Hard Fruit: A Frozen Fruit Snack

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What is hard fruit you ask? Well, in my family hard fruit is a frozen fruit treat that my aunt has been making since I was a little girl. Hard fruit is a little of this fruit and a little of that fruit that is frozen into an icy, slushy snack. And like most things that family members have been making for decades, it is a family favorite. 

So when I was challenged by Dole to create a three-step snack using DOLE Jarred Fruit, I knew exactly what to make. This recipe is dedicated to my aunt, in thanks of her many years of making hard fruit and for passing along her recipe for my family to enjoy.

Frozen Fruit Salad
Although this recipe does need to freeze overnight, the prep work couldn’t be quicker or easier. Just pour everything together and freeze. And the recipe makes a huge batch so it is perfect for family gathers or just a lot of after school snacks. 


  • 1 jar of DOLE Mandarin oranges, juice included
  • 2 cans of fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 small jar of cherries, drained
  • 1 5.5 oz can of apricot juice
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 12 oz of water

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Three-step directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Cover and freeze over night.
  3. Remove from freezer 30 minutes prior to serving. To serve break up icy chunks with a fork. 

Frozen Fruit Snack
With DOLE Jarred Fruit there‚Äôs no cutting, peeling or mess, which makes creating delicious fruit-based snacks as easy as one, two, three. Each jar of DOLE Jarred Fruit contains five servings of ready-to-eat fruit packed in 100% fruit juice. Plus DOLE Jarred Fruit is naturally fat-free and cholesterol free.

Whether you need the whole jar for a recipe (like hard fruit) or just feel like snacking on a few pieces of fruit, the resealable lid makes it easy to scoop out what you need and save the rest for later. Keep your kitchen stocked with DOLE Jarred Fruit so you can create quick and easy healthy snacks or top your favorite dish with a serving of fruit.

DOLE Jarred Fruit is available at your grocery store in the canned fruit aisle for $2.99 and comes in five varieties. The Mandarin Oranges are perfect for my recipe

Find more easy recipe ideas from DOLE Jarred Fruit.

And be sure to let me know if you make Hard Fruit for your family. I would love to know that the tradition is passed along to other families.

3 Step Frozen Snack
This post is brought to you in partnership with DOLE and inspired by my aunt.

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