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Jello Recipes

Updated on July 9, 2013

Jello Recipes - Bringing People Together

You can't go to a family picnic, or a neighbor's birthday party without seeing a jello dish of some sort on the table. This are the recipes lovingly made and passed on within families. These are the down to earth recipes that memories are based on. This is real life, this is good natured fun. This is....jello.

Jello recipes are about as American as apple pies and hot dogs. Every family has favorite twist on the good old fashioned jello recipe. There is an endless list of things one can make with jello.

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Jello Recipe Books

Frothy Seperated Layer

~ Jello Recipe ~

Replace the cold water in the regular preparation steps with 1/2 tub of cool whip. Blend using a mixer and pour into individual glass serving dishes - also looks great in champagne glasses. The jello will begin to separate almost immediately. Refrigerate until firm. An opaque frothy (but firm) pastel colored layer will form at the top. Below it is the traditional translucent brightly colored layer. Dress it up with a few berries or slice of fruit for a nice finish.

Jell-O "Dive-On-In" Cake - Make a Fun Pool Party Cake

This video provided by demonstrates the preparation of the JELL-O "Dive-on-In" Cake recipe that can be found on the Kraft Foods website.

Watch our Kraft Kitchen Expert demonstrate how JELL-O Gelatin and a cake mix are all you need to get started on this whimsical dessert. Follow our simple "Dive-on-In" Cake recipe video and your creative cooking talents are sure to make a splash at your next birthday party or celebration.

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To Serve

Lekue Silicone Imperial Royal Crown 8.7 Inch Mold
Lekue Silicone Imperial Royal Crown 8.7 Inch Mold

Create jello mold, then fill the inside hole with a jello salad. The mold acts as a bowl for the salad.


Strawberry Jello Cake

~ Recipe ~

1 white cake mix

1 package strawberry jello

1 container topping like Cool Whip

I try to use a pan for this that is nice enough looking to serve in - like glass. Bake cake according to directions, let cool. Mix jello with 1 cup of warm water. Using a fork, make several holes in top of cake without going through and then pour jello over cake. Spread Cool Whip over it and refrigerate until chilled. Decorate the top with colored sugar crystals or fresh strawberries.

Another option is to thaw a package of frozen strawberries, and put a layer between the cake and the cool-whip.

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Video Jello Recipes

Jello Jigglers

~ Classic Jello Recipe ~

2 1/2 cups boiling water (Do not add cold water.)

2 pkg. (8-serving size each) Jello of any flavor

Stir the jello into the boiling water until it is completely dissolved. Then pour mix into a 13x9-inch pan, and put into the refrigerator until firm. It should not stick to the touch.

Dip the bottom of the pan into warm water for about 15 seconds to loosen jello from bottom of pan. Using cookie cutters, or a butter knife, cut out the desired shapes. Lift shapes from the pan.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

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      imagelist lm 5 years ago

      Great lens with valuable info...

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      I love jell-o we recently started buying the little snack cups for our girls. Thanks for the fun recipes

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      I haven't had jello since I was a child at kids' birthday parties! Brings back memories.

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      These recipes all look delicious. I especially like the one that uses Cool Whip in place of the usual cold water.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing all these delicious jello recipes.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      I didn't know you could do so many different things with Jello. I'll have to try some of these.

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      latiptop 5 years ago

      This is great! Can't wait to make that dive-on-in cake with my girls!:)

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      ae dc 5 years ago

      i love jello. thanks for the recipes

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      Maurice Glaude 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I don't have a recipe but just got a few great ideas for the 4th of July from your lens. Thanks

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Trader Joe's has a new jello that is a little more natural, a little less likely to make you glow in the dark. :) I used to mix lemon-lime jello with 7-up and applesauce - that's "salad" in the South.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Some great ideas here. Any suggestions where to find recipes for any of the jellos shown in pics? I'd like to make the umbrella one!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      always good to have 2 or 3 of these molds on hand, great article with selection.

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      Chocolate Pickney 6 years ago from Jamaica

      I love jello, i hardly mix it with water, i usually use juice. i love that jello dive in cake. I hope to try it sometime

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      RecordLady 6 years ago

      My daughter adds applesauce instead of water. Grand kids love it. Great lens

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      Sher Ritchie 6 years ago

      I love jello! Here's the current family favourite: Make jello as per packet, allow to set, then cut into pieces and mix into melted chocolate; add marshmellows & set. Jello Rocky Road!

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      Oh, Jello! I love the stuff. But I've never seen anything like the Jello Dive-In Cake. It's a masterpiece! Nice lens

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Gotta love a great Jell-O recipe! Delicious! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Will be trying the separated frothy layer recipe. Sounds so good!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yummy! Iâll definitely share this with my friends. Thanks for sharing. Squid-liked!

