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Fun With Jello & Unflavored Gelatin: 25+ Creative Recipes
Posted By Tipnut On April 11, 2012 @ 9:09 am In Recipes | 3 Comments
For something so inexpensive and simple to make, Jello sure can be a crowd pleaser (for both kids and adults). It’s so versatile you can make festive salads, creamy desserts, baked goodies and even candies with it. With so many different flavors (and colors) to choose from, it’s easy to find a favorite or two.
Here’s a collection of just over two dozen recipes that I’ve handpicked from around the ‘net, you’ll find cakes, candies, cookies, assorted sweet treats (including homemade gummy bears). They’re a welcome addition to BBQs, picnics, parties, potlucks or even as a simple dessert after a weekday meal.
At the bottom of the page you’ll find a bunch of vintage tips for making gelatin salads and working with molds, they were previously published here on Tipnut and moved to this page so everything’s handy for you in one place.
If you’re a fan of gelatin treats, you may want to bookmark this page for future reference…I’ll be adding more goodies here as I find them. Have fun!
Homemade Gummy Bears : Use whatever molds you like for this fun candy (bears, stars, letters, etc.).
Gumdrops : Made with unflavored gelatin, sugar, flavored extract, food coloring, water and includes goody bag toppers to print.
Marshmallow Pinwheels : A mixture of marshmallows melted in flavored gelatin is chilled in a pan then rolled up and sliced into pinwheels.
Spiked Rainbow Ribbon Salad : This one’s for the grownups since it contains rum (or vodka), can use a bundt pan for a mold.
Fluffy Lime Salad : Made with chopped walnuts, miniature marshmallows, softened cream cheese, lime gelatin, crushed pineapple and heavy whipping cream.
Cherry Lollipops : Yields 15 to 20 lollipops, ingredients include sugar, butter, light corn syrup, cherry gelatin dessert and nonstick cooking spray.
Raspberry Balls : Mixed with flaked coconut, sweetened condensed milk, almond extract and balls coated with flavored gelatin.
Strawberry Pie : Can be made with different flavored jello and fruits (such as peaches, etc.), has a graham cracker crust.
Eggs : You’ll need an egg jigglers mold to make these.
Petite Watermelon Slices : Cute! The rinds are lime wedges (with the fruit removed) and the seeds are mini chocolate chips.
Pastel Cookies : Pretty treats in pink, green, yellow or any other color you wish.
Sparkling Jewel Mold : Made in an 8 to 10 cup mold, filled with nectarines, grapes, blueberries and raspberries.
Flowery Centerpieces : Not a treat to eat but too pretty not to include in this collection!
*First published March 5, 2009 and moved to this page for better organization
This is an article from a vintage tip sheet titled “The Art Of Salad Making” that was written by Mary Hale Martin, Libby’s Home Economist. She was a fictional persona created by Libby’s with the same purpose as Betty Crocker (another fictional character)–to provide helpful cookery hints and tips that would also promote the brand they represented. There’s no date on this sheet, but I believe she was around from the 1920’s through the 1950’s so it would be within that time.
Gelatin salads aren’t as popular now as they once were and I can’t remember the last time I had one, but I know lots of people still enjoy them. Since they are relatively inexpensive to make, many homemakers took care and pride in these salads and made them as colorful and interesting as they could to brighten up the dinner table–it was one way to be creative on a budget. Looking through old cookbooks you’ll see some real doozies!
This sheet was carefully filed in the vintage household binder I have that is over 70 years old and stuffed a few inches thick with recipes, clippings and advice, I love it! Here are the tips:
Gelatin molds aren’t tricky to prepare, but a few “do’s” and “don’ts” may be helpful.
Here are a few more I’ve collected:
Source: A Guide To Good Cooking, Five Roses
Article printed from TipNut.com: http://tipnut.com
URL to article: http://tipnut.com/gelatin-ideas/
URLs in this post:
 Broken Glass Squares: http://justjennrecipes.com/broken-glass-jello/2007/04/29/
 Homemade Gummy Bears: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Gummy-Bears
 Fish Bowl: http://www.marthastewart.com/314623/fish-bowl-gelatin
 Gumdrops: http://www.bakerella.com/goodie-goodie/
 Raspberry Confetti Kisses: http://easybaked.net/2011/12/26/raspberry-confetti-kisses/
 Marshmallow Pinwheels: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/easy-marshmallow-pinwheels-51697.aspx
 Jelly Pops: http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/valentine-jelly-pops-recipe/1/
 Spiked Rainbow Ribbon Salad: http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/spiked-rainbow-ribbon-salad-recipe/1/
 Tropical Rainbow Dessert: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Tropical-Rainbow-Dessert
 Fluffy Lime Salad: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Fluffy-Lime-Salad
 Pina Colada Mold: http://www.brettbara.com/finished/pina-colada-jello/
 Cherry Lollipops: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cherry-lollipops-recipe/index.html
 Orange Creamsicle Squares: http://www.foodlibrarian.com/2011/04/orange-creamsicle-jello-national.html
 Raspberry Balls: http://homesteadinghousewife.blogspot.ca/2008/12/raspberry-balls.html
 Crown Jewel Cake: http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2011/03/crown-jewel-cake.html
 Strawberry Pie: http://www.abicyclebuiltfor2.com/2011/04/strawberry-jello-pie.html
 Jigglers: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/jell-o-jigglers-53920.aspx
 Eggs: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/jell-o-egg-jigglers-50280.aspx
 Coffee Cubes: http://www.foodlibrarian.com/2010/04/national-library-week-day-3-coffee.html
 Petite Watermelon Slices: http://chocolateonmycranium.blogspot.ca/2009/03/petite-watermelons.html
 Rainbow Layers: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/yogurt-gelatin-ribbon-salad/2a617950-ba0e-4e8b-a577-d4cdbb342ce9
 Pastel Cookies: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/jell-o-pastel-cookies-53328.aspx
 Cupcakes: http://spoonful.com/recipes/j-jell-o-cupcake
 Sparkling Jewel Mold: http://www.womansday.com/recipefinder/sparkling-jewel-gelatin-121897
 Raspberry Poke Cake: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/raspberry-poke-cake/9edd24bc-1013-4244-b1b1-ad986ef40b4b
 Flowery Centerpieces: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/easy-party-ideas/party-decorating-ideas/centerpiece-slideshows/flowery-centerpieces/14/
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