Red Hot Applesauce Jell-o

This is the dish that I introduced to our blended family’s holidays. Well, that and eggs Benedict. It is one that everyone will eat. So it definitely, goes on the list of recipes to send our daughter out in the world with.

1 large box Strawberry Banana Jell-0 (or any red Jell-0…but I use the strawberry banana)
1 envelope Knox gelatin (optional)
1/2 cup red hots (You can use anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 cup)
2 cups boiling water
2 cups applesauce (in the recipe I scrawled in the back of my Cookbook for Boys and Girls it says 1 can which means I always say I need a can…even though canned applesauce no longer seems to exist)

Dissolve red hots in boiling water in a small saucepan on the stove. Mix the red jell-o powder and Knox in a bowl. When red hots are dissolved, pour into gelatins and stir until dissolved. Stir in applesauce. You will want to wait until the boiled water/Jell-o mixture cools a little before adding the applesauce or go back in and stir in about a 1/2 hour. Otherwise, the applesauce will settle and it won’t be as evenly distributed. Stick it in the fridge until it gels.

Note: The Knox isn’t necessary but you will want to add it if you like a firmer Jell-0 salad OR you want to do it in a mold that you turn it out and slice it.


  1. Ugh. I hate red=hots…and the idea of having them suspended in jello is revolting!!! EWWWW!

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  3. This recipe is very similar to one in my family but we use raspberry jello and no red hots. Last time I made it in a mold it didn’t set enough and did not look good when I unmolded it. I will be sure to add the Knox next time. Thanks.

  4. God, I love jello. Is there anything it can’t do?
    It sounds like it’s supposed to taste like apple cinnamon.

    I smell my next jello project!

  5. Celia-the red hots are melted so not suspended in Jell-o…more of a cinnamon apple taste.

    Rochelle-the red hots make it fab…give it a try. The knox helps. My mother swears by adding cold water and dissolving it first before adding it to the rest…but I get lumps that way. I just mix it in with the dry and get good results.

  6. this sounds great. I think this is going to be a july 4th surprise for the fam…

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