Jiggler Waste = Valentine Crazy Jello

We went to a birthday party recently and Drew was introduced to jigglers.  He. fell. in. love.  So we made some Valentine jigglers to go with our book, Valentine Surprise.

Lily wants to make the perfect Valentine heart for her mommy, but each day something goes wrong.  On Monday it's too pointy and Tuesday it's too round, etc. Finally it's Valentine's Day and she strings all the imperfect hearts together to present to her mother.  Of course, her mother loves them and loves Lily because her heart is perfect.  This was a good book to go with our treats because our hearts most certainly didn't turn out perfect.

I started with big boxes of strawberry and black cherry Jello.  I was looking for the watermelon to make pink but they didn't have it.  I chose black cherry thinking it would make a rich romantic red.  I was wrong.  Black cherry actually turns out pretty much black.  Go figure. 

We had a lot of scraps left after cutting out our jiggler shapes, so I wanted to use them for something.
This recipe is loosely (and sloppily) based on The Food Librarian's broken glass jello. I took the scraps, chopped them up, and put them in a small glass dish. 
Then I sprinkled 2 packets of Knox unflavored gelatin in 1/2 cup of cold water and let it sit for a few minutes.  Next, I added 1 1/2 cups of boiling water and stirred until it was dissolved.  Finally, I stirred in a 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk and let it cool before I poured it over.  I was going to cut it into squares but I couldn't resist the lure of the heart shaped cutters again...
The problem?  More scraps!  :)
Problem solved!

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  1. Well, they look perfectly delicious! Making me want to make some for my little guy since I bought Jello this week planning to make him a little treat.

  2. Mmmm....everyone in my house would want to sample that!!

  3. the jello hearts are so cute! Thanks for the great how to! I am a new follower! I would love for you to follow me to :)


  4. This is such a fun way to do jello--especially for Valentine's Day! Would you be willing to link this up to my Valentine Link Party going on now? I'd love to have you! Thanks, Michelle

  5. Such Fun. I hope you will link this post to my I Heart Projects Linky Party if you haven't already done so.

  6. We do jigglers, but this looks so fun and delicious! Thanks so much for joining us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We loved having you and hope to see you back next Saturday with more great recipes! -The Sisters


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