This is a salad my great grandma use to make and is one of my favorites to eat during the holiday season. Most people make this creamy by melting the cream cheese or dissolving it in the juice. We actually add small chunks of the cheese after the mix has cooled. So you have a clear gelatin with little white chunks in it. So good!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Drain the pineapple juice and cherry water into a 2-cup measuring cup. Pour enough color to make 2 cups; discard the remaining soda. Pour the cola mixture into a saucepan.

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  • Bring the cola mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, then stir in the pineapple, cherries, cream cheese, and cherry gelatin until gelatin dissolves, about 5 minutes. Pour mixture into a mold or glass baking dish. Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.

Cook's Notes

There are several variations to this in my family. You can add pecans, you can add all of the pineapple instead of just half. You can add the whole can of soda. You can also let the mixture cool a bit before adding the cream cheese so that it doesn't melt.

My sister and I like to make a double batch so we have it to snack on for the next few days.

Nutrition Facts

132 calories; protein 2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 26g 8% DV; fat 3g 5% DV; cholesterol 9.4mg 3% DV; sodium 66.7mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2012
My gram used to make a similar recipe.It is GOOD!Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/27/2017
4.27.17 Thought I d followed the recipe instructions to the letter and then today when I was ready to upload the photo I see that the description by the recipe author at the top contradicts how the recipe tells you to add the cream cheese. Top: We actually add small chunks of the cheese after the mix has cooled. Recipe instructions: Bring the cola mixture to a boil..... remove from heat THEN stir in pineapple cherries cream cheese... It doesn t say to cool the cola mixture before adding the cream cheese. So what happened was the cream cheese chunks started to melt but not completely and what you ended up with was a mixture that looked curdled for lack of a better explanation. And after more than 24 hours of refrigeration this salad still had not jelled completely had to scoop out of the dish with a spoon. IMO I would think you'd want to put the warm cola-jello mixture into the fridge for about 90 minutes or until it starts to thicken and then add all of your ingredients. The cream cheese wouldn't melt and your fruits would be evenly dispersed throughout the jello salad. Sorry this was a failure for me so I m just going to move on won t try again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2012
My gram used to make a similar recipe.It is GOOD!Thanks! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2011
I have been looking for this recipe since my fathat er passed away in 1979. Thankyou so much for sharing, also my Dad added pecans for a little crunch and he used black cherry gelatin. Any of you who have not tried this recipe you don't know what you are missing. Lorah you have made my day Thankyou again Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/27/2017
4.27.17 Thought I d followed the recipe instructions to the letter and then today when I was ready to upload the photo I see that the description by the recipe author at the top contradicts how the recipe tells you to add the cream cheese. Top: We actually add small chunks of the cheese after the mix has cooled. Recipe instructions: Bring the cola mixture to a boil..... remove from heat THEN stir in pineapple cherries cream cheese... It doesn t say to cool the cola mixture before adding the cream cheese. So what happened was the cream cheese chunks started to melt but not completely and what you ended up with was a mixture that looked curdled for lack of a better explanation. And after more than 24 hours of refrigeration this salad still had not jelled completely had to scoop out of the dish with a spoon. IMO I would think you'd want to put the warm cola-jello mixture into the fridge for about 90 minutes or until it starts to thicken and then add all of your ingredients. The cream cheese wouldn't melt and your fruits would be evenly dispersed throughout the jello salad. Sorry this was a failure for me so I m just going to move on won t try again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/26/2016
Very tasty and refreshing. Couldn't find canned Bing Cherries so substituted a can labeled "Sweet Cherries" which was very similar if not the same thing. Read More
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