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Red Hot Jello

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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.

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Red Hot Jello

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  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups of Red Hot Jello 1x


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


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


  1. 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).

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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20 comments on “Red Hot Jello”

  1. Beautiful red hot photos! :)

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

    • 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.



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

  6. how many servings toes this make?

    • Thank you for posting this recipe! This was a favorite of our family from my Grandmother Prost. Grandmother made this for every Christmas dinner as far back as I can remember. I’m making for my grandchildren this Christmas. The traditional lives on. ♥️

  7. I made a similar recipe that Im trying to find again. It was the cinn jello in a ring mold with cottage cheese in the middle to serve. Made it 30 yrs ago and we loved it.

  8. I’ve had this recipe from my mother for 45 years with the exception of using lemon jello as and adding cream cheese on top with chopped celery and walnuts.

  9. Question, is regular jello or instant jello used

  10. Can cinnamon oil be used with this recipe instead of the red hot candies for the same desired texture? We are looking for a lower carb option but still having the flavor and texture I remember when growing up. Thanks!

  11. A Christmas salad that is simple, elegant, and delicious! Topped with whipped topping and pecans, this salad was served at Christmas dinner! My mother always used 7-Up. However, yours cut the sugar which wasn’t even noticed by anyone!

  12. you list THREE boxes of jello, but only 1 is shown used. What’s Up with that

  13. Can I substitute Hot Tamale candy for the red hots? Evidently red hots have been sold our for a month!

  14. Can I use Hot tamales instead of red hots, they were out at my grocery store.

  15. Adding chopped walnuts make this a Thanksgiving tradition going back 60 years in our family!

  16. Am I right in assuming no cold water is added or do you follow all measurements.?