Now that all the unpleasant awesomeness of the Worst Recipe is behind us, we can all kick back and enjoy the best gelatin recipes that were sent in. There was very stiff competition for this, as Tom and I both had favorites that we really wanted to see win. In fact, there were so many good recipes that we had to increase our original number of winners in the Good category from two to four. We both got attached to our favorites and we were just dying to share them with you guys!

So, here we go!


Our Fourth Place Winner may look like something that fell off of Slimer from Ghostbusters, but don’t judge. Applesauce 7-Up Salad was actually really, really good. And it was a good thing it was really good, because we made it during a very scary point in the contest, when I was making three or four gelatins a night and not feeding Tom any real dinner to speak of.


This is what real bravery looks like, folks.

Also real love.

But I digress.

Applesauce 7-Up Salad
Author: Nina
A fun, sweet gelatin salad!
  • 1.5 cups applesauce
  • 1 small box lime Jello
  • 1 cup chilled 7-Up
  1. Bring applesauce to a boil.
  2. Stir in Jello.
  3. Cool to room temperature. Stir in 7-Up.
  4. Pour into a Jello mold. Chill.



This submission actually came from my next door neighbor here in Midland, believe it or not. Nina has her own cooking blog, Nina in the Kitchen, which differs from mine greatly in that all the recipes posted on her site are guaranteed delicious. I’m not kidding. I always click my heels together with joy whenever she and her husband invite us over for dinner because I know I am getting something that is going to be about 100 times better than anything I can make.


This was an excellent, refreshing change from all of the tomato-and-cream-soup based crap that I forced Tom to try earlier in the night.


Even if it was a little goopy.

And reminded us both of ectoplasm.



It slimed him. But he likes it.

The Verdict: Delicious.

This is a very sweet salad, with all the sugar from the Jell-O, the applesauce AND the soda, so do yourself a favor and get unsweetened or natural applesauce. This has a refreshing taste and, if you don’t overmix it, the carbonation from the soda makes a fun texture in the finished salad.

Thanks for the recipe, Nina, and congrats!