We do Valentines Day up big at our house. I don't why, but we always have. I always make the kids handcrafted cards and they get a small gift and some candy. (In the case of the boys, they get Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, which gives us days of amusement...or disgust depending which flavor you get.) Our menu always consists of heart-shaped pancakes and strawberry milk. Sometimes I add chocolate covered strawberries or homemade truffles as well.
This year Cainan wanted to try making some Jell-O hearts that he saw on the cover of Family Fun magazine. They looked simple enough so I told him we could give it a try.
They were even easier than I had imagined, AND they turned out exactly like the picture on the magazine, AND they tasted really good. A success all around! So I thought I'd share the recipe with all of you that don't subscribe to Family Fun. I know Valentine's Day is over but you can make these in any color and any shape you want and use them for other parties and events.
Layered Jell-O Hearts (Source: Family Fun Magazine)
3 (3 oz) pkgs. red Jell-O
2 (1/4 oz) envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
Dissolve one package red Jell-O in 3/4 cup boiling water. Add 3/4 cup cold water. Pour into a 13x9 pan. Refrigerate 1 hour or until set.
Stir together 1/2 cup boiling water and condensed milk. In a separate bowl, dissolve all the unflavored gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water for 1 to 2 minutes. Thoroughly mix in 3/4 cup boiling water, then combine this mixture with the condensed milk and let it cool at room temperature. Add half the mixture to the pan of red gelatin, pouring it over a spatula to slow the stream, and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Repeat to alternate layers, ending with red Jell-O on top, chilling each layer for 20 minutes. (Do not wait much longer than 20 minutes because the condensed milk mixture will start to set up even on the counter top.)
Create individual servings with a cookie cutter.
This post is linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays and Tuesdays at the Table.