Posted by: Erica Retrochef | May 27, 2009

Jell-O and Ice Cream Pie

Reading through a gelatin cookbook (something published by either Jell-O or Knox, usually) is an exercise in controlling nausea. These are the people that brought you such brilliant innovations as Frankfurters in Goo, or Pie Plate Salad — not known for good taste.

I was feeling rather over-berried today — strawberries have been on sale in supermarkets, the local health food store, and the farmers market, plus Daughter went on a field trip to a local strawberry patch and brought a load home. Since I had peach-flavored Jell-O on hand, I made a peach version of this instead.

  • dissolve 1 package (3 oz.) any flavor of Jell-O Gelatin in 1-3/4 cups of boiling water
  • stir in 1 pint of vanilla ice cream until melted
  • chill until very thick
  • fold in 1 cup of drained, sweetened, sliced, fresh strawberries or 1 package (10 oz.) drained, thawed Birds Eye Strawberry Halves
  • pour into 8″ crumb crust
  • chill until firm
  • garnish with more berries

Oddly, the recipe inventors (and/or marketing department) seems to have had little confidence in this recipe being able to stand on its own. It’s combined with an offer to send you a quarter if you send in 6 Jell-O boxes. Unfortunately, the 25 cent rebate offer expired in 1963. (Just missed it!)


Just like Pie Plate Salad, this is a “dump and mix” recipe. Simple to do.

Melt the ice cream in hot Jell-O

I actually deceived myself into thinking this was even easier that it is, and dumped the jellied ice cream into the pie crust without letting it chill first. This didn’t exactly cause problems with the filling solidifying, but it did mean that I wasn’t able to fit all the mixture into the pie crust. (The excess went into an extra bowl and allowed to set there; the kids liked getting a few dollops of that for a treat over the next few days.)

Ready to go in the fridge

This is a quick, easy, and tasty pie. I’ll certainly keep it in mind when I want to take something sweet and cold to a potluck or picnic. (The only disconcerting part is that the peach-flavored Jell-O is much more pink than orange, but it’s not distracting enough to ruin the dish — and you can always just use a different flavor of fruit.)

Piece of Peach Pie

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  1. Looks delish, I’d eat that!

  2. It really was very good. The pink color is a little odd, but oddly-hued food has never been a real problem for me. (My partial color-blindness may help with that.)

    Obviously, of course, you should use a homemade graham cracker crumb crust.

  3. hi! I found this while looking into doing my own retro attempt. great job! this post was a lot of fun!

  4. The pretty pink color of this dessert makes it great for a Sweet Sixteen

  5. My mother made this dessert for us every holiday and especially in the summer! Fresh berries are always the best but works with both. I am 55 years old and now make it for my grandkids and they love it! Try it and you won’t be disappointed. It’s so easy to make.

  6. Soon glad found this my mother use to make this she has passed so I can now make it lived it thanks

  7. My mom always made this with green jello and drained crushed canned pineapple. This was a huge family favourite.

  8. […] attractive. I would have preferred a more opaque pie filling or a clearer one. Perhaps, I will try making this pie again using a more opaque addition to the gelatin to see if that improves the appearance. Looks aside, though, this pie tasted amazing. I think I […]

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