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Tailgating Treats with Jell-O

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Football season is almost upon us and tailgating, whether it’s at home or at the stadium, will soon be a weekend meal for many.

Celebrate your favorite team with these fun tailgating treats with Jell-O!

 

Tailgating Treats with Jell-O

You may know that I am a lifelong University of Michigan sports fan. I will spend every Saturday from August until November with my dad and sister watching Michigan football and, of course, cooking lots of fun maize and blue food.

Now that we live in Nevada, we don’t get much of a chance to tailgate at the Big House in Ann Arbor.  But we still cook up game day food and enjoy watching the games on TV.

Jell-O Cupcakes in Team Colors for Tailgating

I have a lot of fun putting together an array of fun blue and gold food for game day.  Dessert is the easiest food to make and blue and gold and Jell-O works great for adding fun colors and flavors.

I keep meaning to make a blue and gold poke cake, but decided to  try making Maize and Blue Jell-O Cupcakes instead.

Jell-O Cupcake batter

These are super easy to make! Just mix up a white cake with a box mix or homemade.  Divide the batter in half and then add blue and yellow Jell-O to the mix.

I did add a touch of blue food coloring to the blue mix because it was looking a little greenish and we could not have that!  In each cupcake tin I put 1 Tablespoon of blue cake mix and 1 Tablespoon of yellow cake mix.  Just layer one top of the other and bake as normal.

Tailgating Treats Jell-O Cupcakes

They look like just plain cupcakes, but when you bite in to them you find the fun blue and gold colors! Plus the cupcakes have a fun fruity flavor from the Jell-O.

After making the cupcakes, you will half of a box of blue and yellow Jell-O mix left – so now what? You make GO BLUE Jell-O Jigglers!   And for a Michigan girl living in Nevada, the fact that I could have them shipped to my house made me very happy indeed.

University of Michigan Jell-O Jigglers

The kit comes with two molds and 4 total boxes of yellow and blue Jell-O.   I can’t tell you how happy these make me!

Jell-O Jigglers for Tailgating

I have never used a Jell-O Jiggler mold before and there was a bit of a learning curve.  First, you have to spray the mold before you put the Jell-O in.

Jell-O

When you make the Jell-O you will use less water than “normal” Jell-O. I did it wrong twice, folks! Follow the guidelines in my recipe or on the mold box to get the correct consistency.

You will not have 2 full cups like I did here, because I did it wrong. But I do find it easiest to fill the molds if I mixed up the Jell-O in a liquid measuring cup.

Tailgating Michigan Jell-O

Let the Jell-O set up for about 3 hours in the refrigerator.  Dip the bottoms of the molds in hot water for 15 seconds first – but not too long or you’ll melt the Jell-O back to liquid. Ask me how I know.

Then bang those molds hard against you counter or plate. It will take some convincing, but they will come out, I promise.  And its’ so worth it – check those out! Aren’t they fun?!

If you aren’t a Michigan fan, don’t worry, because the Jell-O molds are available for many other colleges, too!

Yield: 23

Maize and Blue Jell-O Cupcakes Go Blue Jell-O Jigglers

Maize and Blue Jell-O Cupcakes
Go Blue Jell-O Jigglers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 white cake mix, prepared
  • 1 box yellow Jell-O, any flavor
  • 1 box blue Jell-O, any flavor
  • Frosting
  • Sprinkles
  • 1/2 package blue Jell-O
  • 1/2 package yellow Jell-O
  • Water as directed below
  • Go Blue Jell-O Jiggler Mold

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven according to cake mix directions. Prepare muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. Divide prepared cake mix in to two bowls. Add 1/4 cup (or half the package) of yellow Jell-O to one bowl and the blue Jell-O to the other bowl. Mix to combine. You may need a drop or two of blue food coloring in the blue batter.
  3. Put 1 Tablespoon of yellow batter and 1 Tablespoon of blue batter in to each muffin tin. You can layer one on top of the other and alternate yellow and blue to get different cupcakes.
  4. Baking according to package instructions. Allow to cool completely.
  5. Frost as desired and use blue and gold sprinkles for more fun!
  6. Prepare your molds by spraying them well with cooking oil.
  7. Put the yellow and blue Jell-O mix in separate bowls
  8. Add 1/3 cup boiling water to each bowl and stir until the Jell-O mix has dissolved. Stir in another 1/3 cup of cold water.
  9. Pour the Jell-O in to the Jell-O molds.
  10. Chill Jell-O until firm about 3 hours.
  11. To remove jigglers from the molds, place the bottom of the molds in hot water for 15 seconds. Shake the molds to get the jigglers to release. This may take some insisting but they will come out.
 

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1 Comment
  • Samantha K
    August 23, 2014

    So much fun and team spirit in the cupcakes and Jell-O Jigglers! #client