I grew up on Jello, it was a staple desert in our house. Sometimes my Mother would use old fashioned unflavored Knox Gelatin to create extraordinary molds of fruit, cream cheese, and nuts, but just as often she would prepare the boxed Jello Brand gelatin from Kraft Foods. The other day the D-Man picked up a box of Black Cherry Jello at the grocery store and asked if he could have it. Instead of saying No, I suggested he read the ingredients. This is what the D-Man read out load in the aisle of the grocery store:
Kraft Foods Black Cherry Jello Ingredients:
SUGAR, GELATIN, ADIPIC ACID (FOR TARTNESS), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE AND SODIUM CITRATE (CONTROL ACIDITY), FUMARIC ACID (FOR TARTNESS), RED 40, BLUE 1.
He decided it was not a healthy choice and put the box back on the shelf. I suggested we buy some organic juice and make homemade gelatin when we got home. He looked skeptical, but agreed.
4 Cups Organic Juice or Coconut Water
3 Tablespoons grass fed gelatin (I use Bernard Jensen or Great Lakes)
3 Tablespoons Raw Honey
(Note: If using coconut water add a few drops of food grade essential oil like lemon, citrus, or lime; keep in mind the color of your finished product will be “natural”). Optional: Fresh fruit like blueberries, sliced bananas, mandarin orange slices, etc.
Place gelatin powder in a medium sized saucepan.
Pour Juice or coconut water over the gelatin and stir.
Turn the heat on low and bring the juice and gelatin to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
Heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
Remove from the heat and add honey, stirring until combined.
Pour into a 8×8 square baking dish or small glass loaf pan and refrigerate until the gelatin sets, about 2 hours.
OPTIONAL: You can also add fresh fruit to your gelatin (we added pomegranate seeds to ours). Simply allow the gelatin to cool for 30 minutes or until is has begun to set, and then add fruit. Stir lightly to incorporate the fresh fruit and put the gelatin back into the refrigerator until it has completely set.
Serve plain, or topped with whipped cream (heavy cream or coconut cream).