red hot jello
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 Recipe
(From a friend)
- 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).
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.