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Jello Fun
by Melinda Mooney

There is nothing more fun for dessert or snack time than a dessert made with Jello - fun to eat, fun to touch, and fun for kids to make themselves. Here is a batch of wiggly, jiggly and colorful recipes for kids of all ages. Kids, remember, when using the stove or handling hot foods be sure and have an adult supervise or help you.

Make a Jello Aquarium

1 3-oz. pkg. Berry Blue Jello
1 c. boiling water
2 c. ice cubes
Gummy Fish

Dissolve the Jello in boiling water. Stir well to make sure it all dissolves. Add ice cubes, stirring until Jello thickens. This can take a few minutes. Remove any unmelted ice. Spoon the Jello into two clear sided bowls or cups. Put several gummy fish into the slightly thickened Jello. Refrigerate 30 minutes to one hour to set.

Frozen Jello Pops

2 c. boiling water
1 3-oz. box of Jello, any flavor
1/2 c. sugar
2 c. cold water
small paper cups or popsicle molds

Put Jello and sugar into a medium size bowl. Stir boiling water into the Jello and sugar until completely dissolved, stirring about two minutes. Stir in cold water. Pour into molds or paper cups. Put in freezer to harden. When halfway frozen put a Popsicle stick in each cup for a stick. Let freeze at least 8 hours.

Pastel Cookies

3/4 cup shortening (Crisco)
1/2 cup sugar
1 3-oz. pkg. fruit flavored Jello
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix shortening, sugar, gelatin Jello, eggs and vanilla in bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with bottom of glass that has been dipped in sugar. Bake 6-8 minutes. You can dip them in powdered sugar when they are done or decorate with icing. Makes about 5 dozen.

Jello Cones

1 3-oz. pkg. Jello, any flavor
1 c. boiling water
1 c. cold water
4 flat bottom ice cream cones
1/2 cup whipped topping -- thawed

Dissolve Jello in boiling water; add cold water and chill in bowl until set, about two hours or so. Spoon set Jello into cones. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles. Serve at once.

Jello Rainbow Cake

1 box white cake mix
2 3-oz. pkg. Jello, any flavor
2 cups boiling water
1 container of cool whip, thawed (8 oz.)

Bake cake mix as directed on package. You can use two different flavors of Jello if making two round cakes but only use one flavor if making one rectangle cake. You can remove from the pans to cool and then put the cake back in the pan or simply leave it in there.

Using a wooden spoon handle, poke holes evenly spaced across the top of the cake. Dissolve each flavor separately in 1 cup boiling water if making two. Carefully pour the gelatin over the cake making sure to cover the whole cake. Chill 3-4 hours in the refrigerator. Top with about 1 cup cool whip. Keep in refrigerator.

Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

4 1/2 to 5 c. angel food cake, cut into cubes
1 3-oz. pkg. vanilla instant pudding
1 cup milk
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
1 3-oz. pkg. strawberry Jello
1 1/2 c. boiling water
11 oz. frozen strawberries

Put cake cubes into a rectangular shaped pan about 9"x9". Mix the pudding & milk in bowl, add ice cream & beat until well blended. Pour over cake & set in fridge until firm. Dissolve jello in water & add strawberries. Stir until thickened, pour over pudding layer. Chill until set.

Jello Jigglers

Jello any flavor you want

Make the Jello according to the package directions but only use HALF the amount of water the recipe tells you to put in. Pour into a shallow dish and use cooking cutters to cut out shapes. Eat with your fingers.

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