Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine's Day - Sweet Hearts

I remember my mom making layered finger jello for me when I was a kid.  Layered rainbow jello was popular when I was growing up, but I don't think I've had it since the 70's-- oops, did I just date myself?  Anyhow, I thought it'd be fun to do a red heart version for Smarty Pant's school Valentine's party.

3-layer Jello Hearts
(I'm know, I'm lazy... I was so done after 3 layers!  I don't know how my mom did 7 layers... ugh!)

I was inspired by this version from family fun

glamorized jello :)

Several of the layered jello recipes have mediocre reviews, so I did a variation of the Jello Jigglers recipe (I used one 6 oz box and 1 1/4 cup boiling water for each jello layer), and used this recipe for the Condensed Milk layer. 

quick tip:  
use a ladle to scoop in the hot gelatin over another layer... prevents uneven layers and is much easier to control.
quick tip 2
i made sure each layer was completely set before adding another.  i refrigerated each layer for at least 1 hour-- probably overkill but, after reading all those failed reviews, i wanted to make sure it worked!

So that's it folks.  I'm Valentined-out and am pretty much burned-out on hearts.  Unless, that is, The Mister wants to buy me this Lalique heart pendant...

wink, wink ;)

Have a fantastic weekend!