TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cherry gelatin
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 3/4 cup cola

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 166 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein .


  1. Drain mandarin oranges, reserving juice; set fruit aside. In a large saucepan, bring mandarin orange juice and water to a boil; remove from the heat. Stir in gelatin until dissolved. Stir in pie filling and cola.
  2. Pour into a 1-1/2-qt. serving bowl. Refrigerate for 50 minutes or until slightly thickened. Fold in reserved oranges. Refrigerate 3 hours longer or until set. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Slimy Red Goop Salad in Taste of Home's Halloween Annual 2006, p48

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nmynarich 93246
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

"This was a huge hit at a True Blood finale party as "The True Death." Simple, refreshing and delicious!"

MommaJAG 90387
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"Everyone LOVED this recipe last year. The kids and adults alike. Panicked when I couldn't find my copy of it from last year. A couple friends are already asking if I will serve this at our annual halloween get together. So many of these so-called halloween recipes don't actually taste good. This one does.

It stores well and really does look CREEPY!!"

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