Jell-o Roll Ups

Who wouldn’t be intrigued by this?  Just take a look at this craziness:

I originally saw a picture for these “Marshmallow Pinwheels” or “Jello Rollups” on Pintrest – you know, that place that has every adorable thing ever made condensed into a website.  The simplicity of it all just makes me really skeptical – just because Kraft has the word “Easy” in the name doesn’t quite convince me.

There are only three ingredients involved:  a box of Jello, any flavor (I’m going with cherry, the BEST flavor) + 1/2 cup of warm water + 1 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows.  I just happen to have a box of Jello AND some marshmallows sitting for who-knows-how-long in my kitchen cabinet…but nothing’s growing on it yet so I assume it’s fine.

The marshmallows that have been hidden on my cabinet shelf are the regular-sized kind, so I cut them into what I think is the mini size.

This is what I have to do:

STIR gelatin mix and water in medium microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1-1/2 min.; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.

STIR in marshmallows. Microwave on HIGH 1 min. or until marshmallows are partially melted. Stir with whisk until marshmallows are completely melted. Pour into 8- or 9-inch square pan sprayed with cooking spray.

REFRIGERATE 45 min. or until set. Run a sharp knife around edges of pan to loosen gelatin layer from pan. Starting at 1 edge, roll up gelatin layer tightly. Cut into 1/2-inch slices. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

I can make regular ol’ Jello with my eyes closed, but the instructions are a little different here.  I believe we’re using less water so that the Jello comes out firmer.  I figure some impressive science is going to happen either in the microwave or in my refrigerator, because at some point, judging by Kraft’s official-looking picture of the final product, the marshmallows and the Jello are supposed to separate.

All was going according to plan until I got to the second step and added in the marshmallows and put it in the microwave.  Here is the not-so-pleasant surprise I got when I opened the microwave:

WHAT is going on here?

The marshmallows are supposed to melt in the microwave?  Clearly that didn’t happen.  I didn’t want to risk making an even bigger mess, so I took measures into my own hands and tried to melt the microwave in a little pot over the stove instead.

It didn’t help.

Little sticky globs of mini marshmallows floated in the hot jello mix and just would not melt completely.  I had to deal with what I had a move on to the next phase – pouring it onto the (greased) pan and refrigerating it…

After the microwave incident, I lost a little faith in this challenge.  No way was this going to turn out well.  However, and surprisingly,  it only took about an hour to set.  I touched the Jello to make sure it firmed up and started to loosen the Jello around the edges.

Immediately I noticed that didn’t grease the pan evenly either, because bits of unmelted marshmallow were still stuck to bottom.  Except for that part, it was pretty easy to roll off the pan.

After I made the Jello roll, I cut them into about half-inch pieces and voilà! JELLO ROLL UPS!

Some of them turned out with the right shape at least, so that’s a great start!  I didn’t get a complete separation of the Jello and marshmallow (in fact, you can definitely see the unmelted marshmallows all over these things) but they rolled up better than I thought they would and actually taste really great.  Like the original recipe says, they are a lot of fun to eat!  Not sure it was “fun” making them, or cleaning the mess…….but to snack on, they’re awesome!

As for cleaning that mess, if you care to know, it wasn’t that bad either.

Successful?:  Close enough for me.
Edible?:  Yes!
Tasty?:  Very yummy.
Rematch?:   I can see myself trying this again.   Except not with OLD MARSHMALLOWS that I found in the dark corners of my kitchen.  Could that be the culprit? :-O

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