My mom always makes this for Thanksgiving and all of my siblings have carried on the tradition. The secret is in the topping.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Dissolve gelatin completely in 2 cups hot water and pour into desired mold. Mix crushed pineapple, bananas, and 1 1/2 cup cold water into gelatin mixture; top with miniature marshmallows. Chill until firm.

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  • Whisk reserved pineapple juice, sugar, flour, and egg in a saucepan over low heat and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture almost comes to a simmer and becomes thick, about 5 minutes. Mix cream cheese into sauce, transfer to a large bowl, and cool to room temperature. Stir whipped topping into cream cheese mixture. Spread over gelatin. Chill thoroughly before serving.

Nutrition Facts

430 calories; protein 6g 12% DV; carbohydrates 65.3g 21% DV; fat 17.7g 27% DV; cholesterol 54mg 18% DV; sodium 205.8mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2013
Nice only change was to use blueberries instead of bananas. It is pretty too. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/27/2013
No different that jello with fruit in it. Topping ok. Just not special. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2013
Nice only change was to use blueberries instead of bananas. It is pretty too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2013
This was easy and just enough of a difference to your standard jello with fruit that it really stood out and got rave reviews. By no means a gourmet or exotic side or dessert, but a tasty, easy, and economical salad that is definitely worth trying. Instead of whipped topping I made whipped cream (fresh whipped cream is so easy and much better flavor, texture, and richness compared to whipped topping in a tub. My personal opinion). Seved it with a ham dinner and the sweetness was perfect compliment to the salty ham. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2012
you gotta try this recipe! Cheap and easy it will definitely be a regular dish in my home! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2013
Delicious easy and you can be a little flexible with the fruits you add and flavor of jello you. It's true - the secret is that yummy frosting! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2015
Instead of bananas I used a can of cherry pie filling. The combo of cherries and jello and pineapples was delicious.The frosting on top was definitely the secret. This recipe is going to my recipe box!:) Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/27/2013
No different that jello with fruit in it. Topping ok. Just not special. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2016
This is Soooo good! We substituted tropical flavored jello for the cherry and it was amazing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2015
Perfect as a side or a desert Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2019
Nice taste and reminds me of all the jello dishes family friends made during holidays and family gatherings.I used sugarfree cherry jello for people on a strict diabetic diet. Used no flour either I made this dish gluten free by the substitution of Xanthan gum. Mom's Secret Cherry jello was light and refreshing! Read More