I love, love LOVE Halloween! And I love it even more with this delicious jello that adds a special flair to my annual Halloween party. My grandkids love it and I’m sure yours will, too. They can tell their friends they ate brains at Halloween. You can say it’s cow brains or werewolf brains if that’s less gory for you. Since this has been a featured item at my Halloween table, the grandkids head straight for it. They feel so brave pretending to eat “brains”. I must admit that Grandchild #4 has never touched it. Even though she is now an adult and knows it is a delicious jello dessert, she still refuses to eat it. I don’t get it.
You can find the brain mold online at various sites. I got mine at Party City. Walmart and Amazon also have one. Some are very large, for which you should use this 6 oz. box jello recipe, and some are smaller and you may have to cut the recipe in half and use a 3 oz. box of jello for those.
I have both a ghoulish and a cute Halloween side to me. If you’re a ghoul, this will be a hit!
- 1 box (6 oz.) any red Jell-o (I used raspberry)
- 3-1/2 cups water
- 8 oz. cream cheese or cottage cheese
- 1 container (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries or strawberrries, reserving ¼ cup
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- In a mixing bowl, combine Jello with 2 cups boiling water and stir until well blended.
- Cube the cream cheese and add to liquid Jello.
- Using a whipping attachment, whip cream cheese into Jello until small pea-sized particles remain.
- Add 1-1/2 cups ice water.
- Add frozen whipped topping and whip until slighly blended.Place the bowl in the refrigerator until Jello is slightly set, about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, macerate the raspberries or strawberries by mashing the fruit and adding the sugar. Allow the fruit to rest and become juicy.
- After 30 minutes, take the Jello out of the refrigerator and fold in the fruit, reserving and refrigerating ¼ cup for topping after unmolding.
- Spray the Jello mold with cooking spray. Pour the Jello into the mold and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours.
- To unmold, allow the Jello to rest on the counter for about 10 minutes. Unmold onto platter and pour the reserved fruit over the "brain".
Et cetera: I was a young girl during the Universal Studios horror movie phase in the 1960’s. I loved peeking through my fingers trying to cover my eyes and getting scared. Later, when Young Frankenstein hit the screen and all of a sudden, Frankenstein was funny, I loved it! My favorite scene is when Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder), confronts Igor (Marty Feldman) about the brain he brought back from the lab for the monster. After admitting to dropping and breaking the brain Dr. Frankenstein had originally painstakingly selected, Igor decided to pull another one off the shelf labeled “Abnormal Brain”. I laughed hysterically when he thought it came from someone named “Abby Normal”. Maybe I’m a little abnormal.