A lot of you might remember my Craft Fail project involving Coke Salad. If you’re not, you can find the post here. Me, being a glutton for punishment, decided that I wanted to try the Coke Salad recipe again. I don’t know WHY I decided this. I don’t know if getting older is making me senile or if I just enjoy being frustrated for your amusement or what, but what resulted is this post, which I hope you guys enjoy. To refresh your memory, here are the ingredients for Coke Salad.
- brick of cream cheese
- 1 can of black cherries
- 2 3 ounce boxes of cherry gelatin
- 16 ounces of Coca Cola
- Pecans (which I omitted)
- 1 can of crushed pineapple
I know, I know.. given the ingredients, why should I even bother? I mean, it sounds so dang bizarre. Maybe that’s why I am drawn to it like a forgetful, crafty moth to a strangely gelatinous flame? I just am so determined to get this recipe to work. It’s like a nagging little desire. Perhaps I need some sort of meds to calm down whatever illness it is that causes me to go back to this again. The original instructions as written in the family cookbook are in black below. My notes are in red.
- Drain Cherries and Pineapple. Save the juice (I used fresh cherries this time, so I pitted the cherries, heated them in a pan for about 12 minutes until they released their juices)
- Heat the juice in a saucepan on the stove (until boiling )
- Pour hot juice on gelatin to dissolve. Stir
- Cool in fridge until it starts to thicken just a little. Add coke, halve cherries
- chop cream cheese and add with the pineapple (and cherries ) to thickened gelatin
- Pour into a 4 cup Jello mold or bowl. Put in fridge to set up
I put the Jello mold into the fridge and hoped against hope that the gelatinous refrigerator transformation would make this thing seem appetizing or at least not like a fruit salad vomited. When I went to check on it in the morning, I was THRILLED to see that at least it set up and gelled this time. I turned the mold over to invert onto a plate and the Jello slid out beautifully. Okay, so maybe this wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
It looked so gross. I cut into it and it was even grosser. The texture was just.. nasty. Too much “chunk”. I mean, I like cherries and crushed pineapple separately, but adding coke and shoving it all together does something to it to make it… mutate into some foul, wobbly creature. I did eat a piece and it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever had, but it definitely wasn’t worth the effort. I chalk this one up as a win for Coke Salad and a fail for Heather. Will I try it again? I would love to say no, but part of me wants to remake the recipe so it’s at least appetizing and mostly edible.
Until next time, happy crafting and uh.. stay away from Coke Salad. It’s deadly