Cuisine…Sensational snactivities at home

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Getting creative with snack time is an activity the whole family can enjoy. And when it comes to making delicious, fun and contemporary treats, the Jellymongers have turned fun into an art form.

The Jellymongers, Sam Bompas and Harry Parr, are big fans of JELL-O gelatin and are masters when it comes to using it to create spectacular works of art. They have achieved worldwide recognition for their eye-catching sculptures and monuments from their native England. According to Bompas and Parr, making JELL-O creations is a perfect way to have fun in the kitchen. They have put together a few quick tips for some sensational snacks that can be tried at home:

•Everyday home items can be used to create fun shapes—the only limit is your creativity! Try setting JELL-O in ice cube trays, cupcake pans or reusable plastic containers.

•When making the gelatin, stir in fruit or substitute juice for some of the water for an extra fruity creation.

•Looking to give your gelatin a firmer set? Try adding KNOX gelatin to help your shapes and molds keep their form. Perfect for bite-sized snacks!

•To easily release a masterpiece from its mold, dip mold in a bowl of hot water for a few seconds. Wet a sturdy plate, place on top of the mold and invert. The JELL-O will slip out onto the plate for display.

“JELL-O gelatin has a great collection of snack ideas that are fun to make, and even more fun to eat,” says Bompas. “These everyday snacks are easy to do at home and take 20 minutes or less to prepare.”

The classic JELL-O JIGGLERS recipe serves as a wonderful “snacktivity” for small hands. From moons and stars to racecars and footballs, you can create endless, fun shapes with a pan of gelatin and cookie cutters. Finger Gelatin is another bite-sized snack idea, perfect for parties or an afternoon treat.

It’s mix and match time! Unleash inner creativity with Jellin’-Melon, by combining your favorite fruit and gelatin flavor. Try chilling lime gelatin in a hollowed out cantaloupe for a refreshing citrus treat. With all the possible combinations, this makes for an extra special snack time treat.

For more information, creative recipe ideas and special savings, visit http://www.jello.com.

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‘Jellin’-Melon’ Snacks

Prep time: 15 minutes plus refrigerating
Makes: 8 servings
1 cantaloupe, or other melon, cut lengthwise in half
3/4 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Lime Flavor Gelatin
1/2 cup cold water

REMOVE seeds from melon halves; cut thin slice from bottom of each half. Scoop out melon flesh, leaving 1-inch-thick shells. Place upside-down on paper towels to drain.
ADD boiling water to gelatin mix; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate 15 min. or until slightly thickened. Pour into melon shells.
REFRIGERATE 3 hours or until gelatin is set. Cut into wedges.

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JELL-O JIGGLERS

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes (incl. refrigerating)
Makes: 2 dozen or 24 servings, 1 JIGGLER each
2-1/2 cups boiling water (Do not add cold water)
2 pkg. (6 oz. each) JELL-O Gelatin, any flavor

STIR boiling water into dry gelatin mix in large bowl at least 3 minutes until completely dissolved. Pour into 13×9-inch pan.
REFRIGERATE at least 3 hours or until firm.
DIP bottom of pan in warm water 15 seconds. Cut into 24 decorative shapes using 2-inch cookie cutters, being careful to cut all the way through gelatin to bottom of pan. Lift JIGGLERS from pan. Reserve scraps for snacking. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

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Finger Gelatin

Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Makes: 12 servings, about 12 squares each
3 pkg. (4-serving size each) JELL-O Raspberry Flavor Gelatin
4 envelopes KNOX Unflavored Gelatin
4 cups boiling water

MIX both gelatins in large bowl; stir in boiling water until completely dissolved.
POUR into 13×9-inch pan. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
CUT gelatin mixture into small squares. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

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Layered Mousse Bites

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 3 hours, 10 minutes
Makes: 9 servings
2-1/2 cups boiling water
2 pkg. (3 oz. each) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

ADD boiling water to gelatin mixes in medium bowl; stir with whisk for 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in COOL WHIP until well blended.
POUR into 8-inch square pan.
REFRIGERATE for 3 hours or until firm. Cut into 36 pieces.

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Patriotic Parfaits

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 4 hours, 10 minutes
Makes: 9 servings
2 cups boiling water
1 pkg. (6 oz.) or 2 pkg. (3 oz. each) JELL-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin
2 cups cold water
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
1 cup fresh strawberries, halved

ADD boiling water to gelatin mix in large bowl; stir for 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Pour into 9 parfait or dessert glasses.
REFRIGERATE for 4 hours or until firm.
SPOON 2 cups COOL WHIP over desserts; top with berries and remaining COOL WHIP.

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Juicy Gelatin

Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
1 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Sugar Free Gelatin
1 cup cold orange juice

STIR boiling water into gelatin in medium bowl for at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in orange juice.
REFRIGERATE for 4 hours or until firm.

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