How to make Cantaloupe even SWEETer

posted on June 23, 2010 by  |  posted under Desserts, Patriotic Holidays, Recipes, Sides, Snacks  |  24 Comments

cantaloupe and jello

One of the reasons I love summer is because of all the fruit!  Watermelons, blueberries and cantaloupe!  Fresh, sweet, juicy fruit.  The kind that is sweeter than candy.  You know what I am talking about.  Delicious.ness!  Soft, ripe, goodness!  YUM!

My kids love fruit, but sometimes it’s fun to change it up a bit!

cantaloupe and jello

I saw this idea somewhere a few years ago in my pre-blogging days,

so if you are a blogger and you posted this a few years ago, email me and I will put in your link:)

cantaloupe and jello

Scoop out the middle of the cantaloupe like you normally do.  It’s best to make one major crater in the melon than a bunch of little ones.

Do you see my reflection in the picture?  I do.

cantaloupe and jello

Make your J.E.ll.O

When you open a bag of Jell-O, the puff of sugar that comes whirling out of the bag screams, “Kids come knock me off the counter and then find a glass of water to spill so it will create a ginormous mess for mom to clean!”  So…

I put my  younger kids in chairs so they could watch and learn how I did it before they attempted it.  Look how intensely they are watching me. They are soaking in all the goodness of creating.

cantaloupe and jello

Ya right…they are watching a cartoon so I could hurry and get it done before my older kids got home from school.   I really don’t like to clean up gooey,  sticky, red messes!  Hey, sometimes it’s best to surprise them with a new treat anyway.

After you add the boiling water to the mix then you stir, add only 3/4 of the cold water.  It gives it a firmer consistency.

cantaloupe and jelloPour your Jell-O into the crater.

Then stick it in the refrigerator.  Place you melon in a bowl so it doesn’t tip.  Helping to prevent messes!

cantaloupe and jello

One happy kid

cantaloupe and jello

Two happy kids.

cantaloupe and jelloIt worked.  The melon is gone!

cantaloupe and jello

    1. June 23rd, 2010 at 11:49 pm
      Shelley says:
      What a cute idea! I love the picture of the two boys. A-dorable!
    2. June 24th, 2010 at 6:08 am
      Kim says:
      adorable! Cute idea!

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    3. June 24th, 2010 at 6:38 am
      Philip @ RAOP says:
      What a creative idea. We usually have a hard time keeping melons around but they might let one sit in the fridge long enough for the jello to set. I know they would love it if they did. Thanks for the idea, we will give it a try this summer.
      .-= Philip @ RAOP´s last blog ..Unexpected Summer Guests =-.
    4. June 24th, 2010 at 9:39 am
      Lorie says:
      What a super fun idea!
    5. June 24th, 2010 at 10:25 am
      Natalie Johnson says:
      CRAZY good idea! How fun is it to eat melon during the summer? Now that you've added jell-o, my melon craving is flaring up! This is such a fun twist to one of my summer favorites.
    6. June 24th, 2010 at 10:47 am
      Jenifer Hall says:
      Anything that has to do with cantaloupe catches my eye since it's in my business name (Cantaloupe Corner). This looks like so much fun! I might just have to run to the market and get a cantaloupe just for this recipe! My kids will love it! Thanks for the great idea.
    7. June 24th, 2010 at 11:37 am
      Shannon Spath says:
      Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I posted it on my FB page to share with my friends.
    8. June 24th, 2010 at 2:45 pm
      Suzzy Rice says:
      Oh, what a fun memory...the first time my kids met my grandmother (grandfather's third wife), she had this tread for them...with green jello! They thought it was the best!
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    9. June 24th, 2010 at 3:10 pm
      Pegg says:
      Okay, yum!
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    10. June 24th, 2010 at 4:49 pm
      Linda Meziere says:
      I really believed that the kids were learning from your awesome craftiness. (I would still like to believe that if that's okay:)
      • June 24th, 2010 at 5:10 pm
        Alison says:
        That comment made me laugh! Thanks!!!
    11. June 24th, 2010 at 6:27 pm
      Jessa says:
      Seriously cute kiddo pictures! And, great job mom, my kids would love this!
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    12. June 24th, 2010 at 7:21 pm
      Andrea Leland says:
      fun idea!!!
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    13. June 25th, 2010 at 7:46 am
      April Harris says:
      That is a fantastic idea. Love the photographs - looks like everyone really enjoyed the treat!
    14. June 25th, 2010 at 9:21 am
      Marsha says:
      Now that is a cute idea! I'm going to have to try that very very soon.
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    15. June 25th, 2010 at 10:04 am
      Carolyn Jung says:
      I remember enjoying this as a kid. I don't think I've had it since. Thanks for reviving the memories of this great summer treat. I think I might have to pick up some Jello from the store now.
    16. June 25th, 2010 at 4:45 pm
      KentuckyCooking says:
      Hi there! I'm your newest (email) follower :) I'm over from the I'm Lovin' It Fridays party :) What a great blog! Looking forward to taking some time and looking through everything - there's lots to see here.

      Please feel free to stop by my blog and say hello :) Thanks!!
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    17. June 26th, 2010 at 9:23 am
      papawow says:
      What a great idea! I can't wait until my little one can eat solid foods , he's only 2 months. He has no clue how much fun we're going to have in the kitchen... Thanks for sharing, that's great.
    18. June 26th, 2010 at 9:04 pm
      Maren says:
      Mmm. . .I think I'm going to try a honeydew melon! Can your boys teach Ty to watch cartoons??
    19. June 27th, 2010 at 10:34 pm
      Makinzee says:
      mmmm:) jello and melon
    20. June 28th, 2010 at 8:16 am
      Naomi says:
      OMG! What great idea. I love it!
      .-= Naomi´s last blog ..Oreo Cookies and Cream No-Bake Cheesecake =-.
    21. June 28th, 2010 at 3:33 pm
      Diane says:
      Looks yummy! For dessert, my grandmother would always give us a slice of cantaloup with vanilla ice cream in the indention...oh, that was so good!
    22. June 30th, 2010 at 5:07 pm
      Kelley says:
      Yumo~ soooo going to try that one! Thanks for the idea.
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    23. July 7th, 2010 at 2:53 pm
      gern says:
      yeah, that is a neat idea, but I'm not sure I'd want to ruin the fresh flavor of melon with jello. :)
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