Marvelous Melon Recipe
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Marvelous Melon Recipe

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"Kids love these cantaloupe wedges filled with fruit-flavored gelatin and fresh strawberries. Even guests are impressed with this colorful dish," says Jillian Surman of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. "For different looks, I experiment with other combinations of melons, gelatin and fruit."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 large cantaloupe
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry banana gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 72 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 21mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fruit.


  1. Cut melon in half lengthwise from bud to stem end; discard seeds. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each half so melon sits level; pat dry.
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in applesauce and strawberries. Pour into melon halves (discard any remaining gelatin mixture or save for another use).
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, slice each melon half into three wedges. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Marvelous Melon in Light & Tasty April/May 2003, p8

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pollywarmer User ID: 6551526 47440
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"great idea, looks very nice & colourful but couldn't eat the cantaloupe as it was too hard to cut. Don't know if a melon would be any better/softer to eat. Just glad I made a trial run the week before I had dinner guests!"

maggiejensen User ID: 1483703 54691
Reviewed May. 25, 2009

"This was an easy recipe and has a beautiful presentation; however, my family didn't like the texture of the jello made with applesauce. If I make it again, I'll make the jello with the jiggler recipe and see how that holds up."

HelenGrayson User ID: 3442795 51208
Reviewed May. 24, 2009

"I did this recipe. It made a nice presentation and was very good to the taste. Thank you. Another one I tried and liked and have made many times since was the crushed pineapple with jello (hot) then add kool whip and cottage cheese when cool. Delicious and quick!"

nana2boys User ID: 3572999 88402
Reviewed May. 21, 2009

"I made these today and they were great. I did scoop out some of the melon to have more room for the jello and when set I cut them in 4 slices each. Plan to take it to a church picnic. I cut each slice in half again and it held up fine, so I can get 16 servings out of one good sized melon. nana2boys"

rickswife User ID: 2207719 62679
Reviewed May. 15, 2009

"Would it be possible to use sugar free gelatin?"

marge blazey User ID: 3034234 92047
Reviewed May. 15, 2009

"Made this for my therapy group and they were delighted with it. Thank you for the great recipe."

Zena1 User ID: 2513092 129114
Reviewed May. 14, 2009

"Made this for Mother's Day. Was a very nice refreshing dessert. Everyone loved the colors & taste of the combination. Thanks again for the great recipes. Zena"

ktr1122 User ID: 1466191 205519
Reviewed May. 14, 2009

"Made this for dessert the other night. Not only was it easy, but tasty and attractive. Will be making this for dessert on those warm summer nights."

Msloret User ID: 2708910 87237
Reviewed May. 14, 2009

"Not bad just make sure when cutting it in half to cut it straight otherwise it will tilt and the jello will go all over your shelf in you refridgerator"

ldanzeisen User ID: 3050423 134351
Reviewed May. 14, 2009

"I made this last weekend for our family dinner-everyone raved about them! I'm sure it will be a request again and again. The kids, ages 2-11 all loved it. It is so simple and soooooo good."

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