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to make: jell-o fruit!

jello fruit on a plate I first saw this in a dim sum restaurant, and it is so charming I had to make some for myself. I love food shaped like other food! I have seen the idea in a few different places since the dim sum restaurant, so I don’t know where to give credit.
oranges, lemons and limes I decided to try using oranges, lemons and limes with orange, lemon, lime and blue jello. Get together a good sharp knife, a bowl to hold the fruit pulp, another bowl to hold the rinds, and a cutting board.
hollowing Slice the fruit cleanly in half lengthwise (through the axis). Now, carefully remove the pulp while keeping the half rind fully intact.
hollow fruit I blotted the rinds with paper towels to get any juice and keep the rind fairly dry.
on cups Now you need to set each half rind upright so you can fill it with jello. I used some little plastic containers I had around, but I would suggest either mugs or water glasses. They are heavier and easier to move from the counter to the fridge. ** tip from the comments: muffin tins work perfectly for this part, thanks!
filling I was going to use the jiggler instructions and accidentally used twice as much water as the jiggler recipe called for. But it came out a very nice consistency for the job. You’ll want the jello a little firmer than the normal recipe as you have to slice it in half again. Add hot water to the jello until everything is well dissolved and pour into the fruit before it begins to set. Fill up as high as you can, the jello will shrink a bit when cooling. One nice technique I have heard of for pouring something like this is the fill a (very well cleaned) tin can or paper cup and fold the rim into a pour spot. I suspect this would be a little easier than my ladle method.
setting in fridge Carefully transfer to the fridge and let set for about three hours, per box directions. You may want to place a baking sheet or a plate underneath so avoid spilling orange jello onto your broccoli. Believe me, it’s isn’t the best combination of flavors.
done! When the jello is set, place the fruit open-side down on a cutting board, hold it’s shape with one hand and carefully slice in half lengthwise again to form quarters. Be careful not to smash the fruit to much, you want to keep the jello as intact as possibly. I used a sharp serrated knife and sawed through the fruit which worked fine. Although, a dramatic two-handed chop with a sharp cleaver might be more fun. Keep chilled until ready to serve to your happy happy guests. I find adults like this as much as kids.
blue oranges hindsight
The oranges turned out nice. However the concentrated lemon jello was yucky and the lime rind made the jello very bitter. While it was pretty, I’m going to stick to oranges in the future. However, perhaps if you were to buy unflavored gelatin and add juices to taste it would be all good. What else could we do? Use the half rinds as sorbet cups or for vanilla ice cream. And of course let us not forget that if you are of drinking age these are a good way to present jello shots.


61 responses so far ↓

  • 1 poodleperson // Dec 23, 2006 at 11:22 pm

    these oranges look good. they look real (besides the blue oranges) I beat i could trick someone with the orange jelly i would just put some “seeds” in it. then when the have it, it would be jello. Great for everyone

  • 2 Dorthea // Jan 2, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Wow! Looks great =)

  • 3 Cristina // Jan 2, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Yum!!! And beautiful too….I’m going to try this for my next bash (maybe even marry this with the “jello shots” idea….hhmmmh.

  • 4 Emily // Jan 7, 2007 at 9:38 am

    My room mate and I made these last night. What did you find the best way to get the fruit out of the peels? We used a paring knife, and then scooped the fruit out with a spoon, but it left a lot of rind that was sort of hanging off of the peel that was difficult to remove.

  • 5 damak tadı // Feb 5, 2007 at 3:40 am

    Yum yum!! These oranges look very good.

  • 6 Suze // Apr 4, 2007 at 11:32 am

    I saw a magazine that put raspberry sherbet with tiny chocolate chips into lime rinds. Looked just like watermelon. I really enjoy your ideas!

  • 7 lydia. // Apr 10, 2007 at 9:48 am

    what did you do with the fruit pulp?

  • 8 merakli // Apr 12, 2007 at 9:45 am

    They look great.Ilove this idea! :)

  • 9 Lynice // Jun 15, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    What about watermelon rind!? :)

  • 10 megan // Jun 15, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Lynice – About two years after I made these those small cantalope sized watermelons came out on the market and I’ve always meant to go back and make a jello watermelon!

  • 11 emma // Jul 24, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    that is such a good idea

  • 12 Tc // Aug 18, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    great idea love love it NOTMARTHA you rock

  • 13 Michelle // Aug 20, 2007 at 4:56 am

    I LOVE these, I made them over the weekend. They were a HUGE hit, I used malibu rum in mine to keep the fruity taste.. everyone would have probably enjoyed a bowl of the jello, but the pictures and concept were a huge hit !

  • 14 Agness // Oct 16, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    My mom makes these, except using the actual juice from the oranges. So good… it’s worth the trouble. She also makes lemon sorbet frozen in upright lemon ‘cases’ (so cute with the little lid and a sprig of mint!), and (drumroll please), egg-shaped Bavarian cream for Easter that use egg shells as moulds.

  • 15 Emily // Feb 5, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Oh my gosh – my mom used to make these for my birthday parties when i was a kid. really fun!

  • 16 me // Feb 8, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    I found that rather than using ramekins, you can fill a mixing bowl with equal parts water and crushed ice (like you get from the dispenser on your fridge) and then put the orange halves in their. works just as well without having to have a bunch of ramekins. The jello sets quicker too thanks to convection.

  • 17 Pomegranate // Feb 12, 2008 at 12:24 am

    How nice! i’m going to do these for our family gathering. The adults will be just as surprised as the kids!

