Wiggly, Jiggly Crystal Ball

Wiggly, Jiggly Crystal Ball

Let your guests gaze into this Jell-O crystal ball (packed with cosmic fruit) before helping themselves to a plateful.


4 3-ounce packages yellow Jell-O
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
6 cups boiling water
Melon, cantaloupe, watermelon and blueberries


In a large, deep bowl, mix the Jell-O and the unflavored gelatin. Pour the boiling water over the mixture and stir until completely dissolved. Refrigerate for 1 1/2 hours, or until partially set.

Meanwhile, use cookie cutters to carve the melons into stars and moons (sets of the cutters or aspic cutters are available in kitchen supply stores for about $16 and are worth the investment). Press all the fruit into the partially set gelatin, then refrigerate for 4 more hours, or until set.

Place the bowl in a pan of hot water to loosen the Jell-O from the sides, then invert onto a wizard-like platter. Serves 16 to 18.