Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I Love Jello

I love Jello, any flavor with fruit and/or mini marshmallows in it, though I'll pass on the celery or shredded carrots! *shudder*  One of my favorite combos is Lime Jello with shredded apples in it. 

My new obsession is Jello with yogurt mixed in--double yum. Since this post isn't sponsored by Jello, and I usually buy generic, I guess I should call it gelatin, but really everyone knows it as Jello.

I love the variety of combinations that you can come up with...
Cherry Jello with Key Lime Yogurt
Strawberry Jello with Peach Yogurt
Lime Jello with Raspberry Yogurt
Orange Jello with Pina Colad Yogurt
Raspberry Yougurt with Blueberry Yogurt
...Oh, the possibilities are endless. And as a mom, I feel like I'm serving something a little bit healthier than solidified food coloring and sugar.  I've tried non-fat, lite, and low-carb yogurts and regular and sugar-free gelatin-- they all work. I'm sure Greek Yogurt would even work.

The icing on the cake, Cool-Whip on the Jello, is that when you add the yogurt, the rules of chemistry get bent somehow and it sets up in about 2 hours, instead of the regular 4+ hours gelatin usually takes.

Here's how to do it. It is pretty complicated, but stay with me-- the end result is worth it. 

Yogurt Gelatin
1 small box of Gelatin
1 6oz yogurt

Mix gelatin according to package directions. Stir in yogurt until completely dissolved. Chill in fridge. For a harder set reduce cold water to 3/4 cup.

Seriously, it's that easy.  I've read online some different variations, including whipping it, adding 2 to 4! yogurts, and stirring in whipping topping. I may try to whip it before chilling, but 4 yogurts! That seems like it would be yogurt with a hint of Jello.

Now the fun part. Add Ins!  Really any chopped fruit will do (except for the ones listed on the Jello box that prevent it from setting up, like fresh pineapple.)
Fruit Cocktail
Mandarin Oranges
Cherry Pie Filling
1 cup Applesauce
Shredded Apples (use a cheese grater)
Chopped Peaches
Strawberries (thought they tend to go pale, weird, I know)

Don't forget to top it off with Whipped Topping or Mini Marshmallows!
Here's what we had for dinner last night...Mmmm...

Raspberry Yogurt with Blackberry low-carb Yogurt and Mini Marshmallows

Enjoy!! Let me know if you come up with some fantastic combinations.

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