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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!