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      colleenw1 6 years ago

      I remember when I was little and my mom would make Jello, she would also put fruit cocktail in it.... Yum...

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      Kristin 6 years ago from Long Beach, CA

      YUM! Jello is so much fun!

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      LeopoldBlatt 6 years ago

      Mouthwatering! I never realized that you could do so much with this simple feed.

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      Darcie French 6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I love jello deserts - yummy page :)

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Yes, I do, and it involves tequila and lime jello to make evil little coctail shots that will do you in before you even think twice! cute lens!

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      Shamim Rajabali 6 years ago from Texas

      Loved the videos. Thanks.

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Great ideas for your gang!

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Wow, what a treat!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      love jello. it really is something one should always have handy. very useful

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      katiecolette 6 years ago

      I love layered jello cakes.

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      dc64 lm 6 years ago

      I am such a Jelloholic! I can eat Jello everyday. If I was stranded on a deserted island and could only have one type of food it would be chocolate (but Jello would be in my top ten, behind cheese).

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Love your fun lens!

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      I just love jello, so I enjoyed your lens a lot. I also have a jello lens that you might like: Fluffy Jello Dessert

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love the jigglers! My favorite thing is fruit cocktail. I put the can in the fridge and use the syrup for the cold water part of the jello recipe.

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      You have some great recipes. Love the dive in cake.

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      ACatLady 6 years ago

      nice ways to add some pizazz to a jello mold

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Excellent lens - well done!

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      Superdue22 6 years ago

      The Jello fish bowl is pretty awesome! I have come across several recipes for using Jello mix to flavor cookies with. It's on my to-do list!

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      The most beautiul cake I ever saw was a large and replica of my favorite cruise ship. The cake was about 8 feet long, and every detail was duplicated, right down to the water in the two swimming pools and hot tubs. The water was actually berry blue jello.

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      Ann Hinds 7 years ago from So Cal

      I added this to my Jello Strawberry Salad lens because there are so many great ideas here. I'm glad to see a purple star because it really deserves one. Angel blessed

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      LOL! I happen to think jello was one of the greatest inventions ever! Thanks for the new ideas :)

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      jojokaya lm 7 years ago

      i love jello..

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      photofk3 7 years ago

      I love jello. Nice lens.

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      I love Jello! :)

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      TopMovieSoundtr 7 years ago

      A family favorite is jello cheesecake squares.

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      dreameater 7 years ago

      very nice lens! yummy recipes!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I had jello all the time growing up. We don't do it for are children though ever since we moved back to the States.

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 7 years ago

      Kids love jello and so do I! Thanks for making me smile.

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      CCGAL 7 years ago

      I like to use orange juice for the cold water part of orange or peach jello - omigosh, that's tasty. I also use the sugar free instant jello pudding mixed with juice as the sweet sauce for my fruit salad. Enjoyed this lens - now I'm wanting some Jello.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      kids just love jello when it comes to picnic... nice lense

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      Samuel_Princeton 7 years ago

      Jello Jigglers can't be beat!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      My mom always made a vegetable salad with lime jello. I haven't thought about that for YEARS! Now I'm going to see if anyone has that was just delicious even though it doesn't sound very good. Thanks for tweaking my memory!

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      SusansZooCrew 7 years ago

      Now I want some jello! Great lens!

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      JJNW 7 years ago from USA

      I love the pic of the fish bowl full of jello. Oh my! What fun for a party. I love the ideas and colorful lens you have here!

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      Jello! The best food of my childhood. I still love it and now if you'll excuse me I think I'll go make some.

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      gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

      Great lens! Is there such a thing as organic jello?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I love Jello. Liked it for you :)

      Feel free to visit my Love Eat squidoo lens.


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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      I try to always keep jello on hand. It's an easy treat to fix. I like mine with fruit.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Ahh...Jello, so timeless, we all grew up with it no matter how old or how young we are. A really nice lens on a really tasty subject

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      kt_glasses 7 years ago

      amazing recipes! love them all!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Who doesn't love Jello, it's so easy to make and just the perfect light and refreshing dessert. The number of flavours there are today is unbelievable, and all the ways to make Jello make it just a fun dessert. - Kathy

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      WorldVisionary3 7 years ago

      I am a jello fanatic too! If you love fluffy jello desserts, check out my Fluffy Jello Dessert lens

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      It's amazing the variety of presentations that can be given to the jelly. Purplestar Congratulations.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Jello is so refreshing especially in the summertime! Congratulations on your Purple Star for this delicious lens! Lensrolling to Raspberry Dream Pie!

