Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Alphabe-Thursday..."J" as in I hate Jello!


It's time again for Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny over at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent." This week we are studying the letter "J" as in I hate JELLO!

I really do. I have no recollection of ever eating JELLO, but perhaps my mother fed me some when I was young and impressionable and didn't know enough to refuse. As long as I can remember I've refused to eat JELLO. Why? I think it might be because I don't like my food to move. You know how JELLO wiggles? Disgusting!

However, there is something I make that has JELLO as one of the ingredients, but it doesn't look like JELLO. It doesn't wiggle as much as plain JELLO. I've posted the recipe once before, but this one is worth repeating. When we were living in Virginia Beach, VA during the 1970's my neighbor and friend, Elaine Monn, gave me this recipe. She called it Congealed Salad, but our family has always called it Pink Stuff.


One small can of crushed pineapple
One 6 oz. package of Jello (I use raspberry)
One 12 oz. Cool Whip
2 cups of buttermilk
½ to one cup nuts (I like chopped pecans)

Combine undrained pineapple and Jello in a smallsaucepan. Heat until Jellodissolves. Mix Cool Whip and buttermilk(I use a whisk); add nuts. Stir in Jellomixture; mix thoroughly. Put in a moldor long rectangular pan (I spray my mold lightly with Pam first). Let set for 4 hours (I leave it in therefrigerator overnight.

Serves: 12

Now head over to Ms. Jenny's blog for a list of this week's Alphabe-Thursday participants.


  1. I'm not really a fan of jello either, but this looks yummy!

  2. Buttermilk sounds like an interesting ingredient in this recipe.

  3. OH I am! All of it, and every Christmas and Thanks-giving I make it with get this finely chopped carrots in orange jello of course! I serve a mixture of mayo and sweet cream/sugar in a creamy spread for the top....this jello dish you made is really an excellent mold and sounds a lot like one I make with green jello (lime) and cream cheese added...scrumptious! Great post, it's so cool that you did your homework on something you don't like!

  4. Me too I am not a fan of jello because some are sour. But my mom's home made jello I so loving it and your jello looks really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe! ^_^


  5. Thanks for sharing this recipe! It's a keeper for me..I love this type of jello, not squiggling..

  6. we don;t have jello here but it sure looks good

  7. That looks delicious - I never would have thought about putting buttermilk in jello! sandie

  8. I'm with Chatty Crone above, buttermilk? But then I'm not a buttermilk fan... I'd rather just eat the jello!

  9. I've had some 'interesting' Jello salads in my time...some good, some horrible!

  10. It's Jello! That's Jello, only with a little crunch! I never make it, but I won't turn it down!!

  11. We have jello from time to time. My son really loves it.

  12. I've never seen a jello salad with buttermilk in it, very interesting.
    The one and only time I made one in my special Tupperware container, I couldn't get it to release.

  13. I do not like Jello either but when I was pregnant with my last child I could not get enough of that disgusting mixture

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  14. Put cottage cheese in a bowl, add some cool whip, a can of whatever fruit you want, (I like mandarin oranges) maybe some mini marshmellows, then sprinkle a package of any flavor dry jello over it and fold it all together. Stick it in the fridge to cool for a bit. No jiggly anything, and it's dang yummy!

  15. I'm going to have to take your word for it...the idea of buttermilk and cool whip together doesn't float my boat...but I'm sure that it's a tasty delight in spite of what I may think. :)

  16. Jello salads aren't very common in the UK, not sure I've ever eaten one, myself.
    It sure is pink!

  17. I think I agree...but it comes from childhood trauma of having those "jello molds" with the fruit and thingys stuck inside of it!

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  18. Don't have jello here either but it does look good!

    Great post - as always!

  19. I liked jello with shredded carrots and pineapple in it but plain? ugh why bother. Your recipe looks good.

  20. I'm not too much of a jello fan either but that picture there sure makes it look tasty. I really don't mind jello so much when it's mixed with cool whip:-)

  21. We used to eat a lot of jello, and I still kinda like it. Now and then, anyway.


  22. Rather have jello than buttermilk, but if I have a choice I wouldn't pick either one...With that said, your recipe does sound delish..and pretty too.

  23. Oh my, this sounds like something I would love! It looks pretty too!

  24. I love jello! One of my favorite ways to make it is to substitute applesauce for the cold water. And exact trade. Adds interesting texture and I love the contrast is tastes when added as part of a meal. It is also very refreshing in the summer time.


  25. Anonymous3:50 AM

    I'm not a huge fan of jello either or anything else fruit-flavored, for that matter. If I'm going to have calories, I prefer the chocolate variety!

  26. Betty, I agree with you. I can't stand Jello!

  27. Jello is seriously yucky on its own, but I have a recipe for something like your pink stuff, only green. Everyone loves it. Go figure!

  28. Every once in a great while I get a hankering for raspberry jello with coolwhip on it.

    In fact, I can actually make that in my kitchenette so I may have to brave the plastic sheets and torn up subfloors in the kitchen to see if there's some in the taped up pantry.

    Darn, girl.

    Now I need some jello.

    It is wiggly, though, and kinda/sorta creeps me out, too.

    Thanks for the smile and the happy little post here!





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