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, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 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 User ID: 7337621 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 User ID: 6939804 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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