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Oh, my! For the past few days I swear, I have been LIVING off gelatin. It’s very surgery friendly, goes down smooth and tastes good. They pumped me full of it at the hospital! I swear I ate like 12 cups of it in a 24 hour period. OK, maybe not 12, but it was a lot. The nurses kept bringing it to me cuz they stock it like medical supplies at the nurses station on the recovery floor – for pudding I had to call down to the kitchen and order it. Such a pain, so Jell-O was the main staple of my “liquid diet”.
I had that lifted as soon as I heard it was pot roast for dinner! So when I got home, I was craving some gelatin! Like CRAZY! And since the College Basketball Final Four is happening soon, I thought why not create a delicious and fun gelatin snacks for parties?! It’s a creative “drink” that’s easily shared with friends while watching the basketball game at your place or theirs, so I created a Cherry Coke Float Jelly, because who wouldn’t want one? These are so fun and really taste almost exactly like a Cherry Coke Float! Careful not to eat them all!
I first got really interested in Jellies a few years back. It was my cool go to thing to bring to parties, because they are fun and tasty and I love the look of surprise and probably a bit of “Are you serious with this thing right here?” they give me. Have I mentioned that the crazy looks are one of my more favorite parts of being creative? Cuz it is. I attempted a Jello-O cake for Memorial Day and after that I was dubbed the Jelly master. It’s really quite fun, and a great way to be creative, using less than traditional flavors for Jellies, I mean come on, ANYONE can make lime or cherry, but it takes a Jelly master to create a Cherry Coke Float!
So they have these really cute little 4 packs at Walmart for the Final Four Games… Final Four PACK! – Get it!? Anyway, they come in Vanilla, Cherry and Zero varieties of Coke and they are JUST PERFECT for this recipe, because you need 3 cans, and then one to drink or share while you wait for all this gelatin business to set up. 3+1=4. Math genius right here folks. And seriously, an ice cold Cherry Coke over ice, it’s like heaven, right?
If you’ve never ventured outside of cookie cutters or snack cups, then you’ve come to the right place, because I will break it down for you SUPER EASY and it will come out perfect every time, as long as you have some patience and the will to make it work.
Cherry Coke Float Jellies
- 1 box of Black Cherry flavored Gelatin
- 1 box of Knox Unflavored Gelatin (4 envelopes)
- 3 cans of Cherry Coke
- 1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 jar of Maraschino Cherries
- 1 cup ice cold cherry punch
In a medium sauce pan, add 1/4 cup water and sprinkle 2 packets of unflavored gelatin on top. This will allow the gelatin to bloom and not clump together. Pour the packet of cherry jello into the gelatin and water mixture and mix well. Add 1/4 more water if needed and bring to a boil. Once the gelatin is completely dissolved, add the 3 cans of coke. It will fizz up and foam A LOT, this is ok. Remove from heat and stir until well mixed. Add 1 cup of cold punch and stir together. Pour into a large glass baking dish, try not to let too much of the foam into the pan, and place in the fridge to set up. You want it to be in the fridge about 30 minutes, until just barely set, still very jiggly and sticky to the touch.
Next, make your “float” layer.
Bloom the remaining 2 packets of gelatin in 1/4 cup water and bring to a boil until completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Add the can of sweetened condensed milk and 1 cup of cold water. Stir until completely incorporated. The mixture will be thick. Let cool and remove your pan from the fridge. If the mixture is too hot it will melt the previous gelatin layer, creating a muddling of the layers and not a sharp distinct line. When it is cooled, CAREFULLY spoon the mixture onto the top of the Cherry Coke layer. It will be a thin layer compared to the previous layer, but spread it out completely. If you pour it too fast onto the bottom layer, it will cause a huge mess, break the gelatin layer and sink to the bottom. Ask me how I know this…
Once the cream layer is poured carefully over the top, gently place the Maraschino Cherries along the top in even lines. When you cut the Jellies out later, you will have a cherry in the middle of each, so use that knowledge as a guide to where to put the cherries. The cream mixture should be thick enough and the coke layer set enough that the cherries won’t move around or sink.
Carefully replace the pan of Jelly pan back into the fridge to set overnight. A complete 24 hour set is BEST for Jellies, but overnight will work just as well.
Before you serve the Jellies, use a very sharp knife to cut them completely, into squares. Using a spatula, (but I think fingers work best) pull the gelatin squares out of the pan, and arrange them on a serving plate. Enjoy!
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