Jello is one of those things that’s fun to make, fun to play with…and that I usually have no desire to eat. I’m not sure why that is. Is it that I associate it with being sick and low-carb diets? Maybe. I don’t hate it, but I rarely go out of my way to have some. My kids feel the same way. That being said, occasionally we see a recipe that needs to be made, just for the fun of it. So we’ve made the jello aquarium (complete with Spongebob and friends), we’ve pinned jello oranges, and now we’ve discovered jello pinwheels.
These jello pinwheels are easy to make, and they involve marshmallows, which in my opinion only improves the jello. They are definitely a fun snack, especially for the smaller kids I think. I’d love to tell you we gobbled them up like crazy but I think we had more fun playing with them and making them than actually eating them. But if you’re a jello fan, they are a must.
(from Joy of Jello)
1 (3 oz) package of jello
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
Lightly spray an 8 or 9 inch square pan with cooking spray.
Stir together water and jello powder and microwave for one minute. Remove and stir to make sure all the jello is dissolved. Microwave a few seconds more if needed.
Add marshmallows and return to microwave for 20-40 seconds, until marshmallows just begin to puff. This is the key to a successful marshmallow layer! If you overcook the marshmallows they will just dissolve and you will not have two distinct layers.
Whisk quickly until marshmallows have dissolved. Pour into prepared pan and chill in the fridge for at least 45 minutes, until well set. The creamy marshmallow layer will float to the top.
Remove the pan from the fridge. The jello should be very firm and easy to handle. Gently pull one side away from the pan and lift the entire sheet onto the counter or other clean surface. Starting at one end, roll up tightly. With the seam side down, cut into 1/2 inch pinwheels. An easy way to do this is with a piece of thread or dental floss. Simply put the string around the roll, cross and pull. Makes 10-12 pinwheels.