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      yepitiswhatitis 7 years ago

      Jello is fun! Love the jello cake!

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      Jello is always fun for the younger set. Lots of great ways for making something a little different like the "dive in cake". Congrats on the purple star.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Congrats on your purple star.

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      Congrats on the purple star! Jello has been a staple at all of our family and church functions as long back as I can remember.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      My kids will definitely thrilled with these Jello recipes. Will try making a couple of these and surprise my children.

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      ¨¨¨°º©©º° This lens has been blessed! °º©©º°¨¨¨

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      kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @MartinPrestovic: No no. That's not me. I'm East Coast East Coast.

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      MartinPrestovic 7 years ago

      Looks really easy to make! This would be a fun thing to do with my nephews and nieces around. They love anything that involves Jell-o. Btw, that Broken Glass recipe on blogger - another one of your blog kab?

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      clemency lm 8 years ago

      Wow, what a cool lens! Never thought of making a cake out of jello (or jelly as we call it over here in the UK). Will have to give it a try. 5***** and lensrolled to my homemade fudge lens.

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      Viewmylisting 8 years ago

      Yum! 5* fav, lens rolled to my food lens :

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Angel Blessings and Happy New Year!

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      mockingbird999 8 years ago

      Jello can be a lot of fun. You can make just any shape with it.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      lol lol lol lol lol lol

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I use to have a orange chicken recipe made with orange flavor jello instead of orange juice or marmalade that was terrific. I can nno longer find it. Does anyone know tis recipe and would be willing to share it???

      Thanks a whole bunch!!!

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      [in reply to Lisan200] As a matter of fact, I do. It is the Broken Glass recipe.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My mom was talking about a cake she recalls as "cut glass cake" which consisted of different colors of jello cut into squares then placed inside a spring form pan. She used lady fingers on the outside but cannot recall what was mixed with the different colors of jello. She said when you cut it open it looked like "cut glass". Anyone have a clue to an old recipe that sounds like this?

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      and for you vegans: Vegan Jel Dessert

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Looking for Jello recipes, uses the dry Jello (no water added hot or cold) The recipes I am talking about takes a box of jello frozen fruit, cottage cheese, cool whip and some times cream cheese to make. Does anyone have any of this type of recipe? My mother in law made many different types but they primarily has some or all of these ingredients.

      She lived in a small town in Ks, but has now passed on not leaving any of these fabulous recipes behind. Most of the people in the small town that she knew has also passed on or don't remember how they were made so if amy one has any of this type of recipe PLEASE POST and PASS THEM ON, They were so YUMMY!

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      eccles1 8 years ago

      even though I don't eat like this any more (sugar) this is a beautiful lens !

      thank you

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      Jello is one of my guilty pleasures! Love it so much, and I've got to try some of these new ideas you have here. I've never had Jello cake, so that's my next cooking project.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      blessed by a squidangel

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      JoeyFrat 8 years ago

      Those jello desserts are making my mouth water just looking at them. Great lens.

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      Sniff It Out 9 years ago

      Great lens and a welcome addition to The Cooks Cafe group.

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      MarketPipeline 9 years ago

      Jello is a great way to make a low calorie dessert. Very nice lens on the subject.

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      allinfoisfree 9 years ago

      Hmmmm, Jello! 5 *'s!

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nothing quite like Jello is there. 5***** for a great and fun lens. Of course in England Jello is called Jelly, and Jelly is called Jam. Gets confusing at times :)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      my mom use to always make the broken glass cake, it was delicious!

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      poutine 9 years ago

      I like Jell-O but when I was at the hospital, They

      gave me way too much of after that I was quite a long time not eating it.


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      Dianne Loomos 9 years ago

      Jello is one of those good old classic food. Thanks for an entertaining lens. 5*

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      juliasofia44 9 years ago

      Good recipes lens.

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      VBright 9 years ago

      Delicious! J-E-LL-O. Thanks for joining the Dessert contest! If it were up to me, you would all win! Our guest judge will have a difficult time!

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      youhavegottobekidding 9 years ago

      Thanks a lot for all those infos and tips regarding Jellos. I may say that if you are really cooking a lot of Jello foods I suggest that you get one of those alphabet molds. they really come handy.

      5 stars for your Great Lens.

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      PicNickIn 9 years ago

      There's always room for J-E-L-L-O!

      What a fun lens!!

      ~Mr DIY Picnic Tables

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Nice lens. Jello is a fun and easy treat.



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      CounselMom 9 years ago

      Yumm...makes me want to whip up something with Jello!