A creamy Bing cherry gelatin salad.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
9
Yield:
6 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a sauce pan, combine reserved cherry juice and pineapple juice to equal 1 cup. Bring to boil, add gelatin and whisk together. Remove from heat and add cream cheese and blend together until smooth.

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  • Add cola and beat until mixture becomes fluffy. Fold in cherries, pineapple, and nuts. Pour into molded container, chill 6 to 8 hours or until firm.

Nutrition Facts

249 calories; protein 4.2g 8% DV; carbohydrates 34.6g 11% DV; fat 12.1g 19% DV; cholesterol 10.4mg 4% DV; sodium 115.6mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2003
We love this recipe and have used it for over 25 years. Make sure the cherries are bing cherries or it will be sour to the taste. We cut the cream cheese in little pieces - it's wonderful! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/27/2004
This salad was extremely stiff not fluffy. I made it twice to make sure that I had followed the directions correctly. The cream cheese got lost in the jello. I would not make it again but if I did I would add more cream cheese. Read More
(9)
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2003
We love this recipe and have used it for over 25 years. Make sure the cherries are bing cherries or it will be sour to the taste. We cut the cream cheese in little pieces - it's wonderful! Read More
(31)
Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2010
This recipe has been in my southern family for more than 50 yrs. The cream cheese should be cubed or diced and stirred in along w fruit/nuts once mixture has been allowed to congeal slightly. It is nut "fluffy" but rather is a congealed salad w/ a tart taste. Also my recipe calls for these amts: 2 pkgs jello 1 can cherries 2 pkgs cream cheese 1 sm can pineapple 13 oz cola. heat juice from fruit to dissolve the jello add cola then refrigerate to congeal slightly ( about 1 hr). Gently stir in cubed cheese fruit & nuts and allow to congeal completely. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
I am hooked on this recipe! The cherries are so delicious! I had trouble getting the cream cheese to blend easily though. Other than that it was a hit at Christmas. Very pretty too. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/26/2004
This salad was extremely stiff not fluffy. I made it twice to make sure that I had followed the directions correctly. The cream cheese got lost in the jello. I would not make it again but if I did I would add more cream cheese. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2009
We've had this recipe in our family for years, but ours has different amounts. This might help with the "sour" reviews. Try a full 8 ounces of cream cheese, a whole can cola, and two small packages of cherry jello. Also, ours has never come out "fluffy." It just looks like a regular jello. Enjoy because we sure do! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/12/2011
I have a recipe with similar ingredients minus the cream cheese that I've been making for a long time. I thought the cream cheese might give this a bit of a creamy texture and maybe alter the color a bit to pink. First you MUST allow the gelatin mixture to congeal slightly (takes about 1 to 1-1/4 hours) in the fridge. If you don't all of your fruit and nuts will sink to the bottom. Next it is IMPOSSIBLE to incorporate the cream cheese into the gelatin even if you ultimately use a mixer (I know because I finally tried that). What you end up with is red gelatin with tiny white flecks of cream cheese which isn't too attractive. IMO the cream cheese adds nothing to this recipe except calories. You simply can't taste it so why bother? The term "fluffy" should be removed from the recipe because you'll never reach a fluffy stage. I used sugar-free jello and it firmed up fine but you just don't have that beautiful clear jello appearance. It looks a little "curdled" for lack of a better expression. Tastes OK but sorry I'll stick with my old tried-and-true recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2009
This has been a family favorite for over 30 years (all of my life). Tons of flavor and the different textures are great too. My favorite thing about this salad is the zing from the carbonated cola! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/29/2002
this dish was very sour...i didn't like it Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2009
This recipe is fabulous and the fact that I don't have to add sugar is great. I used the no-sugar jello was delicious will use again... My maiden name was Bice Niki care to tell me about yourself? Nancy Read More
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