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Finger Jello

Finger Jello cut into squares

When was the last time you ate Finger Jello?

While I haven’t had this in years, it most definitely brings back happy childhood memories!!

When I was little, my mom called these jiggly treats Knox Blox.

I remember her making these a lot in the summer.  Especially for road trips, such as our annual family trip to Adventureland.

For those of you who have never heard of Adventureland, it’s an amusement park here in Iowa.

I don’t remember ever eating the food sold at Adventureland.  With a family of eight, the amusement park food prices added up quickly.

Instead, we would pack a picnic basket and cooler full of food, and take a break mid-day and head back to the old station wagon for a late lunch.  Back then, it seemed like a lot of people did this.  I distinctly remember eating bologna sandwiches, monster cookies, and Knox Blox….or as now more commonly referred to….Finger Jello!

Finger Jello:  Easy Low-Calorie Snack

As I mentioned in my last couple of posts, I have been trying to come up with more snack options for the kids.  It seems like I buy the same snacks every time I go to the store, so I had been going through recipes and thought Knox Blox or Finger Jello would be a good one to try.

I honestly don’t think I have ever made these for my kids.  Which seems crazy, as much as I had them growing up.

I still remember a time we had them and I was goofing around throwing them in the air and trying to catch them in my mouth.

I threw one so high it actually stuck to the ceiling!  This is probably where the phrase, “Don’t play with your food” comes from.

Anyway, I’m pretty sure my kids have had them before….just not at my house, but thought it would be an easy low-calorie snack to switch things up a bit.

I really was curious to see if Knox gelatin was still sold at stores, because like I said, I haven’t had these in a very long time.

Sure enough, it was hidden amongst all of the flavors of Jello.

How to Make Finger Jello

This really is one of the easiest snacks to make.  It only requires two ingredients, plus water.

Ingredients for Finger Jello

I chose cherry flavored Jello, but obviously you can choose any flavor to suit your taste!  This is also where it would be fun to pick colors that are holiday specific…such as red and blue for 4th of July, orange for Halloween, or red and green for Christmas.

Start by filling a pot with 4 cups of water, and put on the stove to bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, empty 3 Jello boxes into a bowl.  I used a bowl with spout, for easy pouring later.

Bowl of Jello

Next, get your Knox gelatine ready.  There will be 4 little envelopes within the box.  You will use all 4 of these.

Knox Gelatin Packets

Combine the Knox gelatin with the Jello gelatin.

Bowl of Jello and Knox Gelatin

Combined Jello and Knox Gelatin

By now, your water is probably close to boiling.

Boiling Water

Carefully pour the hot water into the Knox/Jello mixture, and stir for about 2 minutes, ensuring gelatin is completely dissolved.

Jello and Knox Gelatin with Water

Transfer the Jello liquid to a pan.  This is when a spout really comes in handy.

Finger Jello before refrigeration

Refrigerate for about 4 hours, or until set.

Refrigerating Finger Jello

Once firm, cut into squares and ENJOY!!

Finger Jello cut into squares

You could also definitely use cookie cutters for fun shapes, such as stars on 4th of July or hearts on Valentine’s Day!  But keep in mind, this will decrease the number of shapes you have. However, the scrap edges still taste just as good!

Today is just a regular old day, so I kept it simple with squares.

Bowl of Finger Jello

What were some of your favorite childhood snacks?

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