Green Jell-o is the official state snack of Utah and Utahans consume the most Jell-o per year in the world!!! We spent Thanksgiving in Utah last year so I made sure to check out the Jell-o selection at two grocery stores - pretty impressive!!!!
Notice it is all Jell-o brand too! Utah celebrated their love for Green Jell-o with a commemorative pin for the 2002 Winter Olympics and the pin quickly sold out and became a hard to find collectible.
So what do Utahan's make with all that green Jell-o? I bought a fun cookbook on our trip creatively named Utah Cookbook: A collection of favorite recipes from Utah and found a recipe for Lime Divine. Above the recipe it says "A mainstay at Utah reunions and receptions, Lime Divine has become a cultural culinary representation of family fun! It has also inspired the official Green Jell-o Olympic Pin."
Ok - let's make some Lime Divine!
1 can (16 oz) pear halves, undrained
1 (6 oz) package Lime Jell-o
1 1/2 cups carbonated lemon-lime beverage
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup chopped pecans
- drain pears, reserving liquid
- dice pears and set aside
- add water to reserved pear liquid to make 1 1/2 cups
- place liquid in a saucepan and bring to a boil
- put gelatin in a bowl and add boiling liquid; allow to dissolve fully
- add carbonated beverage and lemon juice and combine
- pour 3/4 cup gelatin into a 5-cup mold
- refrigerate for one half hour, until thickened
- arrange 1/2 cup of diced pears in thickened gelatin in the mold
- in a large bowl, whisk the balance of the gelatin gradually into cream cheese until smooth
- refrigerate for one half hour or until thickened slightly
- stir in remaining pears, add chopped pecans and spoon mixture over gelatin layer in the mold
- refrigerate 4 hours or until firm
- release from mold and garnish as desired
While it does look like a slice of glycerin soap, I have to say - I really enjoyed Lime Divine!
There are three reasons this could be:
- my southern heritage predisposes me to a fondness for congealed salads
- I am pregnant and things cold and fruity taste really great right now
- I like things that are green (see my California post)