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Cherry Coke Jello

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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 | www.somethingswanky.com

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! www.somethingswanky.com*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 | www.somethingswanky.com

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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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

14 comments on “Cherry Coke Jello”

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

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

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

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

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

  7. What the what?! These are TOO FUN.

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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

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

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