Fruit juice shapes recipe challenge fail

Fruit Juice Shapes

We knew it would happen. My first disaster has struck. But that is the way the yucky fruit juice shapes wiggle. The main problem was the Knox gelatin I purchased. It stank. Literally. I poured it in a cup of fruit juice the way the recipe told me to, let it sit and stirred it up. Then I staggered out of the kitchen like Sally in Nightmare Before Christmas when she was poisoning that gross little troll who made her.

Anyway, after I added the boiling juice my entire house smelled like boiled horse parts. It was awful. I kept making the recipe because I thought maybe it would get better? I don’t know what I was thinking. I should have poured it all down the sink and then moved out. I finished the recipe, poured it in a 13×9 pan and let it sit in the fridge for 3 hours so that my fridge could get all smelly. Then Six and I cut out shapes with the odd array of cookie cutters I own and nothing got better. It all still stank and it tasted awful because it smelled of boiled hooved animal. Then to top it all off only two of the shapes made it out of the pan in one piece.

And here’s what’s funny. The two shapes that came out were a little man and a little ghost. It looked like the spirit of the man was leaving his body which made perfect sense since both of them smelled awful and tasted worse.

I spent some time trying to figure out what happened and turns out plain gelatin often smells bad. That’s why it is always loaded up with sugar and chemicals to mask the smell because gelatin is boiled animal bits. I knew this but having made this recipe has convinced me to never do anything like this again. Also, Six didn’t smell anything and he said the little ghost tasted good. He managed to swipe it off the plate after I took the picture. I threw the rest of it away, opened all the windows in the house and found a really interesting link about the woman who made all this grossness possible, Rose Knox

So for the first time I cannot recommend a recipe but that is mostly because I am apparently very sensitive to smell. If you feel the need for rubbery gelatin snacks, make the recipe off the Jell-O box for jigglers and leave the unflavored gelatin to the professionals. I’m off to light seventeen highly scented soy candles throughout my house. Wish me luck.


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