Cranberry-Orange Gelatin

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins

Toss that mix; it's just as easy to make flavored gelatin from scratch with a few ingredients.


  • 4 envelopes (¼ ounce each) unflavored gelatin

  • 3 cups cranberry-juice cocktail

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 6 oranges, separated into segments, ½ cup juice reserved


  1. In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over 1 cup cranberry juice. Set aside to soften, 5 minutes. Place over low heat until gelatin has dissolved, 4 to 5 minutes. Add sugar; stir gently until dissolved (rub mixture between your fingers to make sure it's smooth), 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

  2. Transfer gelatin mixture to a medium bowl; stir in orange juice and remaining 2 cups cranberry juice. Skim any foam from surface, and refrigerate until just thick enough to hold a line drawn by your finger, 30 to 40 minutes.

  3. Arrange orange segments in the bottom of a 1 1/2- to 2-quart gelatin mold or Bundt pan; pour gelatin mixture over oranges. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.

  4. To unmold, dip bottom of mold briefly in hot water, invert onto a plate, and shake firmly to release.

Cook's Notes

Thickening the gelatin first makes it easy to arrange the oranges exactly as you want them. Don't let the gelatin mixture become hot- it should be just warm to the touch.

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