Grandma’s Favorite Jello

This is the Jello recipe that we have been serving at our house for years – each Easter and Christmas Eve.  The only difference is on Easter we use lemon jello mixed with orange juice and at Christmas we use strawberry or raspberry jello mixed with cranberry juice.

The color needs to match the season!

Grandma’s Favorite Jello
Easter Version
  • 1 6 oz. pkg. of lemon Jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup orange juice (really needs OJ, don't substitute cold water)
  • 1 cup Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 can drained, mandarin oranges
Christmas Version
  • 1 6 oz. package of strawberry or raspberry jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup raspberry or cranberry juice (or you can use cold water too)
  • 1 cup Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 cup of loose, individually frozen raspberries or strawberries.
Easter Version
  1. Dissolve Jello in boiling water
  2. Add orange juice
  3. Allow to partially set up in refrigerator
  4. While it is slightly thickened add in 1 cup thawed Cool Whip and 1 can drained mandarin oranges. Mix together and refrigerate, allow to set until firm
Christmas Version
  1. Dissolve Jello in boiling water.
  2. Add juice.
  3. If the berries are still frozen you can add them in right away and they will help the Jello set up quicker.
  4. If they are not frozen refrigerate Jello and wait until the Jello is partially set before adding them and the 1 cup Cool Whip.
  5. Mix together and refrigerate, allow to set until firm.
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    came over by way of laura’s and she’s right – you’ve got a great blog. it’s bright and cheery and i’ve got to try these lemon bars…

    from one lemon lover to another…


  2. Shirley Sipler says

    Made this for neighbors. Got lots of compliments.
    I waited too long to put in the Cool Whip so added it as a layer on top.
    Still came out nice — and tasty.
    Used Sugar-Free Jello and cranberry juice that is “light”.


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