    Am i the only one who thinks the blue and orange combination rocks? It looks so cool!

  • 18 deirdre // Feb 13, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    I bet if you boiled the rinds after cleaning them, the rest of the pulp will come out easily. Then freeze the empty skins before putting the jello in, to make them hard again.

  • 19 Adiel // Feb 24, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    I made these about a year ago for a girls night party, except they were Jello Shots…

    A lot of work, but I huge hit!

  • 20 ann // Feb 28, 2008 at 9:17 am

    I made these citrus peel jello wedges over 25 years ago and “won” with the idea which was featured on 2 TV programs; locally, “AM Northwest” and nationally , on the “Home Show”.

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  • 24 Beth // May 4, 2008 at 6:22 am

    I found a recipe 5 or 6 years ago in a magazine and have been searching for the recipe again. The big difference with the ones I made then was the use of the fruit juice and pulp. Also, it was the time when Jello made a sugar-free grapefruit flavor, so I used that also. My son (11) has asked for them almost every summer since we first made them. This is the only recipe I’ve found that is close enough to the ones we made then, that I’ll have to try it out again. Thanks

  • 25 melina // May 28, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    do the rinds freeze? could i hollow out some fruit in advance, throw the “molds” in the freezer and whip ‘em out when i need them?

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  • 27 KnitPurlGurl // Aug 8, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Oh my goodness – those are the most adorable things! My kids will love ‘em!

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  • 30 Evangeline // Dec 5, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    My grandmother used to make these for me as a child. :) I used to love them.

  • 31 Molly // Dec 22, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Another use for orange and lemon rind cups: My dad has always served fresh made lemon and orange sorbet in the rinds of the fruit used to make it.

  • 32 karen // Jan 4, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    That is the funnest thing I’ve ever seen with jello! Love it!

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  • 34 Chrissie // Feb 21, 2009 at 3:59 am

    Wow these are PERFECT for a party!!! im so totally making these for my next party!

  • 35 Megan // Feb 27, 2009 at 8:49 am

    I made these for my daughters first birthday and they were a huge hit! To be honest I think that the adults like them even better than the little ones. It was just so much fun to make them, and we used the insides of all the fruit to make a fruit punch drink! Thanks for the idea!

  • 36 Rebecca // Mar 13, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    These look like the real deal! How neat!

  • 37 Jared // Jul 8, 2009 at 6:57 am

    I made these for my little kid cousins for the 4th of July – what a hit!

    Knowing that the lemon and lime rinds would be sour, I sprinkled both with granulated sugar before adding the jello. Then I waited until the hot jello had cooled a little before pouring it in. Worked great!

  • 38 Rebecca // Jul 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    We make these with vanilla vodka and orange jello for the adults! So good.

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    For my wedding reception I made these with sorbet(all sorts of yummy pairings–lemon w/ raspberry or lime orange w/ pineapple or guava, etc.). They were perfect, tasty, portable & loved by young & old alike! :)

  • 40 Tiffany Martin // Nov 25, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    This looks so good!! How clever! I posted a link to this article in my blog, I can’t wait to try this out. I love the new trend in faux food! Siri’s idea to use sorbet also sounds awesome, maybe once I get better at molded foods lol.

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    Made this and they came out tasty. Served them at a mid mod party.

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    Here’s the link for the mid mod party, featuring your jello-fruit.

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  • 53 Cynthia // Sep 25, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I don’t like giving my kids regular jello jigglers due to the amount of sugar in them. So I always make my jello jigglers with one box of regular jello made to the directions (for amount of water used) but I use some of that cold water to bloom unflavored gelatine; mix it all together with the jello mix and remaining water and microwave it until it is all dissolved. Then it has the firmness of jigglers but the flavor and same amount of sugar as regular jello.

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  • 55 Samantha // Dec 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Another thing that really makes them worth while is to add either a gummy bear in the centers or fruit slices!! its so yummy(:

  • 56 Pete // Dec 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    If you blanch then plunge into cold water (do this twice to make super certain) your citrus rind you should remove most of the bitterness and maintain most of the flavour and scent oil.

    You could also give the rind a brief boil in sugar syrup, as well!

  • 57 rose // Jan 21, 2012 at 9:57 am

    just found this site and i love it :)

    however, i wanted to point out that the lemon experiment probably came out bitter because you used regular lemons, which are chock-full of pesticides, and this makes the rinds extremely bitter. try it with organic (or pesticide-free) lemons next time, and i’m sure it will taste much better!

  • 58 Margaret // Feb 11, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I mix my jelly (jello) in a measuring jug and then its easy to pour in to any mould or trifle

  • 59 Amie // May 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I made these for the first time today, and I and giving the watermelon one a whirl! 1 pk of jello does half of the little mini watermellons. I did the adult version and used Pinnacle whipped cream flavored vodka with the orange jello… AMAZING! its like a cream cicle! I found that a grapefruit spoon works great to get the bits out and have a cleaner ‘cup”

  • 60 Keri // Jun 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Just made these today for my son’s preschool class. They were a hit! I used a 2 cup measuring cup and filled the oranges almost full, then I transferred them to the refirgerator. After about 5 minutes I filled them the rest of the way to help make up for the shrinkage. Can’t wait to try these using the whipped cream vodka, yum!

  • 61 celia // May 5, 2015 at 2:28 am

    I tried these out with limes and found them bitter. I wondered if letting the rind soak in water for a while would help with this. I considered adding sugar to edge or rind at the very end with jello already set in lime as well to cut the bitterness. Has anyone tried any of this and found it to make a difference?

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