Easter and Jello Eggs

Easter is fast approaching, and spring seems to be on it’s way.  I stepped outside today in shirt sleeves and though I was a bit chilly, there were no goosebumps and when the wind died down for a minute, the sun was warm on my back.  These are very good signs.  It’s starting to feel a bit more spring-like around my house too, as we prepare to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ along with the traditions of Easter, not necessarily created by the church.  You see, in my family, we celebrate all the aspects of Easter.  We celebrate the true meaning, as well as the welcoming of spring.  So, as part of the fun, my daughter and I made jello eggs yesterday.  I took pictures and decided to share this fun dessert with all my readers.  First though, a disclaimer.  This is not my recipe.  I’m not sure who first wrote it, but I got it from my sister who (I think) picked it up on Pintrest and added her own twist.  What a lot of fun my four year old daughter and I had!  It required patience and a lot of repetition (and of course, me doing over half of it because she eventually got bored.  Ha ha!) but the end result was totally worth it.  So, without further ado, pictures and steps. 😀

What you will need:

Five or six boxes of packaged jello, at least 85g each

A container of sour cream or plain yogurt
A kettle to boil the water you’ll need
A dozen plastic Easter eggs from the dollar store
Hockey or electrical tape, any colour
An egg carton (I removed my eggs from mine and put them in a bowl until I was done with the molds and then replaced the regular eggs in the carton)
A medical syringe, the kind you give medicine to a toddler with.  Must be at least 5ml.

Depending on the plastic eggs you have, you may have to seal a few of the holes at the bottom (I had two to seal for each).  Remove any air bubbles.  Close the egg and wrap the tape securely around the gap in the middle.  Again, remove any air bubbles.  This is why it has to be waterproof tape.  Anything else will let the liquid out, and you of course won’t get the end you desire.

With a steak knife or a small, low power drill, create a hole in the top of each egg, the same size as the end of the syringe.

Here’s the egg carton: IMG_20130322_160617

Put out the bowls you will need, one for each colour of jello and dump one jello package in each.

Boil the water and instead of putting a cup of hot and a cup of cold to dissolve the crystals, just put in a cup of the boiling water for each colour and let cool on the counter until you’re sure you won’t melt the syringe or accidentally burn yourself if any of the liquid jello lands on you.
Here are my six colours but you can use any six you want: IMG_20130322_161829

When they are cool enough to work with, add a teaspoon of the yogurt or sour cream to half of the colours (or less if you don’t want as much contrast between colours) and whisk until the jello lightens.  Depending on how light you want it, you can add a little more sour cream or yogurt if you wish.

Pick a colour and draw 5ml up into the syringe. Put syringe directly into the hole you created in the top of your plastic egg and depress. Do the same with all 12 eggs and then place the carton and eggs back in the fridge for 15 minutes.  Take back out and put another colour, 5ml into the eggs.  Put in fridge for another 15 minutes.  Repeat until the plastic eggs are completely full of jello.  This can take anywhere from an hour to two, depending on how many layers and the size of your plastic eggs.

Let stand in the fridge overnight.  To get the jello out of the eggs, place in a glass bowl and pour boiling water over them for a few seconds.  Dump into another empty bowl after draining the water and then carefully peel the tape away.  This should make the jello come out easily.

 

 

And here is the final result:IMG_20130323_114749

From my family to yours, may you have a very blessed Easter. And enjoy those easter egg hunts too. I know we will. 😀

Amy McGuire

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About Author Amy McGuire

Author of The Heart's Discovery, a YA Romance novel set mostly in British Columbia with a brief foray into Quito, Ecuador. Also the mother of a bubbly second grade redhead who adores turquoise, and wife to a very patient man. She lives in Toronto, the inspiration for so many of her place names and characters.
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