This post is sponsored by the Jell-O brand, but all opinions are my own.
Jell-O recently launched a new line of mixes called Jell-O Simply Good which have no artificial flavors, dyes or preservatives. Oddly enough, Harlow and Mazzy had never eaten Jell-O before and the new line made me think that Jell-O would be a fun snack, not to mention a great activity.
I mean, what child isn’t delighted by their first experience with Jell-O?
To up the experience even further, I researched unique Jell-O recipes (of which there are a ton like Rocky Road Pudding, Strawberry Banana Smoothies and Greek Yogurt Bites) but ultimately wanted to go with something that showed off the traditional Jell-O form. I decided on Sunset Wedges, which uses all the new Jell-O Simply Good, which are flavored with real fruit juice, to represent the colors of the sunset, set in orange halves and then sliced. It wasn’t so much a new recipe, as a really fun presentation.
When I told Harlow about our Pinterest Mission, she was very excited. “I’ve never had Jell-O!”
“I know!” This was going to be fun.
Here’s what you’ll need:
4 packs of Jell-O Simply Good: Strawberry, Mixed Berry, Orange Tangerine and Pineapple Orange
12 Oranges (each pack is enough to fill 3 oranges with Jell-O which equates to six wedges each)
2 cups Water (1 cup boiling, 1 cup cold)
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
Step #1: Cut the oranges in half and scoop them out. We did this with a knife and an ice cream scooper. This is definitely a task that should be left to the adults.
Step #2: Set the orange cups in a muffin tray so that they stay upright. That was Harlow’s job.
Step #3: Cereal break! I don’t know what it is about cooking and baking that makes Harlow crave a snack every time. Probably the fact that she’s around food but can’t eat it yet.
Step #4: Boil 1 cup of water. While you wait for the water to boil, you can practice by mixing the contents of an empty bowl and singing the “mixing song.” At least that’s how Harlow spent this very important three minutes.
Step #5: Add one pouch of gelatin mix to boiling water and stir until completely dissolved.
Step #6: Mix in 1 cup of cold water.
Step #7: Use a ladle to fill each orange half. The ladle was the size of Harlow’s face but she scooped the liquid Jell-O into the oranges like a pro.
Step #8: Clean up all spilled mix.
Step #9: Stick orange halves in the fridge.
Step #10: Repeat with each flavor.
Jell-O needs four hours in the fridge to set. Harlow’s suggestions for how to pass the time are as follows:
• Take a bath, eat dinner, and pick out your clothes for tomorrow
• Go to the playground
• Scoot to the other end of Manhattan and back
• Write a letter to your mother about how much you love her (Alright, that last one came from me)
Step #11: Once the Jell-O set, I cut each half into three wedges. I recommend using a sharp knife to cut the oranges as cleanly as possible. I definitely sacrificed a bunch along the way. I also recommend using smaller oranges so the wedges stay in tact.
Step #12: Line up all the wedges from lightest to darkest, and voila! It’s a sunset!
“It’s beautiful!” Harlow exclaimed.
The first thing she did was poke each color with her fingers.
Then she picked up a wedge to examine it a little closer. “It’s wobbly just like Jell-O!”
“Yes, Harlow, ” I explained, “because it is Jell-O.”
“Can I eat it?”
Harlow took a bite and was confused by the consistency at first. I think she thought it would be firmer. “It’s funny.”
“Do you like it?”
“Can I try all the flavors?”
“I like the pretty pink one the best.”
It was the strawberry flavor. No big surprises there.
“Look Mom, I’m making a smile!” She held the wedge up to her mouth.
Harlow sat with the wedges for awhile; lining them up, poking the tops, examining every color from all angles and taking bites out of each flavor.
“Mom? Do you have a bowl of Jell-O so that I can eat it with a spoon?”
To celebrate the launch of Jell-O Simply Good, share your kids’ #delightfullyhonest moments (Jell-O related or otherwise) in the comments below, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.