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Grape Jiggle Cups

Grape Jiggle Cups

When my son was eating his cup of gelatin (don’t you like the word Jell-o better?) today, he was shouting, “This is the best Jell-o in the world I love you!” It was all one sentence.

As much as I love Jell-o, I don’t like to give my kids artificial colors or flavors if I can help it. That’s why I find unflavored gelatin so helpful. When you add it to plain fruit juice, you get something even better than the original.

Knox brand gelatin had a recipe for their Knox Blocks since I was a kid, which are a sort of precursor to the Jell-o Jigglers recipe.

For these cups though, I wanted the kids to be able to scoop it out with a spoon, so I cut the amount of gelatin in half from the Knox Blocks recipe.

Now, some people may argue that because juice has natural sugar, these aren’t as healthy as you might think. I would disagree.

If you use 100% grape juice, which has no added sugar, colors, or flavors, I think you’re doing just fine.

Grape Jiggle Cups


  • 4 cups 100% white grape juice
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups grapes


1. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, pour in 3 cups of the juice. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, pour the remaining cup of juice and sprinkle with the gelatin.

2. When juice comes to a boil, remove from heat, and whisk in the juice and gelatin mixture. Whisk until gelatin dissolves. Allow mixture to cool for about 30 minutes, and then pour into clear glasses or clear plastic cups.

3. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. Test the viscosity of the mixture by dropping a grape into one of the cups. If it sinks to the bottom, refrigerate a little longer. If it goes in and floats just under the surface of the gelatin, it is ready. Stir in a generous handful of grapes into each cup. Refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours.