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Cherry Coke Jello

Cherry Coke Jello |

ohmygoshyouguys. I have been SO excited to share this recipe with you guys for weeeeeeeeks!!!!!


I love cherry Coke. And cherry Diet Coke.

And Jell-O is pretty awesome too, right? Especially in the summertime.

Well, as it tuns out, you can substitute Coke or Cherry Coke (or Pepsi, if you swing that way) for the water in the standard Jell-O recipe, annnnnnnd….. VOILA!

Cherry Coke Jello |

I actually followed the recipe for Jell-O “jigglers” on the box instead of just the plain old Jell-O, because I thought these little cubes would look awesome for photos. But you could follow either set of instructions on the box using the Cola substitution, and it would turn out tasting great!

Now…. just think of the possibilities! Or don’t, and I can point them out for you:

Try subbing soda for the water in a Jell-O recipe... so many possibilities!*See Orange Swizzle

See? So much fun! And you can easily sub in diet soda and sugar free Jell-O for a low sugar, low cal treat! Just follow the instructions on the Jell-O box (but not the quick-set recipe calling for ice cubes), subbing the exact amount of soda for water, and you’ll be just fine.

I’ve made this a few times in different variations, and we LOVE it (speaking of which, check out these Sparkling Cider Jell-O shots, so festive)! This particular version is SO SIMPLE because it’s literally just subbing the soda for the water in the recipe. Nothing else! So be creative, and mix things up a bit. This recipe is a ton of fun!

(PS- the recipe I’m including in this post is for JIGGLERS. Feel free to use the other “normal” recipe on the box if you’d rather; it’s a tiny bit less work).

Cherry Coke Jello |

Cherry Coke Jello


  • 1 1/4 cup Cola
  • 3.4 ounce package (8-serving size) Cherry Jell-O gelatin


  1. Line an 8x8 baking dish with two layers foil.
  2. Pour the cola in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes, until boiling hot.
  3. Whisk in the gelatin until dissolved. Pour into the lined pan.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until firm.
  5. To serve: lift Jell-O out of pan by lifting the foil lining. Invert onto serving plate and peel away foil. Cut into shapes or cubes.

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14 Responses to “Cherry Coke Jello”

  1. Mir posted on June 5, 2014 at 9:35 pm (#)

    Nothing beats Cherry Coke in the summer! Reminds me of hot days at the beach. Can’t wait to try this!

  2. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on June 5, 2014 at 10:06 pm (#)

    I absolutely adore Jell-o jigglers made with pop!!! Here is the funny thing…I just made a version of these earlier this week too. Great minds definitely think alike!

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on June 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm (#)

    What a clever recipe! Now I have a major craving for cherry coke! Definitely trying this one out!

  4. How to Philosophize with Cake posted on June 5, 2014 at 10:22 pm (#)

    That does look amazing! I am excited to try it. :)

  5. Emma posted on June 6, 2014 at 7:06 am (#)

    How cool is this?! Awesome, thanks for sharing Ashton :)

  6. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on June 6, 2014 at 10:11 am (#)

    Oh, how I LOVE Cherry Coke! Such a fun flavor for Jello — beats the same ol’ orange, lime and cherry!

  7. Karly posted on June 6, 2014 at 11:36 am (#)

    What the what?! These are TOO FUN.

  8. Darr posted on June 6, 2014 at 12:34 pm (#)

    I have been making this for years and you will also find that it’s very good when you add some ice cream..
    I usually do the ice cream mixed in when i am having company and it’s my salad served on a big lettuce leaf. I usually do it with something heavy such as lasagna or chicken divan. I am in my 80’s and been collecting recipes for many years and now have over 100,000 of them from friends , relatives and neighbors dating back to the depression. . Two chefs in the family, my mom being one of them growing up on a farm with 9 kids. Try it with the ice cream mixed in, you won’t be disappointed.

  9. Arthur in the Garden! posted on June 8, 2014 at 11:00 am (#)

    Love it!

  10. stephanie posted on June 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm (#)

    Wow, I’d love to test cream soda. Thanks for all the ideas!

  11. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} posted on June 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm (#)

    Oh yes, another Coke treat I can eat. Funny I should find this now as I’ve got a coke campaign I need to do and I was wondering what coke treat I could make. It’s like a match made in heaven.

    However, I’m pretty sure we don’t have cherry jelly (jello) here. I guess I’ll have to use unflavoured gelatine and use LorAnne’s cherry flavouring with it and the Coke. Thanks for the inspiration, Ashton.

  12. Jay @ Life of Creed posted on June 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm (#)

    This is too awesome! I love jello, I am making this today! Thanks for the ideas.

  13. Danielle posted on June 14, 2014 at 5:47 pm (#)

    This sounds delicious! I want to try the orange swizzle! I’d love for you to link this up to my Feature Friday Link Party:>

    Danielle @ Blissful & Domestic

  14. Colleen posted on June 23, 2014 at 6:57 am (#)

    Just made these! They are cooling in the fridge. I boiled the coke on the stove top as no microwave.