I’m a proud Tar Heel. I graduated…umm…a year or two ago from UNC and I’ve managed to live my entire adult life never more than 30 minutes away from campus. Heck…I just found out last week they’re moving my office back to Chapel Hill. Carolina Blue is in my blood. And now it’s in my snack arsenal. I have two tailgating recipes perfect for your game day sweet tooth!
The JELL-O Jigglers University Mold Collection has everything you need to create fun Jiggler snacks in your favorite team shapes. Flavors will depend on what school you choose, but if you choose the UNC kit you’ll snag four boxes of Berry Blue flavor. That’s in addition to what is clearly the best mold of the bunch.
To make Jigglers, just boil 2/3 cup of water and mix with one box of JELL-O in a bowl. Coat the mold lightly with cooking spray, then pour in the JELL-O. It’s the perfect amount to make 12 UNC Jigglers. Chill in the fridge for at least three hours and they’re ready to serve.
I’ve wanted to make marshmallows forever. The JELL-O UNC mold inspired me to create some deconstructed blueberry s’mores. I’m calling them deconstructed because I watch too many cooking shows. (Or because I’m just stacking the ingredients rather than the usual toasting method-you decide.)
I modified a recipe I found from Kraft for making these marshmallows. Start by boiling half a cup of water. Add in one box of Berry Blue JELL-O and stir. Add 2/3 cup of sugar and continue to cook without boiling until everything is dissolved. Remove from heat and add three tablespoons of light corn syrup. Stir well and let the mixture cool in the refrigerator. Once the mixture is cool, use a mixer and beat on high speed for at least 10 minutes. It will get light and fluffy. Prepare your molds by spraying them with cooking spray and then lightly dusting with powdered sugar. Now I should confess that I used colored sugar instead when I made my batch. I thought it would be cute. That was a wee bit of a mistake. Stick to the powdered sugar… Use a gallon freezer bag with the corner snipped off to pipe the mixture into the molds. Loosely cover the molds and allow the marshmallows to set up for at least four hours. (In a humid setting this might take longer.) I used kitchen shears to trim off the bottom of each marshmallow so that I had a flat surface. Then I shook them in a plastic bag with a little powdered sugar to coat where I had just cut them.
- 1/2 cup water
- One small box JELL-O
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
- Powdered Sugar
- Boil water.
- Add JELL-O and stir.
- Once JELL-O is dissolved add sugar and stir.
- Cook without boiling until sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add corn syrup. Stir well.
- Cool mixture in refrigerator.
- Once mixture is cool, beat with mixer for at least 10 minutes. It should be light and fluffy.
- Prepare molds by spraying with cooking spray and dusting lightly with powdered sugar.
- Pipe marshmallow mixture in molds and allow to set for at least four hours.
- Trim bottoms of marshmallows if needed and shake in bag with extra powdered sugar.
And because I refuse to accept the appearance of my original batch, I’m totally making these again with just the powdered sugar. I’ll report back. At least they came out the perfect size for my s’mores, even if you couldn’t see the UNC logo!
Store the marshmallows on parchment paper and use the same molds to created matching pieces of molded chocolate. Just melt your favorite chocolate chips in a double boiler and spoon into the molds. You want to use just enough chocolate to coat the bottom of each well. A few minutes in the freezer and they should pop right out if you gently press on the back of the mold. Stack your marshmallows and chocolates on vanilla wafers and serve.
Oh, now would be a good time to mention that I never use graham crackers for s’mores, right? I just like them better with shortbread, vanilla waffers or cookies. You can totally use graham crackers for these, though. Or whatever you can find. They’re even kind of good on crackers. Sweet…salty…it’s a good thing. I should also probably warn you-these are sweeeeeet. Seriously sweet. That’s not a bad thing, mind you. It’s just a sweet thing. You’ve been warned…
If you’re lucky enough to live near your favorite team, you might find these sets in your local Walmart. If you’ve moved away, never fear. Just visit Walmart.com to find them!