The Most Wonderful Cherry Jello You Will Ever Eat in Your Life

Do you have recipes in your recipe files that have funny names?  I definitely do and here are the names of just a few of mine!   Mississippi Sin DipMillion Dollar Spaghetti and White Trash Bars.

The recipe that I am sharing today is another one of those recipes.  The Most Wonderful Cherry Jello You Will Ever Eat in Your Life.  How can you resist something with a name like that?

I received this recipe from a friend of mine over 25 years ago.  We were at a party where everyone was supposed to bring something and this is what she brought.  As I was in line getting my plate of food, a man was  ahead of me who was on his second round.  He turned to me and told me that he wanted to come back to get some more of this cherry jello and he wanted to know what it was called because it was the most wonderful cherry jello he had ever eaten in his life.

When I asked my friend what the name of her recipe was… guessed it.  It really was called The Most Wonderful Cherry Jello You Will Ever Eat in Your Life.  I told her about the man in front of me and we had a great laugh!

Since then it became a family staple while my kids were growing up and to this day it is still my  son’s favorite jello side dish.  It calls for cherry pie filling which almost turns it into a dessert and the whipped topping isn’t just Cool Whip and adds a decadent creamy topping.

I hope that you try it and that maybe you too will think that’s it’s the most wonderful cherry jelly you have ever eaten in your life!

The Most Wonderful Cherry Jello You Will Ever Eat in Your Life
Recipe type: Salad
  • 1 6 oz pkg cherry jello
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple, do not drain
  • 1 can Comstock Red Ruby Cherry pie filling, or other Cherry Pie Filling
  • 1 3 oz pkg instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups Cool Whip
  1. Combine cherry gelatin with 2 cups of boiling water. OMIT 2 cups cold
  2. water as directed on the package. Add crushed pineapple with juice and cherry pie filling.
  3. Pour into 9x13 pan
  4. Chill.
  1. Combine pudding with 1 cup milk and beat. Let set for 1-2 minutes until slightly thick.
  2. Add Cool Whip and mix well.
  3. Spread on top of the chilled cherry jello.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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  1. I love all the posts I see. And I try most of them.

  2. I never make jello. Except one type. The recipe is identical to this one. My friend Claudine gave me the recipe about 10-15 years ago. My kids love it. And I agree, it is the most wonderful cherry jello ever!

  3. Under #1 it says omit 2 cups cold water. Under #2, what does water as directed on pkg mean? I would like to try this recipe.

    Thanks Anne

    • OH, that is supposed to be the end of the sentence above. You want to mix the jello with 2 cups of hot water. But the recipe on the package says to then add 2 cups of cold water and that is what you don’t want to do. Just use the 2 cups of boiling water. Does that make sense? Oh man, this is SOOO good!

  4. Hi Debbie, Do you know …. have you ever made this with out the pineapple ? can I add something in place of it ?
    Any suggestions ?
    thanks, Jeanne

    • Hi Jeanne! Honestly I have never made any substitutions with this recipe but in thinking about it, maybe some applesauce instead of pineapple? I’d love to hear how that turns out!

  5. krista taylor says:

    I’m thinking about dying the topping green for a festive Christmas look. What do you think? :)

  6. Can it be made the night before or will the pudding mixture soak up the red coloring from the jello?

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