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Jello Utah's Official State Snack

Friday, September 18, 2009 |
With Jello so inexpensive this week at Smith's we thought we would show you some ways to use it in some various recipes. People in Utah are no strangers to using Jello. In 2001 it became Utah's official state snack! Here are some other interesting facts we found about Jello.

  • More than 1 million packages of jello brand gelatin are purchased EVERY day
  • In 1984 is when Sugar free jello became available
  • The residents in Salt Lake City eat more Lime Jello than residents of any other US city
  • The jello flavor ideas; celery, coffee, cola and chocolate never made it to the market
  • Gelatin was served as a blood plasma substitute in WW2 (yuck)
  • Most often gelatin dessert is eaten with marshmallows and gummy candies

Fruit Sparkles

1 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Strawberry or Strawberry-Banana Flavor Sugar Free Gelatin
1 cup cold fruit-flavored seltzer, sparkling water, club soda or other sugar free carbonated beverage
1 cup chopped mixed bananas and strawberries
STIR boiling water into gelatin in medium bowl at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Add seltzer; stir until well blended. Refrigerate 1 hour or until slightly thickened.
ADD fruit; stir gently until well blended. Pour into 5 dessert dishes or medium serving bowl.
REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.

"EZ" Fruity Popcorn Snack

1 pkg. microwave popcorn
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
3/4 cup waffle-shaped cereal
MICROWAVE popcorn as directed on package.
PLACE popcorn in large bowl. Add butter; toss to coat. Add dry gelatin; mix lightly.
ADD peanuts and cereal; mix lightly.

Berry Blue Sailboats

1 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin
1 cup cold water
1 can (20 oz.) peach slices, drained
4 colored wooden toothpicks
4 trianglular paper "sails"
STIR boiling water into dry gelatin in small bowl at least 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add cold water; stir. Pour into 4 individual glass bowls.
REFRIGERATE 4 hours or until firm.
TOP evenly with peaches just before serving. Insert toothpick "mast" through each paper "sail." Insert in peaches to resemble sailboats.

JELL-O Black Cherry Poke Cake 2 baked (9-inch) round white cake layers, cooled
2 cups boiling water
2 pkg. (.3 oz. each) JELL-O Black Cherry Flavor Sugar Free Gelatin
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Sugar Free Whipped Topping, thawed
PLACE cakes, top-sides up, in clean 9-inch round baking pans; pierce tops with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.
ADD boiling water to gelatin mixes; stir at least 2 min. until completely dissolved. Pour over cakes. Refrigerate 3 hours.
DIP bottom of 1 pan in warm water 10 sec.; unmold cake onto serving plate. Spread with 1 cup COOL WHIP. Unmold second cake; place on first cake. Frost with remaining COOL WHIP. Refrigerate 1 hour. Keep refrigerated.

Easy Marshmallow Pinwheels 1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Gelatin, any flavor
1/2 cup warm water
1-1/2 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
STIR gelatin and water in medium microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1-1/2 minutes; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.
STIR in marshmallows. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute or until marshmallows are partially melted. Stir with wire whisk until marshmallows are completely melted. Pour into 8- or 9-inch square pan sprayed with cooking spray.
REFRIGERATE 45 minutes or until set. Run sharp knife around edges of pan to loosen gelatin layer from pan. Starting at 1 edge, roll up gelatin layer tightly. Cut into 1/2-inch slices. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

Frozen Peach Shortcake Squares 1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
1 pt. (2 cups) vanilla ice cream, softened
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Peach Flavor Gelatin
4 cups prepared pound cake cubes
1/4 cup raspberry preserves
12 small peach slices
12 raspberries

MIX whipped topping, ice cream and dry gelatin mix in large bowl until well blended. Stir in cake cubes. Spoon into 8-inch square pan.
FREEZE 3 hours or until firm.
DRIZZLE with raspberry preserves. Cut into squares. Top each square with 1 peach slice and 1 raspberry. Store any leftover dessert in freezer.

Wow the possibilities really are ENDLESS! How do you like to use your Jell-O?

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