Adding soda pop to Jello creates a fun twist to the classic cold dessert. These Cherry Dr. Pepper Jello Squares go one step farther with a cute little cherry hat. Perfect for surprising everyone with at those summer picnics and parties.
Did you know you could substitute your favorite flavor of soda in place of water to make Jello? Think of all the variations you can do with this info.
I actually made these Jello squares 2 years ago for a picnic. I snapped a few pictures before we left thinking it would be fine. Well, turns out that Jello is a little bit harder to photograph than other desserts. It may be the cheapest dessert on the block, but it will give you a run for your money when you try to capture a good headshot.
The pictures I took in a hurry definitely were not usable. Or I’m just extremely picky when it comes to sharing photos here. Whatever the reason…I never posted the recipe and picture here.
A few weeks ago while we were driving home from Florida, I was writing up a list of “to do” recipes that I wanted to make this summer. The infamous soda Jello finally made it back on the list. We got home, finished the mountain of laundry, and did some grocery shopping. A 2 liter of Dr. Pepper and 4 boxes of Jello were part of that grocery trip. I was so excited for the Jello that I made it the very next day, and took pictures a day after that.
Fun fact about food blogging. As soon as you make a recipe, you will see or find at least 10 others with the same idea.
My good friend Ashton posted her Cherry Coke Jello last week, while these Dr. Pepper Jello Squares were still in my refrigerator. Summer time is definitely Jello time, so it was no surprise to me when I saw all the different versions of Jello popping up all over the place.
These Jello squares are seriously so easy to do. Spray a pan with some non stick spray and wipe out the excess with a napkin. This will keep your Jello from sticking later. A flat spatula also is helpful for removing the squares after they set up.
I heated the Dr. Pepper over medium to high heat until it came to a boil. You need to watch it because it heats very quickly. It will bubble the entire time it is heating up, but wait until you see the bigger bubbles to remove it from the heat. Stir in all the packs of Jello and stir until it is completely dissolved. Pour it into your prepared pan and refrigerate it for at least 4 hours.
Cut your Jello into squares using a hot knife. Run the knife under hot water and dry it off. This works for any dessert that you want to cut into a nice clean slice.
Swirl on a little bit of Cool Whip and a cherry with the stem. These cute little squares are ready for a picnic now. Or just for you to devour one at a time.
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