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Ok, different question - your favorite recipe using boxed JELL - O

In a different topic about jell-o there was a great recipe for using boxed jello (not what I'm looking for in the other topic).

It's hot. Jello is refreshing. What do you have that is good?

The other jello topic.

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Here's the great recipe in the other topic that inspired this post ... raspberries, prosecco, marscapone ... how good does that sound.

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

On the other end of the spectrum, searching the Knox site yielded some appalling recipes.

The people at Knox do not seem to have Chowhound tendancies. This recipe for Guacamole Dip not only involves Knox gelatin (that got me curious) but also 1 envelope GOOD SEASONS Italian Salad Dressing & Recipe Mix ... well, I'd need a lot of margaritas before tucking into that dip ... and the picture ... yikes!

http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?s...

While the Creamy Mexican Mold may have an unappetizing name, it does seem promising ... but it is served with Ritz crackers. When I think Mexican, I know I think Ritz.

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  1. God! (sorry)...this recipe is from back in the 70's and it is SO VERY 70's but it's pretty good if you like sweet n' salty. Mother-in-law gave me her "neighborhood cookbook", spiral bound, for one of my shower gifts and this recipe is in there...haven't made it in ages but reflecting on your question made me think of it. (jeez, and now, I kind of want some!!!!) It was very popular at family picnics back in the day.

    PRETZEL SALAD

    Crush 2 cups pretzels coarsely. Add 3 teaspoons sugar and 3/4 cup margarine, melted (I warned you, totally 70's!) Bake in a 9x13 pan at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Allow to cool.

    Second layer: In a large bowl, beat 8 ounces cream cheese that's come to room temperature. Add 1 cup sugar and 1 medium size container of Cool Whip. (sigh) Spoon over crust.

    Third Layer: Mix 2 boxes of strawberry Jell-O with 2 cups boiling water. Mix in 2 (10 ounce) boxes frozen strawberries. Let set 10 minutes and then spread over top of cream cheese mixture. Chill until set.

    A friend of mine at church recently made a Yogurt Panacotta recipe with Jell-O for our fellowship hour and it really was excellent (not your usual church-lady molded salad)...I will try to find that recipe, everyone really loved it.

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    1. re: Val

      The pretzel salad is great. It is a good potluck dish because it is fun to hear people's reaction should they ask what's in it.

      1. re: Val

        I used to make that for fun potlucks back in the day. Then I started making a pineapple variation (which I still do) which I think is even better- but uses no Jello, sorry.

        1. re: Val

          I love Jello salad! My girlfriend and her mom make it for every graduation, shower, and funeral and they insist it goes with the food, not the desserts. My other girlfriend made it for her recent graduation and the pretzel crust was so hard I broke my molar and it cost $750.00 to have repaired. It is still just about the only jello dish I eat though

          1. re: Val

            That is such a bizarre recipe that I feel compelled to make it. I can't wait for the next time I have company over to see what they make of it - I'm sure it will be quite the conversation piece!

          2. Yes, I imagine this topic could be embarrassing ... your guilty jello pleasure. I think someone was looking for this recipe a few years back because it tasted really good.

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            1. re: rworange

              heh...rworange...it's a HOOT! I have to chuckle over your original post, thinking to myself "YES! Okay, I'm GUILTY of actually liking something made from Jell-O and I can actually post a recipe, so there!" We (meaning me or I) ought not take ourselves so seriously...sort of how I LOVE that movie "Napoleon Dynamite" which was totally 80's, yes, I admit to actually loving that movie, it's adorable.

            2. I do a Molded Sangria Jello Salad filled with fruit, which is nice for summer.

              For retro touch, I do a Jewel Mold Layered with Berries, Cream, Lemon & Oranges for my Thanksgiving table. I created the recipe, and it is VERY popular.

              1. Peach jello with peach juice instead of water and diced peaches.

                1. My husband makes a Black Cherry Jello salad. Black cherries soaked in Bourbon with pecans, and marshmallows. A Kentucky Derby recipe from the 70's.