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craving sweets at night - help with creative Jello recipes

I'm typically not a sweets person but finding that I'm reaching for sweet things at night and don't want to get into a habit of eating ice cream, cookies, etc. at night. any good creative things to do with jello that could satisfy my sweet tooth and not put lbs on this winter. Not sure what's going - even full after dinner - I reach for chocolate - sooooooo not me!!!!!!

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  1. I'm not sure why you think Jello would be preferable to chocolate ;) Suggest getting some high quality dark chocolate with nuts if you like them. I like a Swiss brand of dark chocolate with hazelnuts; Dove dark chocolate Promises (available in hearts right now) are good and easy to find.

    I just put fruit in Jello on the rare occasions I make it--for example, blackberries and bananas in black cherry Jello.

    Chocolate cravings can indicate a lack of protein, so you might want to make sure you're getting enough. But chocolate is one of life's good things, and not so bad for you either ...

    Another thing I like to do is buy Godiva by the piece in a bag and have just one. For a low-calorie option, there are German wafer cookies covered in dark chocolate, ~22 calories apiece.

    1. What about roasted sweet potatoes--not chocolate, and not jello. But definitely sweet--and good for you!

      Dried Fruit and nuts--with a bit of dark chocolate mixed in? Salty and sweet-yum!

      1. There are a couple good threads here with some really good sounding Jell-o/gelatin recipes, and I am definitely not a Jell-o fan. I saved quite a few of them to try at some point (like my other 50,000 saved-for-later recipes!)

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/365507

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/312360

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/312381

        You'll find more Jell-o recipes than you need for one winter! Also, you can always make these lower calorie if you don't mind artificial sweeteners (some people have a real problem with them, and others don't.)

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        1. re: luv2bake

          Oh, and I saw a recipe fairly recently in one of my cookbooks for some kind of chocolate gelatin. It sounds gross to me, but maybe it wouldn't be. If I can remember which cookbook, I'll post it. You might be able to google it.

          1. re: luv2bake

            Well, it wasn't Jell-o -- it was sorbet! lol Something else I think of as fruity & not chocolate. Anyhow, here's that recipe because I think it could be adapted to gelatin:

            4 cups water
            1 2/3 cups sugar (use Splenda??)
            1/3 cups brown sugar, packed (and they have the brown sugar/splenda, too)
            2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
            1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

            Combine the water and sugars on stove in post & stir until dissolved. Whisk in cocoa & simmer 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour into bowl; add vanilla. Refrigerate 2 hours. Stir the chilled mixture. Process per machine instructions

        2. I agree with the suggestions to find a high quality small quantity way to satisfy your chocolate crave, but if it just the need for sweet munchings my more warm weather solution is to mix interesting flavored sugar free jello (peach, watermelon...) about half & half with crushed ice and then pour over either a little sugar free syrup in a complementary flavor or go more Asian and pour over a little lite coconut milk and something chewy like a few pieces of frozen corn. This is way open to variation, but the concept for me is I have something sweet (albeit artificial) and something I can play with and crunch on because of the ice factor.

          1. Dried cherries and dried pineapple -- the kind with no sugar added -- is my new no-sugar snack. Very chewy and very sweet...great for the evening. I'll mix that with a few almonds and it makes a very satisfying snack.