Circus Peanut Gelatin

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + chilling


15 servings

Updated: May. 11, 2023
Circus peanuts are one of the most popular candies in my hometown's old-fashioned candy shop. When I saw this circus peanut Jell-O recipe, I knew just where to buy them. Kids love the cool fruity taste, and older folks enjoy the trip down memory lane. —Ruthanne Mengel, De Motte, Indiana
Circus Peanut Gelatin Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 47 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 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 greased 13x9-in. dish. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into 15 squares; top each square with a remaining circus peanut.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 186 calories, 3g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 26mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.