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Firecracker Jello

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Serves | Prep Time 15-20 minutes | Cook Time

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Firecracker jello.

The sun shone through the hazel color curtains almost looking like a spotlight in my room. My blanket was as light as a feather. My pillow surrounded my sleeping head and I was as warm as a bunny. My eyes slowly opened to the sight of my cat snuggled up against me. It was another cold Saturday morning, which, made me want to stay in bed, but I knew it was time to get up. Normally every day I wake up to the smell of my apple freshener. Instead of smelling this, I smelled something different, and it was sweet. My curiosity got me out of bed, down stairs, through the living room and to the kitchen to see that my grandma had come over and was making something

“That smells really good, Grandma!! What are you making?” I questioned.

“I am making cherry jello for the picnic this afternoon,” she replied as she started to stir the berry gelatin and water. “Go upstairs, get dressed, and you can help me!”

“Oh okay!” I exclaimed. “Thanks!” I zoomed up stairs, ignoring the freezing cold wood floor. I opened my dresser and picked out an ordinary blue shirt and black pants. I brushed my teeth, and I brushed my hair. I put it into a lazy bun and put on my cozy monkey slippers. I skipped down our carpeted stairs and had to block my eyes from the sun gleaming in threw the window. By the time I reached down stairs, and in to the kitchen, my grandma was ready for me.

“Why don’t you pour the boiling water in the bowl and start to stir it!” my grandma suggested.

“All right!” As I carefully poured the 2/3 cups of water into the bowl, steam blocked the bottom, making it look like a tropical rain forest. I started to stir the water until the gelatin dissolved. As I did this, my grandma poured ¼ of milk into another small, green bowl. She sprinkled some more gelatin and waited for about 5 minutes. The smell from the bowls, filled my nose. It had a sweet sent, almost like honey.

For the rest of the hour, we both made my soon to be favorite dessert. Finally, we left for the picnic. I was concerned about was my jello. Did it turn out all right? What if nobody likes it?

As we arrived in front of the tall white house, kids played in a large pool and as soon as I put my bathing suit on, I joined them. I did summersaults in the water and we all played a large round of sharks and Minos. Unfortunately, lunch arrived and all fun stopped. I helped myself to baby chicken wings and pink lemon aid.

After the chicken wings for lunch, I was finally able to try my jello. I took the smallest one out of the batch and slowly began eating. The spoon brushed past my mouth and on to my taste buds. Yummy! It was soft as a cloud and moist as one. The cherry on top topped it all off. It was the best dessert ever.

You could call that day anything you want, but to me, it was a special day. It was the very first time I made a dessert that came out right, not demented and most of scrumptious!! Now, I want to learn more desserts to make all because of the jello I made that day. From there on out I realized how fun cooking and baking is, but off course the best part is being able to eat it.

Submitted by: "Paige R."

Ingredients You'll Need

1 1/3 cups boiling water, divided

1 (3 ounce) package JELL-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin

1 (3 ounce) package JELL-O Cherry Flavor Gelatin

1 envelope KNOX Unflavored Gelatin

1 cup milk, divided

3 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

20 maraschino cherries with stems, well drained, patted dry


Add 2/3 cup boiling water to berry gelatin mix in small bowl;

stir 2 min. until completely dissolved.

Repeat with cherry gelatin mix.


Meanwhile, sprinkle unflavored gelatine over 1/4 cup milk in medium bowl; let stand 5 min. Bring remaining milk to boil in saucepan.

Remove from heat; stir in sugar and vanilla.

Add to plain gelatine mixture; stir until gelatine is completely dissolved.

Cool 10 min.

Spoon berry gelatin into 20 (1-oz.) plastic glasses sprayed lightly with cooking spray, adding about 2 tsp. to each.

Refrigerate 15 min. or until set but not firm.

Top with unflavored gelatine mixture, adding about 2 tsp. to each cup.

Refrigerate 10 min.

Insert cherry, stem end up, into white gelatine layer in each cup.

Refrigerate 2 min.

Cover with cherry gelatin, adding about 2 tsp. to each cup. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.

Remove from cups before serving


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