It’s been a few decades since desserts like these saw their heyday, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still get a hankering for them every once in a while. While they may not be as popular as they once were, time hasn’t taken away any of their deliciousness, after all. Each one hits such a perfect balance of sweet, salty, and creamy notes that you’ll fall in love with them whether you’re a fan of that jello jiggle or not. Give them a try!
Pineapple spectacular pie is a knockout recipe from at least 40-50 years ago and let us tell you, they were really onto something! With a graham cracker crust – that you can make or buy, your choice – tangy cream cheese filling that isn’t overly sweet, and then a bright, lemony pineapple, jewel-toned top layer…this pie truly is spectacular. Get the recipe here!
Pretzel jello salad is a bit of an homage to those iconic (and often bizarre) 1960s recipes involving various types of gelatin. For this ‘salad’ we used strawberry jello and fresh strawberries, a thick layer of sweet cream cheese, and a pretzel crust, for just a little salty crunch that pairs perfectly with the creamy and fruity layers above. Click here for the recipe!
Not only does this dish look amazing – hello, gem-like, fruit jello layer – but it’s also insanely yummy. The pretzel crust still has the perfect touch of saltiness, but the cinnamon adds an unexpected flavor that balances everything out. Add to that a smooth, sweetened cream cheese layer, and the refreshing fruit top layer. Get the recipe here!
You’ve already seen the strawberry and peach versions, but now we’ve got a cranberry pineapple version of our very favorite jello salad. We used pretzels and a sprinkling of brown sugar as the base of our crust before, but not this time; instead, we used spiced, chopped-up pecans to create a sweet, nutty crust for our addictively delicious cream cheese filling and cranberry pineapple jello top layer. This stuff, you guys. It’s so, so good. Click here for the recipe!