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Jell-O either love it or hate. And on some level we are all fascinated by it. It wiggles, it jiggles and comes in a myriad of colors. Let's face it, what other dessert is so fun to play with?

According to Kraft Foods, one hundred years ago, Jell-O was little more than a brand name and an unfulfilled dream. Today, if placed end to end, the 413,997,403 packages of Jell-O gelatin dessert produced in a year would stretch three-fifths of the way around the globe with plenty of room to spare.

More than 1,134,239 packages of Jell-O gelatin are purchased or eaten every day. Today, the Jell-O brand is found on over 120 products encompassing everything from puddings, ready-to-eat snacks, no bake desserts and yogurt.

Jell-O is a brand recognized by 99% of Americans and used regularly in 72% of our homes.

With that being said, here are some tasty Jell-O recipes for you to try out.  Of course there is nothing wrong with plain old Jell-O topped with a bit of whipped cream either.

Cherry Rice Fluff      

1 1/2 cups cooked rice
1 cup milk, divided
3 oz. pkg. cherry gelatin
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
16-oz. can pitted red cherries, halved and drained with juice reserved
Reserved cherry juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 tsp. almond extract

Combine the rice and 1/2 cup of the milk.  Let stand. Dissolve gelatin in the boiling water. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup milk and almond extract.  Chill until partially set. Whip cream with sugar.  Fold rice mixture, cherries, and whipped cream into gelatin.  Spoon into an oiled 6-cup mold or casserole.

Chill until set, about 4 hours.  For the glaze: Combine juice and cornstarch in saucepan.  Heat until thickened.  Stir in extract.  Chill. To serve, unmold fluff and drizzle with glaze.  Yield:  6 servings     

Strawberry-Fig Jam      

7 cups peeled figs
6 cups sugar
4 (3 oz.) packages strawberry Jell-O
1/2 cup boiling water
pinch of salt.

Dissolve Jell-O in water.  Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Cook over low heat for 45 minutes to one hour.  Stir occasionally. Pack in jars.  Will keep for months.     

The New Red Green Mold

2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
1 3-oz package Lime Jell-O
1 3-oz package Strawberry Jell-O
8 oz sour cream or vanilla yogurt
1 10-oz package frozen strawberries in syrup, still frozen

Blend lime gelatin with 1 cup boiling water; stir at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved.  Refrigerate until slightly thickened (about 45 minutes).  Stir in yogurt
or sour cream; blend with whisk until smooth.  Refrigerate until set but not firm. (about 15 additional minutes). Meanwhile, combine strawberry gelatin with remaining 1 cup
boiling water.  Add frozen berries and stir until berries are separated and gelatin is thickened. Spoon over green layer. Refrigerate until firm; serve.     

Supreme Dessert      

2 packages (3 oz each)  or 1 package (6 oz) Jell-O Gelatin (see Note)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups cold water
1 package (10 oz to 1 lb) frozen fruit (see Note)
1 cup sour cream, softened vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or prepared Dream Whip Dessert Topping, or yogurt
1 1/2 tablespoons brandy (*)
1 1/2 tablespoons rum (*)
2 tablespoons Cointreau or Curacao (*)

(*) or substitute 1/2 teaspoon each brandy and rum
extracts and 1 teaspoon orange extract.

Dissolve Jell-O Gelatin and salt in boiling water. Add cold water. Measure 2 cups into bowl; add frozen fruit. Stir, carefully separating fruit with a fork.  Chill until mixture is almost set -- about 15 minutes. Spoon into sherbet glasses, filling each two-thirds
full. Chill until set, but not firm. Chill remaining gelatin until just slightly thickened.
Add remaining ingredients.  Beat 1 minute, or until
bubbly. Spoon into the glasses. Chill until firm.
Makes 6 3/4 cups, or 6 to 8 servings.
For more information on the history of Jell-O, visit Kraft Food's website at And for more yummy Jell-O desserts, check out Chef Andy's Jell-O pages at