Family Time Calendar: Frightenin' Gelatin Pumpkin Patch

Shape pumpkins from wiggly orange-flavored gelatin and turn them into jack-o'-lanterns with candy corn faces. Then make a ghastly bed of black gelatin to arrange them on. This dessert makes a fun alternative to typical Halloween party fare. And they're scarily easy to make.

What you'll need:

  • 1 box orange-flavored gelatin
  • 1 box black cherry-flavored gelatin
  • Boiling water
  • Blue food dye
  • Green food dye
  • 2 13-by-9-inch pans
  • Candy corn or mini chocolate chips
  • Pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter


What you'll do:

First make the orange gelatin, following the directions on the box, but using all boiling water instead of a mixture of hot and cold. Stir for three minutes or until all the gelatin is dissolved. Pour into a 13-by-9-inch pan and chill in the refrigerator.

Make the black cherry-flavored gelatin, following the directions in step one. After adding the boiling water, add about 14 drops of blue food dye and 10-12 drops of green and stir to blend. The liquid gelatin should darken to a murky deep purple-black. Add more food dye until you're satisfied with the color. Pour into a 13-by-9-inch pan and chill in the refrigerator.

After about four hours your gelatin should be solidified. Cut the black cherry gelatin into small, uniform cubes and scoop them out onto a flat platter to make the creepy pumpkin patch.

Using the pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter, cut out as many pumpkin shapes as you can. Make jack-o'-lantern faces with candy corn, or mini chocolate chips. Arrange the pumpkins in their "patch."




Eat and enjoy. These look especially spooky by candlelight!

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