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Circus Peanut Gelatin

 Circus Peanut Gelatin
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
12 ServingsPrep: 10 min. + chilling


  • 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


  • 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 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 189 calories, 3 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 16 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.