If you follow me on social media you know I spend a lot of time on Pinterest. I really enjoy finding new recipes, craft and decorating ideas, among other things and often times I’m inspired to try them.
I’m sure I’m not the only one. hehee!
But… how often do those really fun, cool or adorable tips or recipes actually pan out? Hmm… my guess is, not very often. Well, not unless you plan to put a lot of time and effort into it.
Today I had the urge to get in the kitchen and try something fun that I found on Pinterest recently. It’s the MMMONSTER JIGGLERS recipe adapted from JELL-O. Maybe you’ve seen it, maybe you’ve tried it. Silly old me thought it would be pretty quick and simple but, things didn’t turn out as expected.
Take a look…
For the recipe you need each of the following:
It’s JELL-O, I’ve made it numerous times so it should be easy enough, right? Yeah right!
When making this recipe you also need 24 (1 ounce) plastic shot glasses which I did not have on hand so I opted for 3 inch cups that were left over from Gina’s baby shower. I also decided to double the recipe since my cups are larger.
Spray the insides of the plastic cups with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
Mix 1-1/3 cups boiling water to lime gelatin (or in my case melon fusion) in a medium bowl. Stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Chill 12-15 minutes or until cool but not set. Mine took about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, add remaining 1/3 cup boiling water to grape gelatin mix in small bowl; stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Spoon about 1-1/4 teaspoons into each shot glass; set aside. Of course because I was doubling the recipe I added more (filling the cups 1/8 full in the bottoms). I also placed the grape gelatin cups in the refrigerator to set rather than leaving them at room temperature.
Next, spoon chilled lime gelatin over partially set grape gelatin; refrigerate 3 hours or until firm. Unmold desserts onto tray just before serving. Insert licorice into each side for “bolts” and decorate face with decorating gel. Serve immediately.
After allowing both gelatins to chill in the cups I removed one from the fridge and attempted to unmold it from the cup. It took several tries, even after loosening the edges along the inside of the cup but finally it plopped out onto the glass plate.
Ugh, my first thought was “it’s too short”. The monsters head was not as tall as it needed to be in order to create a “face”. “Ok, I can work with this”… or so I thought. I grabbed my decorating gel and started to dot the “eyes” on the side of the monsters face. Oh boy, it didn’t want to adhere. So I tried again, and again. Finally I was able to manage getting two eyes on but by the time I started creating a mouth his eyes were sliding down the side and into his zig-zag mouth as if he was gobbling up his own eyeballs. haha! Sounds funny but it became a bit frustrating.
The gelatin had moisture all around the sides of Frankie’s head so of course a gel is not going to adhere. Hmm, how did the creators of JELL-O get theirs to stick? I wonder.
After giving up on the battle of dabbing new eyes repeatedly, I moved onto the “bolts”. That was no problem at all. So, how does he look? You make the decision for yourself. hehee!
Looks like he’s sweating profusely, right? hahaa!
What was supposed to be a quick and easy dessert for Halloween became an impossible feat.
All is not lost though, these droopy jigglers still taste delicious, fruity and refreshing. Try them for yourself… if you dare!
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