Scotty’s (Mom’s) Red Hot Jello

A co-worker actually said “…it tastes like Christmas!” 🎅🤶🎄😀

It’s a family dish that my Mom’s Mom used to make, and I love it.  For years now I’ve been bringing it to get-together’s at work, and I’m always amazed that hardly any ever gets eaten…

What’s wrong with you people!?

For several years I was convinced that the reason nobody tried it, was that it would always end up on the dessert table.  Well of course nobody is gonna choose jello when it’s on the same table as pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, Christmas cookies, fluffy chocolate smores pie with graham cracker crust, etc!

So this year at our Zimmer Thanksgiving feed I MADE SURE it was with all of the other salad-type sides.  I even positioned it next to the cranberry sauce, because it’s appearance is much more festive looking than that purple goop shaped like a can!

Didn’t matter, you see the result above.

However several co-workers DID say that they thought it was good, and hoped I would bring it again.  Including Sofia who made the comment about it tasting like Christmas!

(As of this writing Liz has yet to try it, stay tuned)

Anyway, here it is…


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  • Put 8 0z of red hots into a bowl.  (And just a tip, I struggled to find the red hots at first as there weren’t any in there usual place with the other hard candies.  But I found some in with the Christmas stuff, they were Brach’s Imperials.)
  • Pour two cups of boiling water over the candies and stir until they all dissolve.  It’ll take a minute.
  • Add three ice cubes.  (I have NO IDEA what this step is for, but I remember the first time Mom was telling me the recipe she made it very clear not to use two or four ice cubes.)
  • Add two boxes of cherry gelatin mix, stir until dissolved. (I saw a lady on YouTube use one cherry and one raspberry I think, but I stick with cherry.)
  • Stir in 16 oz of cinnamon applesauce.
  • Cover it and put it in the fridge until it’s jello-like.

That’s it.  And if you try it I’d love to know what you think!  Unless you don’t like it, then keep it to yourself…

– Scotty


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