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

You will love this brilliant Red Hot Jello recipe! A perfect marriage between jello and cinnamon-y red hots! Quick and easy to prepare!

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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.

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  1. Jeff — February 26, 2010 @ 9:22 am (#)

    Beautiful red hot photos! :)

  2. Molnate — February 27, 2010 @ 5:05 pm (#)

    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. =]

  3. Vicky — April 10, 2010 @ 5:10 pm (#)

    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.

  4. Deborah — April 14, 2010 @ 8:20 am (#)

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

    • ali — April 15, 2010 @ 6:56 am (#)

      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.

      Fun!

      ~A

  5. Bethany — November 24, 2012 @ 7:22 am (#)

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

  6. becka — December 10, 2013 @ 11:00 am (#)

    how many servings toes this make?