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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving Recipes: Christmas Ribbon Jell-O

This ribbon jell-o is a long standing Thanksgiving tradition at our house and I LOVE it. It's delicious, festive, and I haven't met a person who doesn't like it.....even people (like me) who get weirded out by Jell-O side dishes love it. I'm sure some of my sibs, cousins (Katie!), aunts, uncles and friends who are reading this can attest to how amazing it is. Please leave a comment and tell everyone how good it is! I wish I could send you all a slice right now. Enjoy!

1st layer:

1 6oz lime jell-o
3 cups boiling water

Dissolve lime jell-o into the boiling water. Pour into a 9x13 pyrex pan. Allow to set up in the refrigerator for the time it takes to make your second layer.

2nd layer:

1 cup pineapple juice
4 cups mini marshmallows
1- 6oz lemon jell-o
3 cups boiling water
2- 8oz cream cheese, softened and cut into pieces

In a large pot, pour in pineapple juice and mini marshmallows. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring often until marshmallows have melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside. Boil 3 cups water in a small pot. Dissolve lemon jell-o into boiling hot water. Stir hot lemon jell-o and cream cheese pieces into marshmallow mixture. Use a wire whisk to combine the mixture. Whisk until cream cheese is fully combined and melted. Allow mixture to cool on your counter top for a 1/2 hour. When cooled, ladle all of it over the 1st layer of lime jell-o. Make sure you ladle it gently, so you don't dent or damage the lime jell-o layer. Place back in refrigerator to set up. Give it at least a 1/2 hour. Test it gently with your finger and if it springs back, it's ready for the third layer.

3rd layer:

1 6oz cherry jell-o
3 cups boiling water

Dissolve cherry jell-o into boiling hot water. Allow to cool on your counter top. When cooled, ladle over second layer. Refrigerate for at least one more hour before serving.

Christmas Ribbon Jell-O will last 8-10 days in your fridge. You can cover it, but keep in mind that plastic wrap and press n seal have a strong tendency to suction into the Jell-O, so when you remove the wrap it ends up peeling some of the Jell-O off with it.

image by Briana


Lindsay said...

My mom makes this every year and I love it. I always get mad when she tries to say she isn't going to make it. If she doesn't make it I am going next door.

Emily said...

I've never heard of this before but it looks both simple and amazing! Something that can definitely become a tradition in our new family!

Natalie said...

Like Lindsay said... TRADITION in our house and we still FORCE my mom to make it every year! A must have for my holiday dinners!

Haley and Lance (but probably just Haley) said...

Hmm...interesting. I know I'm going to love it - unlike you I cherish all jell-o related side dishes. :) If my mom won't make it I'm going over to your mom's with Natalie and Lindsay.

Anonymous said...

Hey... shoot it is midnight and i need to know do i spray this pan with pam first?

mel c said...

Think this would be great in individual glass parfait/sundae/wine glasses

mel c said...

Think this would be great in individual glass parfait/sundae/wine glasses

Diana said...

MY Mom mad this every year as far back as I can remember. I never got the recipe ,and nobody seemed to have it. Thank you for posting this.It will feel like Mom is close again .