I love it when the whole family's involved! Will, husband of legendary Parenthacker Hedra, sent this in…perfect for grab-and-go summer snacking:
A few weeks ago I was grocery shopping with the girls, and Miss M wanted more Jell-O ™ cups, but they now use high fructose corn syrup, which she can't have. Very sad Miss M. So I suggested we look at the powder mix and make it ourselves. The mix has no corn syrup, so we bought some and took it home.
When my mom made Jell-O, she would pour it into custard cups so that we had individual servings. We don't have custard cups, but then my eye fell on the small paper cups that Miss M had been playing with earlier in the day. Perfect. We mixed the Jell-O in the bowl, with the girls helping with the stirring – their favorite part of cooking. I put a bunch of cups in a baking pan, we ladled out the Jell-O, and put it in the refrigerator to cool. When it was done, they had little portions of Jell-O that they could easily manage themselves. And no lid to remove!
Even easier: when you mix the Jell-O, do it in a large, glass measuring cup so you can pour (instead of ladle) the liquid into the paper cups.
Also, I just read the directions on my Pomona Universal Pectin (which I use to make jam) — you can mix it with fruit juice to make your own fruity "gel" snacks…with no sugar or artificial color!
Any more Jell-O tricks to share?
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