Cooking with Jell-O: How to Make Cherry Lemon Lime Summertime Slushies

Updated on February 18, 2020
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Cherry Lemon Lime Slush Recipe

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My Girl, Jell-O

I love Jell-O. Who doesn't? There's always room for it! Since I'm American and Jell-o is "America's Favorite Dessert," she certainly holds a special place in my heart. She's older than you think, but you'd never know it. She keeps young and fashionable each time a new flavor is introduced. I enjoy eating Jell-O in its traditional manner or using it as a secret ingredient in an old favorite. Jell-O has been there for me many times when I was sick and has helped me pull off some quite lovely desserts. It's summertime and it's hot, so let's have some of the coldest Jell-O you never knew existed. Get ready to say, "You can do that with Jell-O?!"

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours 5 min
Yields: 4 servings


  • 1 pkg Jell-O*, (4 serving size)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups 7-up soda
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Picking the Right Products

*I used cherry lemonade Jell-O. This is a limited edition Madagascar 3 flavor. The movie title and characters appear on the packaging. This was the first time I ever used or tasted this flavor and it's great!

You should pick some up before it's all gone. If you're unable to find this flavor in your area, you have a few options:

  • Use a cherry-flavored Jell-O mix with the 7-up
  • Substitute the soda for a lemon-flavored soda instead (like Minute Maid lemonade soda)
  • Choose a lemon gelatin and a cherry soda pop (like Shasta or Jones Soda)

Honestly, the sky is the limit. Pair your favorite Jell-O flavor with 7-up, ginger ale, or any soda of your choosing. I went to the grocery store planning to pair a cherry or black cherry Jell-O with cola, but when I saw the new cherry lemonade Jell-O, I was excited and inspired to go in a completely different direction. Both ideas were great and my final product was deliciously summer-tastic!

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  1. In a container that can tolerate both your freezer and boiling water, combine gelatin powder and boiling water. Stir with a fork until the Jell-O powder is dissolved.
  2. Add the soda and gently mix.
  3. Place in freezer for 4 hours or overnight.
  4. To serve, use an ice cream scoop to fill serving dishes or disposable paper cups. Serve immediately.
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Jell-O Facts

  • It has been around since 1845!
  • Chocolate gelatin (not pudding) was discontinued in 1927!
  • It once came in celery, Italian, and tomato flavors and have since been discontinued!
  • Green Jell-O is the "official state snack" of Utah!

Tips for Delicious Success

  • This dessert has a texture somewhere in between Italian ice and a snow cone. It's deliciously cold, but not rock-hard like an ice cube. The process is fool-proof with delicious results every time.
  • This is a great alternative to making home-made popsicles if you don't have molds. If you do have molds, this is a recipe that you could use.
  • Use this recipe and method instead of buying one of those at-home snow cone machines. Sure, they're cute, but it's another appliance to take up room and collect dust (and the machine is usually sold as a standalone item without flavors or cups, etc.).
  • You (and or your kids) get to pair two of your favorite flavors together, creating a unique flavor just waiting to be named and devoured!
  • This recipe will yield a delicious treat for far less than the cost of a snow cone machine—in fact, it will probably cost you less than a cold treat from the neighborhood ice cream truck.

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Heather Says

This recipe is just begging to be made. It's so satisfying on a hot summer day (or night) but what's even more satisfying is the process! It's fun, easy, and fast—three of my favorite elements to making or baking anything! Forget about the whopping 4 or 5 slushie flavors at the corner store. You can pick from an entire rainbow of colors and flavors resulting in hundreds of different delicious flavors. Pairing the perfect flavors is such fun, and before you know it, your delicious liquid concoction is a frozen treat! Make this recipe your own and even name your creations. Enjoy!

5 stars from 2 ratings of Cherry Lemon Lime Summertime Slushies

© 2012 Heather Lavelle


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    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Celery-flavored Jell-o? That's insane! Also, I've never had a slushie before and had no idea that they could be made using Jell-o. This Hub is all kids of fascinating- and is gorgeous to boot!

    • Mommiegee profile image


      8 years ago from Alabama

      This looks so Yummy! I had to do a second take. Love it!

    • alipuckett profile image


      8 years ago

      Yummm! This looks like a great treat to stay cool in the hot summer!

    • TToombs08 profile image

      Terrye Toombs 

      8 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Those look SO yummy and easy to make! Great recipe! And perfect for the scorcher we're supposed to have today! Voted up and more and pinned. :)


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