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I can hardly wait for football to start again. We’re huge fans of college football, and the Wolverines in particular. That’s right, go Blue! The best thing about game day is always the game day food, though – don’t you think? I love bringing tailgating recipes to our parties that really make an impact – and today’s recipe packs a visual impact, using Jell-O in team colors and University Molds!
We’ve always been Michigan fans. Used to be, before we had kids, my husband and I went to at least one game in the Big House every year. The last time we went, I was pregnant, and that pretty much ended the Ann Arbor tailgating, haha. But as our family changes, it’s been fun to dress the kids up on game day, give everyone a temporary tattoo, and enjoy the spread of tailgating food with our friends and their kids!
So that’s why I’m especially excited that right now, Walmart has University molds featuring several great college football teams – including our Wolverines. Both adults and kids can enjoy this Jell-O treat. The mold kits are available in stores local to each school, but no matter where you live, you can find them on the Walmart.com website. I made my #CollectiveBias shopping trip from the comfort of my living room with a quick search for “Michigan” and “Jell-O University Mold”.
Awesome, right? Are you getting all kinds of great game day ideas? I did! Just making up classic Jigglers in team colors adds a pop of color to any party tray. Jell-O is easy and fun. Or, you can try this twist on mosaic Jell-O in your team colors. Here’s how to get the 2-color effect.
Start with the kit. You get 2 molds (for 24 Jigglers at a time). You get 2 boxes each of blue and yellow (lemon) Jell-O. You’ll need to pick up two more 3 oz. boxes of berry blue, a 14. oz can of sweetened condensed milk, and a box of Knox unflavored gelatine (you’ll just need 1 envelope). Begin by making up 2 boxes of blue Jigglers, according to the package directions. Each box will fill one of the 2 included molds.
Once your Jigglers have set up, pop them out of the trays and arrange them in the bottom of two 8 inch square glass dishes (or arrange them all together in one 9×13 glass dish).
You’ll prepare your yellow Jell-O with the sweetened condensed milk, and pour it carefully into all the cracks and recesses of the blue Jigglers, until just the top design is still visible. We made Michigan “M’s”, but any of the designs will work with this method. Just fill it enough so that a recognizable part of the design is left.
Chill it again, and you’ll end up with a tray to slice into great team color blocks!
Here’s the recipe:
- 4- 3 oz. boxes of Berry Blue Jell-O, prepared with 2-2/3 cups boiling water
- 1- 3 oz. box of yellow Jell-O (Lemon is great, but any yellow flavor works fine!), prepared with ½ c. boiling water
- 1- 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatine
- ½ c. cold water
- First, prepare your blue Jigglers according to the package directions. For each mold, you'll use ⅔ c. boiling water and one box of Jell-O. Always stir jello for 2 minutes to fully dissolve it. You will need to make the Jigglers in two batches if you only buy one kit. Be sure to spray molds with cooking spray before pouring. Chill for 2-3 hours.
- Remove Jigglers from their molds and arrange design-facing-up in two 8x8 glass pans, or one 9x13 glass pan.
- Dissolve one box of yellow Jell-O in ½ c. boiling water, stirring for 2 minutes. Put ½ c. cold water in a separate bowl, and sprinkle with one envelope of unflavored gelatine. Allow it to set for 1 minute, and then stir yellow Jell-O into cold water mixture.
- Stir sweetened condensed milk into yellow Jell-O mix and mix thoroughly.
- Carefully pour yellow mix into cracks/crevices of the blue Jigglers. Do not allow to cover the Jigglers completely; just pour enough to leave the mold's impressions showing.
- Chill full pan(s) for 2 hours more, and slice into blocks once set. Serve and enjoy!
Hope you enjoy this fun and colorful tailgating recipe – and GO BLUE this season!
So who’s your home team? Do you make special treats for game day?