I have to say, this is one of my favourites!! I never has jello growing up (I am clearly not a true caker), but I've had this as an adult, and LUV it.
It's never too late to start a love affair with the jiggly.
We always had this for dessert growing up but with a zippy twist...Mom used ginger ale in the Jello instead of water (for many years my sister and I never knew that mandarin oranges *weren't* actually tangy. I wish I was kidding about that). Something else: a blanket of mini marshmallows (white or coloured) always covered the top, and they were best if they'd all been stirred around in the pre-set Jello so they were slightly coated. The second surprise after the tangy taste...a sweet sludge that develops on the bottom of the pan from the corn starch on the marshmallows...I'm not proud to say this, but it was my favourite part. I would drag my spoon underneath the Jello (still in the pan waiting to be served to other people) to scrape this stuff off the bottom and have it all for myself. Perhaps I've said too much...
You haven't said too much, Debra. It's good for fellow cakers to get these things off their chests. If it's any consolation, I used to lick the sugar off the lemon and orange jelly wedges that our neighbour kept in her candy dish - and then I would put them back in the dish.