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Circus Peanut Gelatin

Circus peanuts are one of the most popular candies in my hometown's old-fashioned candy shop. When I saw this circus peanut Jell-O recipe, I knew just where to buy them. Kids love the cool fruity taste, and older folks enjoy the trip down memory lane. —Ruthanne Mengel, De Motte, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 47 circus peanut candies, divided
  • 1 cup boiling water, divided
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) orange gelatin
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed


  • Cut 32 candies into small pieces; place in a microwave-safe bowl. Add 1/4 cup of boiling water. Cover and microwave on high for 45 seconds; stir. Microwave 45 seconds longer. Stir until smooth. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in remaining boiling water. Stir in candy mixture and pineapple. Refrigerate until partially set.
  • Fold in whipped topping. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. dish. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares; top each square with a remaining circus peanut.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 186 calories, 3g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 26mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • sandra stevens
    Jan 30, 2010

    Instead of crushed pineapple I added a 16 oz. can of mandarin oranges.

  • Trinodino
    Jul 1, 2009

    I love the flavor of circus peanuts and this jello really highlighted them. It was really good and creamy with a mild circus peanut taste. I do think I would have liked it even more though without the pineapple. I didn't like the chunky pieces in the jello. It would have liked it to have been smooth all the way through. I will definitely make it again!

  • FriedaG
    Mar 6, 2008

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