November 15, 2010

raspberry jello

Are you a jello fan?

I am a jello fan.

Is jello out of style?

I just don't see a lot of jello recipes making the rounds, but maybe I'm not looking in the right place.

Or, maybe I'm not even looking at all, and should do some research before I start a blog post about the lack of jello related conversation on the internet, because I just this very minute spent some quality time with Google, and there are in fact entire blogs devoted to jello.

Will wonders never cease.

Any time I make a full blown, company's coming dinner, it includes some sort of jello. More often than not, it includes this very jello because it's quick, easy and very, very good.

Raspberry Jello
1 - 6 oz package raspberry jello
1 cup boiling water
1 - 20 oz can blueberry pie filling
1 - 20 oz can crushed pineapple
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

In a large bowl, pour boiling water over jello and stir until totally dissolved. Stir in pie filling and crushed pineapple with juice. Place in refrigerator to cool.
Soften cream cheese in the microwave and stir with a whisk until smooth. Stir in sour cream, sugar and vanilla.
(Make sure you get all the lumps smoothed out of your cream cheese. Lumpy cream cheese does not a pretty jello make.)

Back in the day, I used to let the jello set up quite a bit before I swirled the cream cheese mixture through. Nowadays, I usually just blend the two together right away. It's not quite as pretty as having the cream cheese swirled throughout, but it's just as good.

You can also substitute raspberry pie filling. It's every bit as delicious and kind of pretty to have on your table at Christmas as it makes the dish red instead of the purple you get with the blueberry pie filling.

Are there any other Jello Junkies out there? If so, shout out your favorite jiggly recipes.

Unless it's the one with the cottage cheese.

That one makes me a little nervous.


  1. Oh. Yum! I love jello, too and don't make it often enough. I have flashbacks, sometimes, though, of church dinner with the green conglomeration that had carrots and cottage cheese....oh. YICK!

    Yours looks divine, I make something similar called Orange Mousse minus the blueberries, the ingredients are very similar and serving it in glasses would make it seem even more festive, eh?

  2. T-bee - will there be Jello for us in the summer? I would think so. I love Jello - cause there is always room for Jello. Funny thing - when I lost near 100 pounds - I ate SF Jello mixed with blended cottage cheese every single day. Good protein. And now you be up in here dissin' it. Why I never. I will be making recipe! It sounds awesome! Blogs about Jello? That's as weird as blogs about chickens.

  3. That sounds great! Thanks for sharing. I've not made anything with Jello for quite a while. This will get me back to it again. :)

  4. Jello is definetely not out of style for our family. I make a green jello salad for Thanksgiving and Christmas every has been a tradition for as long as I can remember!!! Your recipe is very similar to the one I make. Thanks for sharing :o)

  5. I am sooo a jello junkie! I grew up in the midwest and there wasn't a dinner or lunch most times at my grandparents where there wasn't jello. From the plain big bowl of red jello at lunch to the one with the cottage cheese for special dinners....really it is delicious, you add dry jello powder to the recipe! You have to be able to handle the consistency but it is yummy! My grandma made that recipe with orange or at Christmas lime jello.....I would be happy to send you the recipe! LOL For years and years when I was younger I would pick up those Jell-o recipe booklets at the grocery store check outs and just so enjoy looking at them! I don't think I ever got to use them, they are history now except for one! But I love the thought of all of the different recipes!!! Your recipe looks great! I have used your chicken enchilada recipe last Christmas Eve and it was a huge hit, maybe we will do this jello for dessert this year! Sandy

  6. That jello recipe sounds wonderful. I love jello and all things made with jello. Even the good old fashion jiggly jello with whip cream on top makes me very happy :)

  7. I L.O.V.E. jello and you're right, there aren't enough jello recipies out there. For some reason you only see jello during the holidays. My favorite recipe comes from my grandmother and we make it every Thanksgiving and Christmas. I also make it during the 4th of July because it is delish. My favorite thing about it, is that you have to make it in a mold and I searched high and low for tupperware and finally found one on line. The bottom is raspberry jello with raspberries, the middle layer is a mixture of cream cheese, lemon peek and egg yolks. The top layer, peach jello with peaches or nectarines. It takes a while to make, have to do it in 3 steps with "chill" time in between, but the outcome is beautiful. We eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it's the best of both worlds!

  8. YUM!! I love jello. You should've heard some of the "conversation/arguements" saying the Jello is a NON-FOOD item.

    I understand. But, I disagree.

    This recipe sounds great. Can't wait to try it.

  9. Love jello! In fact, I just published a recipe for Thanksgiving using 'red' jello on our recipe blog! Check it out! Becky

  10. Just when I thought I'd seen it all.

    Corco does not do jello. Nor does Calvin, but I blame Cory for that. It's stupid. It's stoopid.

    I am a fan of jello, but I don't make it very often, for the aforementioned reasons.

    This makes me change my mind, though.

    Have you ever had carrot salad? No? Well, it's a German Baptist recipe, I think. I think I've blogged about it? It's orange jello with shredded carrots and chopped celery and crushed pineapple and mandarin oranges. It's the food of my childhood. My dad is obsessed with it. As am I.

  11. Yep, we love our Jello at my house! Like you said, it's always part of our big family dinners. I usually make a plain boring Jello, so I'm thrilled to see this recipe! I'll try it this month and if my kids give the thumbs-up, we'll serve it on Christmas.

    Thanks so much for sharing. Jello will never go out of style!


  12. i had to laugh at the cottage cheese comment! i make the recipe that has cottage cheese, orange jello and crushed pineapple. it's awesome, i promise! :)

  13. lol.. fun post! And I gotta tell ya - not a fan. For two reasons... there's the memory of one horrible evening when someone forgot to tell me the jello jigglers I was eating were actually jello SHOTS... and oh good lord was I sick after.

    And.. then there's the gagging on the SKIN of the stuff that always gets me... something about the gelatonous testure or something. (gack)

    BUT... when you've been down under with a stomach bug or flu, nothing like jello to get you back into food slowly again.

  14. We love Jello too but we are Mormon so that's kind of a given!
    We make a Jello for holidays similar to yours but with orange Jello. My other favorite is one my grandma used to make with applesauce and cinnamon red hots. That was the best!! Kind of tasted like cool, Jelloey apple pie! I have lost my recipe and need to figure out exactly what it was, but I think basically it was lemon jello where you melt the red hots in the liquid when you boil it, then stir in the applesauce. I wish I remembered the amounts though but maybe one of your Jello websites would have it. Oh, I also like the recipes where 7-up is subbed for water as the liquid which makes it a little bubbly and fancy!

  15. Funny, I was JUST thinking
    about a jello recipe that
    my mom always makes at
    Thanksgiving, replete with
    raspberry jello, apples,
    pecans and celery. It is
    truly heavenly and goes so
    well with turkey! I have
    a friend from New Zealand
    and over there they call
    it "jelly." Yum!
    xx Suzanne

  16. I think I have Jello cookbook somewhere that I bought at the supermarket check out. Great blog you have. Please stop by mine and visit New England and perhaps follow if you would like. Looking forward to many more enjoyable visits.

  17. I am so with you on the cottage cheese/jello thing... I was never sure of what that was all about... and it was always lime jello with that cottage cheese.

    I think I was also the only child in the 70's that didn't eat jello in any of it's millions of recipes. Never liked it until the raspberry jello, real raspberries, cool whip, and cream cheese mixture over a crust made of sugar, pretzels and butter... sounds weird but is really quite addictive.


  18. I don't quite know what to say. Jello? Do you serve it with spam? For you I would give it a shot but jello always reminds me of visiting my dad in the hospital when I was growing up. Not fond memories. I guess we could make new ones?

  19. Hi,
    beautiful blog!! I am always enchanted by your pics.
    I love this sweets, that I call "fake strawberry truffles"
    Just mix 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and 40g of strawberry or raspberry Jello (powder)and cook it in low heat always stirring until the jello dissolves. Let it cool and roll the truffles (don't forget to butter your hands). Roll them in powder sugar so they don't stick to each other.
    They are very nice and look very pretty as well.

  20. Sorry, I must correct the amount of Jello powder. I just weighed a Jello sachet and the correct amount is 15g.

  21. I like Jello! My mum used to make what we called "Jello Mosaics". Make jello in different flavours (separately)following the instruction on the package. Let them cool and harden. Cut in cubs. Mix 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 can heavy cream (use the condensed milk can as measure. Use more cream if you find it too sweet). Add the jello cubes and mix all carefully. Let it cool for a while. Children love that.
    It's veeeery good! if you like jello....

  22. I bet I've only made jello five times in ten years, if that, but when I was in college we used to say you couldn't marry a pastoral student and become a pastor's wife until you had a recipe file with a hundred jello salad recipes!

  23. My favorite jello recipe is my Gram's orange jello with crushed pineapple. It's topped with marshmallows dissolved overnight in sour cream. So yummy.

  24. This jello recipe is now one of my faves!!! I mad it for our Thanksgiving and people could not get enough of it!! Thank you so much for sharing.

    By the way I love your blog.

  25. I love jello. My favourite is raspberry jello with a can of fruit salad and ice cream. MMMMMMM. Also orange jello with mandarin oranges, or red jello, chopped walnuts, cranberries and sour cream.

    My mom used to make two colour jello for christmas .. she would make a red jello, put it in a shapely glass and put in the fridge on an angle so the jellow solidified at that angle. Then she would make green jello, let it cool and fill up the glass on top of the red. It was really cute and Christmasy.