Last week, I bought a ton of unflavored gelatin for a dessert that just really did not work out. So I’m left with about 10 little packs of gelatin that I don’t know what to do with yet. Now, I’ve been known to put something in the pantry and then forget it exists for a year (or two). So I decided I needed to try to use up some of the gelatin in order to not forget it lives in the pantry. Clearly a case of present Megan looking out for future Megan, how nice am I? Jell-o immediately came to mind as Jell-o jigglers were a favorite in our household growing up. We would cut them into many shapes using cookie cutters and try many different flavors. I have fond memories of jigglers for parties and bowls of jell-o when I was feeling sick. The problem with Jell-o, at least for me, is the sugar content. This is where stevia steps in to save the day!
I chose passion tea lemonade because I love passion iced tea lemonades from Starbucks during the summer. Since it was getting a bit warmer last week in Chicago (I say was because it’s currently snowing as I write this), this flavor seemed like a perfect fit. Mine came out exactly like the unsweetened passion tea lemonade at Starbucks. If you like the sweetened version, you can definitely add more sweetener to get it to that level. I personally like that these have a bit of tang to them and aren’t cloyingly sweet. We also experimented with making a parfait with our gelatin dessert with some Coco-whip, which was delicious! If you are able to eat dairy, Cool-Whip would work wonderfully as well! All you have to do when the gelatin is set is layer and enjoy!
- 3 cups water
- 3 tea-bags of Tazo Passion Tea
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 10 drops liquid stevia, or more to taste (honey or sugar would also work)
- 2 packets Knox gelatin bloomed in 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- Boil 3 cups of water. Take off heat and steep the tea bags for 5 or so minutes. Add lemon juice, lemon zest and stevia.
- In a small bowl, bloom gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. It will gel to the consistency of runny applesauce.
- Immediately, add it to the tea water. Whisk for 5 minutes until the gelatin is dissolved.
- Pour into an 8x8 inch baking pan. Place in the refrigerator for a few hours to set.
- If you like your passion iced tea lemonade sweet, make sure to add more sweetener.