Sunday, January 24, 2010

Homemade Gummie Candies

mmm... Now you can make your own homemade gummie candies with Skip To My Lou's wonderful instructions here. I can't wait to try this one.

Photos by Skip To My Lou.

and if you're wondering what to do with all of your leftover gelatin packets you can try making your very own lick-n-stick stickers here!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Macaroon Velvet Jell-O Mold

I first saw this recipe in my 1910 Jell-O recipe book, then later in the 1931 Greater Jell-O recipe book and also in the 1963 Joys of Jell-O recipe book. And I figured if it's been in the Jell-O recipe book for over 60 years, it has to be a pretty good recipe.
Strangely, It's not in the 1975, The New Joys of Jell-O recipe book. I guess by then people had gotten tired of it, or perhaps people just didn't know what macaroons were anymore. But now that macaroons are once again gaining popularity, perhaps this recipe will be in style again. And since macaroons are one of my new favorite cookies, I decided to try this recipe with my hand full of leftover macaroons from Christmas.

I ended up using the 1931 recipe only I used strawberry Jell-O instead of cherry, I added 1 envelope gelatin, I decreased the amount of water by 1/4 cup and I toasted the almonds in 1T. of butter before I added them. Personally, I think it's the butter that made this recipe so good.

The 1910 Recipe:

The 1931 Recipe:

The 1963 Recipe:


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Squirrel Monkeys and Jell-O

(If there were sound...)
'Yeah! Feeding time!" "Look here he comes with the tray!" "Wait a minute... what's that on the tray? I've never seen anything like that before!" "Hey, all these perfectly good blue berries are stuck in this weird blue force field?!?" "What are they trying to feed us?!?" "Oh look! It's all wiggly and when I shake it really hard, some of those little blue berries fall out!" "I just need to rip it apart... Wait! Yours looks better!" "Slippery, Slipping... eek!" "But the berries are stuck!!!" "Hold on, I think... I think I can eat this stuff that the berries are stuck in!" "Hey, it's not that bad..."

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Cherry Cola Jell-O Mold

This mold needed a lot of updating from the original recipe.
It is also the only one that I ever thought smelled gross.
Smells must really trigger memories, because this one reminded me of when I was a kid and my mom used to mix cherry cough syrup into cola to get me to take it. YUCK! Actually, I don't remember her doing that, but I can remember the taste, so she must have at some point. Luckily, this tastes nothing like that, it's actually very good. But I think I would modernize it a little bit more.
Here's the original recipe:

But I made mine as follows:
1 can cola
1/2 cup water
1 package 3 oz cherry Jell-O
1 envelope gelatin
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
(I tried dates as suggested, but I would have preferred cherries.)

Bring water and half a can of cola to a boil. Mix cherry Jell-O with gelatin in a glass bowl. Pour in boiling cola and water and mix until the gelatin is dissolved. Mix in the other can of cola. Chill until slightly thickened. Fold in nuts and cherries. Chill until firm and unmold. Makes about 3 cups.