Jen’s Fruity Ice Cream-y Jell-o.

Jell-o. It’s not a guilty pleasure. I love the stuff. About 20 years ago, I found out you could use softened ice cream in place of half the water, just like you would whipped topping. Oh baby! That’s some delicious stuff! Still not convinced you should try this retro gold?! Okay, let this play out in Justin Timberlake’s voice in your head, “I’m bringin’ jell-o back. Yeah.” Yeah, I know. I’ll see you in jell-o town!

I love making the jell-o right in little parfait cups, but you can use a big bowl if you’d like. Glass is so much more fun so that you can see the layers from the side. Here are a few of my fruity faves…

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Jen’s Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream-y Jell-o

Bottom layer:
1 4-serving size blue jell-o – I like to use sugar-free when available, but you do you
¾ cup boiling water
Stir with a fork until dissolved.

1 cup softened vanilla bean ice cream
Stir in til smooth. Put in the fridge for an hour. Stir, then move it into its serving bowl(s). Put it in the fridge for one more hour.

Top layer:
1 4-serving size lemon jell-o – I like to use sugar-free when available
¾ cup boiling water
Stir with a fork until dissolved.

1 cup cold water
Stir in til smooth. Put in the fridge for an hour. Stir.IMG_6778

When the hour’s up…
Lemon Curd
Pipe a circle of lemon curd around the outside edge of each parfait cup. A small Ziploc bag with the corner cut works very well for this.
Blueberries
Dot the lemon curd with blueberries. Gently spoon the slightly thickened lemon jell-o over the top. Chill for 3 more hours.

Jen’s Peach Raspberry Ice Cream-y Jell-o

This one is particularly fantastic with barbecue! Need inspiration? Here’s the recipe for my smoked barbecue brisket. You should totally make that!

Bottom layer:
1 4-serving size raspberry jell-o – I like to use sugar-free when available, but you do you
¾ cup boiling water
Stir with a fork until dissolved.

1 cup softened vanilla bean ice cream
Stir in til smooth. Put in the fridge for an hour. Stir, then move it into its serving bowl(s). Put it in the fridge for one more hour.

Top layer:
1 4-serving size peach jell-o – I like to use sugar-free when available
¾ cup boiling water
Stir with a fork until dissolved.

1 cup cold water
Stir in til smooth. Put in the fridge for an hour. Stir.

When the hour’s up…
Fresh raspberries and canned peaches (fresh peaches would be too hard here)
Arrange on top of the raspberry jello. Gently spoon the slightly thickened peach jell-o over the top. Chill for 3 more hours.

Jen’s Creamsicle Jell-o

Bottom layer:
1 4-serving size orange jell-oI like to use sugar-free when available, but you do you
¾ cup boiling water
Stir with a fork until dissolved.

1 cup softened vanilla bean ice cream
Stir in til smooth. Put in the fridge for an hour. Stir, then move it into its serving bowl(s). Put it in the fridge for one more hour.

Top layer:
1 4-serving size orange jell-o – I like to use sugar-free when available
¾ cup boiling water
Stir with a fork until dissolved.

1 cup cold water
Stir in til smooth. Put in the fridge for an hour. Stir.

When the hour’s up…
Mandarin oranges
Arrange on top.
Marshmallow fluff
Put a dot in the center. Or a big spoonful. Sometimes it floats and you get alien jell-o. That just adds to the magic. Gently spoon the slightly thickened orange jell-o over the top. Chill for 3 more hours.

 

 

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