Thursday, January 15, 2009

Jello Jigglers

Jello Jigglers
Adapted from Jello’s own website with lots of great ideas for kids of all ages

Hands on time: 5 minutes
Chilling time: at least 3 hours
My tip: easiest to prepare the night before – 5 minutes, pop in the fridge and you’re ready for all the fun.

Makes as many shapes as your little ones can get out of a 13”x9” baking dish.

1 ¼ cups fruit juice
1 pkg (8 servings size) your favorite Jello

1. Bring the juice to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat.

2. Place the jello powder into a bowl and stir in the boiling juice. Stir for 3 minutes or until the jello is completely dissolved.

3. Transfer to a 13”x9” pan and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until firm. I let it chill and then cover with plastic wrap.

My big tip: make it the night before you plan on creating Jelly Jiggles with your little ones.

4. When you’re ready to make shapes, dip the bottom of the pan in hot water for 15 seconds or so. Take a knife and ease the edges of the jello away from the pan. Gently use a spatula to begin the release process but DO NOT lift out of the pan. Place a cutting board that is larger than the circumference of the pan, and turn the whole thing upside down. The inverted pan is now over the board and the jello should have dropped onto the cutting board. Take a peak, if it still is in the pan, soak a tea towel in hot water and place over the exposed bottom. This should do the final loosening.

5. Use your favorite cookie cutters to make shapes or just cut into diamonds or squares. Even two year old fingers enjoy this. If there are any leftovers, they can be refrigerated. Well shaped ones can be put in baggies as a snack, or mix the leftovers with some cool whip and serve.

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