7up Jello Salad is a classic holiday favorite passed down from Colt's Grandmother.
7up Jello Salad is a staple in Colt's family for the Holidays.
His Grandma Sible passed this recipe down to Colt's Mom years ago (by that I mean close to 40 years ago) and it's the only Jello Salad that I have ever tasted that I can't live without.
It's a Thanksgiving and Christmas staple in our house and once in awhile I make it just to be naughty!
7up Salad is made with lemon jello, 7up, crushed pineapple, bananas and of course mini marshmallow's.
But wait thats not what makes 7up salad totally amazing, its the layer of pineapple pudding mousse that goes on top, oh dear lord it's delicious!
almost ate could have ate all the pudding and left the jello for the kids, I know its so bad in so many ways but it's just that good!
My recipe card is looking it's age. My Mother In-law wrote the recipe down for me about 13 years ago when we held our first family gathering at our house and I've made it numerous times since!
Drain a 20 ounce can crushed pineapple of juice. Press out all the juice from the pineapple. You should have about 1 cup pineapple juice reserved. Set crushed pineapple and juice aside.
Meanwhile bring 2 cups water to a boil. Remove pan from heat and stir in 6 ounces Lemon Jello until dissolved.
Add 2 cups 7up and stir well. Allow mixture to cool for 10 minutes off the heat.
Stir in drained crushed pineapple, 3 sliced banana's and 1 cup mini marshmallows.
Pour Jello mixture into a 9"x13" dish or 10 individual parfait glasses.
Cover jello and place in refrigerator for 2-3 Hours until set.
Now for the best part! Pineapple Pudding Mousse: Once Jello is set in a medium sized sauce pan combine flour and sugar.
Add 1 whole Egg, beaten and stirred until combined.
Slowly stir in 1 cup reserved Pineapple Juice.
Add 3 tablespoons Butter and turn heat to medium. Bring mixture to a boil while stirring constantly.
Boil for about 3 minutes or until thickened.
Remove mixture from heat and add 1/2 teaspoon gelatin if using real whip cream.
Allow mixture to cool for about 15 minutes or until room temprature.
If you want to make the original recipe and use that one stuff that starts with cool, you know that stuff..
With all the weird ingredients you can leave out the gelatin and whip cream in the next step and just add 1 cup cool whip. Personally I avoid that stuff like the plague and opt for whip cream and gelatin because I know what both are made out of, but that's just my opinionated, pain in the whahoozie choice..
Please no one tell my Mother In-Law, what I've been up too!
Beat 2/3 cup Cold Heavy Whipping Cream and 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract until stiff peaks form about 1-2 minutes over medium speed.
It will look a little something like this.
Add Whip Cream to Pineapple Pudding mixture and fold in whip cream until well combined.
Go ahead and grab a spoon and take a taste, it's like heaven in a pan... I won't tell..
Top Jello with Pineapple Pudding Mousse Mixture and refrigerate until cold and ready to serve 6 hours or overnight.
If your feeling fancy feel free to garnish with nuts and maraschino cherries.
I forgot the cherries and sliced almonds at the store so we just enjoyed the 7up Salad as is, plus the kids get a little weird when you add nuts to Jello.. I think it's a texture thing...