Cakespy: Halloween Jell-O Jigglers


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Cakespy: Halloween Jell-O Jigglers
  • Yield:24
  • Active time:10 minutes
  • Total time:3 1/2 hours

Jessie Oleson (aka Cakespy) drops by every Monday to share a delicious dessert recipe. —The Mgmt.

[Original artwork and photographs: Jessie Oleson]

Around Halloween, a lot of attention is given to things that go bump in the night. But for a moment, let's consider things that wobble: the Jell-O Jiggler.

Starting with the classic recipe from the Jell-O website, it's easy to trick out these wiggly, wobbly treats in Halloween shapes for a crowd-pleasing party snack. Of course, I'd advise against handing them out to trick-or-treaters, because there's no bigger bummer than a soggy sack of candy.

About the author: Jessie Oleson is a Seattle-based writer, illustrator, gallery owner, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website.


  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 8-ounce packages Jell-O, any flavor
  • Gel or writing icing, for garnish (optional)


  1. 1.

    Stir the boiling water into dry gelatin mix in large bowl. Stir gently until the mix has completely dissolved, about 3 minutes until completely dissolved.

  2. 2.

    Pour into a 13x9-inch pan.

  3. 3.

    Refrigerate at least 3 hours, or until firm.

  4. 4.

    Dip the bottom of the pan in warm water 15 seconds. Cut into decorative shapes using cookie cutters, being careful to cut all the way through gelatin to bottom of pan.

  5. 5.

    Lift your cutouts from the pan (I used a flat spatula to do this).

  6. 6.

    If desired, decorate using gel or writing icing.

  7. 7.

    Serve immediately. Scraps can be saved for snacking; store leftovers or extras in a tightly covered container in refrigerator.

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