Mom's Secret Cherry JELL-O Salad


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

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 (6 ounce) package cherry-flavored gelatin (such as JELL-O®)

  • 2 cups hot water

  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, juice drained and reserved

  • 3 bananas, sliced

  • 1 ½ cups cold water

  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows, or as needed

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 egg

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed


  1. 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.

  2. 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 (per serving)

430 Calories
18g Fat
65g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 430
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 57g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 243mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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