22. HALLOWEEN BRAIN MOLD

“Pineapple Delight” Molded Gelatin Salad

We had quite a discussion about exactly how to make a “brain mold” - what should be the texture, color, etc.? Our listener Dick wrote, “I heard your discussion with a listener about the brain mold, and it made me think of a recipe I had made in the past - which was enclosed with a blender I purchased years ago.  While this recipe is sweet rather than savory, as the gentleman seemed to favor, the finished product has light orange, foamy, opaque texture.  The addition of a drop or two of blue coloring should yield a delightful gray-matter brain color.”   You can easily find molds of brains (as well as faces, hands, aliens and who-knows-what-all on line. Simply Google the words “brain mold” - and the molds are sold with Halloween decorations all over town.

MAKES 8 SERVINGS (fills a 1-Quart mold)

1 cup, boiling water
one, 3-ounce package, orange gelatin
two, 3-ounce packages, cream cheese
1 cup, miniature marshmallows
one 9-ounce can, crushed pineapple – NOT drained
1 heaping cup, crushed ice

Measure the water into a blender and add the contents of the package of gelatin.  Cover the blender jar and blend at a moderately low speed for 20 seconds.

 

Add the cream cheese and the marshmallows.  Cover and blend for 10 seconds more, or until mixture is smooth.  Add the crushed pineapple along with its juices and the crushed ice.  Cover and blend at a moderately fast speed until the ice is completely melted.

 

Pour the mixture into an 8-inch square pan (if serving as a salad) or pour into a 1-quart mold and chill until firm (about 2 hours).

VARIATIONS:

Our listener Becky suggests filling the mold with a green (lime) Jello salad made with cottage cheese and crushed pineapple. She says that the green is “ghostly” and perfect for the brain mold.

Another listener suggests scooping out part of the center of the mold and filling the depression with chopped ham – and maybe a drizzle of red food color or icing jell – gross!!