Red Hot Jello

February 25, 2010 by Ali

This post goes out to my friend, Andrew, who I have to thank for reuniting me this year with one of my blast-from-the-past childhood favorites — hello, red hot jello!!!

For those of you who’ve never heard of this fabulousness, the name perfectly describes it — a marriage between sweet red jello and cinnamon-y red hots. Growing up, it always seemed to be the dish that was too good to be true — partly because this sweetness somehow “passed” as a side during dinner (and could thus take up the veggie real estate on my plate), and partly because it was made with my favorite of favorite candies. Still love my red hots! :)

So, when I happened to see a massive display of red hots last week on clearance in the Valentine’s section (the cute heart-shaped ones!), I decided it was time to feel like a kid again. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. In fact, it was marvelous. :) I highly recommend it.

Bill Cosby would be so proud.

Red Hot Jello

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Yield: 2 cups of Red Hot Jello


  • 1/2 cup red hots (or cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small (3 oz.) package of strawberry or cherry jello
  • 2 cups applesauce


Bring water to a boil. Add red hots and stir until melted. After melting red hots, stir in one box of strawberry jello and dissolve. When jello is dissolved, stir in the applesauce until well mixed. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Place in refrigerator until the jello has set (firmed up).

Recipe from a friend.

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Ali’s Tip:

Feel free to do the true “jello salad” thing with this recipe as well! Add in some chopped fruit or nuts into the salad, and then serve (once it has firmed up) with a delightful dallop of whipped cream.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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7 thoughts on “Red Hot Jello

  1. how many servings toes this make?

    - becka

  2. Delicious! Please note that this won’t set up enough to put in a mold.

    - Bethany

  3. Our family recipe used 7-Up instead of water. Still one of my favorite ways to eat jello and applesauce.

    - Deborah

    • Hey Deborah!

      Oooh – I’d never heard of the 7-up idea. Sounds intriguing! I used to love making “sparkling jello” with club soda as a kid. Love those bubbles.



      - ali

  4. Have enjoyed red hot jello for 40 years. My recipe was obtained from a family friend and is only a bit different. I use a large Lemon jello and then layer the mixture in a mold with cream cheese. Add half the jello mix, chill to set then spread with softened cream cheese (use about 4 ounces of cream cheese.). Add the rest of the mixture on top and chill. The cream cheese adds an interesting contrast to the spicy red hots.

    - Vicky

  5. We have those same spoons! And yours looks like it might have fallen into the garbage disposal once upon a time… am i right!? haha Mine have the exacctt samee battle scars. =]
    Great recipe,
    sweet site.
    I love it! and thank you. =]

    - Molnate

  6. Beautiful red hot photos! :)

    - Jeff