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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

First Post!

For my first entry, I decided to post a 'Meghan Original' recipe!  Although, it's not exactly a recipe as much as a concept.  I was having lunch with my husband Bob at Foodlife in Water Tower Place.  Foodlife is a food court on steroids - it has many different stations, but all are somewhat unique and not your typical food court fare.  They have stir-fry, soup, Mexican, Italian, comfort food, and even desserts where they serve up freshly prepared crepes.  Only someone as picky as me would have to resort to sneaking in baos from Wow Bao in an unmarked bag since nothing at Foodlife sounded good to me on this particular day.  Bob was in line at the salad place, when I noticed that they have miniature desserts for sale, like tiny pieces of carrot cake for just $1.  One of the desserts was very intriguing - it was a slice of orange Jello, but it was inside of an orange peel.  How cool!  I started brainstorming about the possibilities:  lime Jello inside a lime, lemon Jello inside a lemon, ant then it hit me - watermelon Jello inside a lime so that it looks like a tiny watermelon!  Genius!  Ok, not quite, but I thought it had the potential to be pretty cute, so I made a prototype to send in to Kraft Food & Family magazine.  Here's what it looks like:
I followed the jiggler recipe, but didn't realize that it called for 4-3oz. boxes - I had only bought 1.  So I used 1/4 the amount of boiling water, and they turned out fine.  The color of the watermelon Jello is a bit lighter than I imagined, so if you're going for the most authentic looking presentation, I'd suggest using another flavor like cherry.  For some, I added brown sprinkles for the watermelon seeds, and the others are seedless.  I had to come up with something to do with all the lime juice, so I made some limeade.  Bob and I started thinking of other uses - like if you made these Jello snacks for a party, the lime juice could be used to make caipirinhas or mojitos.  Then Bob came up with a brilliant idea for an adult party - make the watermelon Jello snacks into Jello shots by using tequila (or vodka, rum, etc.) and then press course/kosher salt on the outside!  We haven't tried this, but I don't see why it wouldn't work.

I had 2 limes, so 4 halves, and had a little leftover from the 1 pkg. of Jello made the jiggler way, so that might give you a rough idea of the lime to Jello ratio for scaling up.  Here's the recipe as it now stands:

Watermelon Jello Jiggler Snacks

Pink or red Jello gelatin (any flavor, watermelon, cherry, etc.)
Decorations (optional)

Slice limes lengthwise, and juice them completely.  Use kitchen sheers to remove the excess pulp/membranes from the insides of the limes.  Invert the lime halves on a paper towel to drain off any moisture, if necessary. Turn halves over and arrange them on a plate so they are ready to be filled.  Prepare Jello according to jiggler recipe on back of box.  Transfer mixture to a glass measuring cup (or you can even prepare it in the measuring cup!)  Gently pour the Jello into the lime halves.  Some may spill onto the plate, but it can easily be cleaned later.  If adding decoration, like sprinkles, add them now, or press them on after the Jello has set. Carefully transfer plate to refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours or until completely set.  If desired, slice limes lengthwise again to create the look of a watermelon slice. 


  1. Hi Meghan,

    Good luck with the endeavor. I have no doubt you will find it both challenging and rewarding. It seems you've put a lot of thought into it already which is excellent. Your Jello Jiggler snacks are a great idea, I think my kids would die and go to heaven!

    Thanks for linking to me, I am flattered and appreciative.

    Again, best of luck! I hope you enjoy the blogging world.


  2. Great idea! Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

  3. Yum! I love the chocolate sprinkles for the seeds too - creative and tasty!

  4. MTM, why have I not had these when you come home????


  5. Hi Meghan,
    Great first post! I look forward to see what else cooks in your kitchen!



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