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Circus Peanut Gelatin Recipe

Circus Peanut Gelatin Recipe

Circus Peanuts were one of the most talked-about candies in my hometown's old-fashioned candy shop. When I saw this gelatin recipe that called for Circus Peanuts, I knew just where to buy them and tried the recipe. Kids love its cool fruity taste, and older folks enjoy the trip down memory lane. -Ruthanne Mengel, Demotte, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 44 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Fold in whipped topping. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares; top each square with a circus peanut. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 189 calories, 3g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 16mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

Reviews for Circus Peanut Gelatin

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sandra stevens User ID: 2484498 205565
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

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

Trinodino User ID: 1345028 63423
Reviewed 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!"

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