I came across this recipe for fruit juice shapes in Barefoot Contessa Family Style cookbook and just had to make them. They are made with your favorite clear fruit juice, like grape, cranberry, or apple, which is mixed with unflavored gelatin so you can cut into cute shapes. The mixture firms up better than regular jelllo chillers, and are really refreshing. My girls helped cut them out and garnish with cherries and grapes. The stars represent our Dallas Cowboys.
For the adults, I highly recommend these Layered Margarita Jello Bites from Mommy's Kitchen. I made them for our Super Bowl party and they were a big hit.
4 cups clear fruit juice (I used Cran/Grape)
4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
maraschino cherries and grapes for garnish
In a large bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1 cup of the fruit juice and allow to stand for a few minutes. Heat up the remaining 3 cups fruit juice just to a boil, then pour it over the juice and gelatin mixture. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
Pour into a 9x9 inch pan, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for 3 hours or overnight. Dip the bottom of the pan briefly into hot water to loosen. Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes, or just cut into squares. Garnish with cherries and grapes using toothpicks to secure. Have fun and enjoy!