Introduction: How to Make Jell-o Slush With an Ice Cream Maker

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What happens when you put Jell-O in an ice cream maker?

Once the question entered my brain, it simply wouldn't leave until I tried it. So I did. And I suggest you do too!

It's easy to make, and it tastes like a Jell-O Slushie. I say this as a good thing. It's almost like Jell-o met and had a baby with Italian ice: a thick, viscous, sweet, slushy baby.

To make it, all you need is a pack of jell-o, and an ice cream maker.

This was originally published on CakeSpy.

Step 1: Step 1: Prep and Make the Jell-o

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First off: if your ice cream maker has a drum that requires freezing, do that. Sometimes you need to chill it for several hours. Follow the instructions per the manufacturer suggestion.

Next, make the jell-o. It can be instant or the slower cooked kind. Prepare and chill per the instructions on the box.

Step 2: Put the Jell-o in the Ice Cream Maker

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Once the jell-o is set, put it in the ice cream maker. I churned for 18 minutes. It progressed from jell-o ish to having slushy bits, to a very slushy yet firm mixture, kind of with the texture of sorbet.

Step 3: Remove From the Ice Cream Maker

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Remove the jell-o from the ice cream maker. Mine came out in an impressive, clean unit.

Step 4: Transfer to Serving Dishes and Enjoy

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You can eat it right away, or store it in either the fridge or freezer. It will get soft in the fridge (but will retain a slight slushiness) and it will become hard, like frozen italian ice, in the freezer.


lynnekz (author)2015-06-05

What size box of jello did you use -- a four serving or the larger one that is 6 or eight servings? I didn't think the four serving size would have enough volume in the ice cream machine. Also, how many servings did you end up with? Was it pretty much the same amount of servings as the jello made or was there a significant difference due to freezing and/or aeration Thanks!

cakespy (author)lynnekz2015-06-05

Great questions, Lynne!

I used the small box of jell-o (4 servings) and it was fine in my ice cream maker. The churning mechanism reaches the bottom of the drum, though - this may not be the same in all ice cream makers.

The volume increases slightly but not a huge amount, so it was around the same amount of servings as the box of jell-o.

lynnekz (author)2015-06-03

This is so great! My husband just found out a few months ago he has diabetes. He really misses ice cream. I will definately try this with sugar free jello because it would be a treat he could have anytime (since sugar free jello is a "free" food in his food plan).

cakespy (author)lynnekz2015-06-03

Awesome!! I hope he enjoys it!!

acabrera7 (author)2015-06-02

I don't have an ice cream maker, so I put my soft drink in the freezer until "instant cool" temperature. Open and quickly pour! the liquid will instantly turn into slushy :D

Now only if I had an ice cream mixer....

flyingpuppy (author)2015-05-30

no way! Glad you had the hairbrained idea and followed thru!

CurtosNoirDesign (author)2015-05-30

That is a SWEET idea. Nice write up!

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