency, ie 1/4 pint of hot water to dissolve the jelly, then top up with 1/4 pint of cold water before pouring into the moulds. These are still squeezable although slightly tacky to the touch.
Made using the sugar free jelly option in powder form at half the above consistency. I used 2 sachets here with 1/4 pint hot water, dissolved and added 1/4 pint cold before pouring into the moulds.
The red ones are far more firm than the green, and although both are squeezy, the red have a far firmer effect.
250ml / Half Pint water per 18 jellies
Leave these colourful ‘treats,’ out for someone who struggles to drink fluid, to sneak just that little extra in a day. It’s far more attractive to eat something that looks like a sweetie than it is to eat a bowl of jelly.