Dreamsicle Salad Recipe with Grape Jello
Dreamsicle Grape Jello Salad is a delightful dish that combines the fruity flavor of grape Jello with the creamy texture of cream cheese and Cool Whip. It's a classic recipe that's perfect for any occasion.
This salad can be made ahead of time and is perfect for potlucks or family gatherings. Serve this delightful salad in a clear bowl to show off the beautiful light purple color. Or for an elegant touch, consider making it in a jello mold.
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A search on the internet for Dreamsicle Salad produces lots of recipes for orange Jello salad. And dreamsicle or creamsicle are used interchangeably for the same type of orange-flavored jello salad.
I couldn't find anything grape-flavored connected with dreamsicle. So I guess this is the only grape recipe to be associated with that name. And maybe dreamsicle is not the correct term or name for this grape jello salad.
But I am calling it "Dreamsicle Salad" because that is the name you will find for this jello salad in Amish cookbooks.
I don't know where this recipe originated or who named it. And it doesn't matter if you call it "Dreamsicle Salad" or just simply "Grape Jello Salad". But this Amish recipe for Grape Dreamsicle Salad with cream cheese is delightfully refreshing with a silky mousse-like texture!
I grew up eating lots of different kinds of jello salad, and I LOVE all of them.
In our Amish circle, we always ate jello salads as side dishes with the first course. And even though most jello salads seem more like dessert than salad, they go well as a side dish too. And why not sneak a dessert into the first course and pretend it's a salad? 🙂 lol
This light and fluffy grape jello salad was always one of my favorites, but orange yum yum salad is among my top favorites as well.
I realized recently that I had not made this grape jello salad since I moved away from PA. And I didn't know that it would be so hard to find grape-flavored Jello.
Most Amish or Mennonite bulk food stores carry different flavors of gelatin in bulk. And if you have a local bulk food store, you may be able to find grape-flavored gelatin there. But I had to order mine online, and I am leaving the link here for your convenience.
Could I Replace the Cool Whip with Heavy Whipping Cream in this Jello Recipe?
Yes, you can use either Cool Whip or heavy whipping cream in this creamy jello salad. Both options will provide a creamy texture and complement the jello flavors nicely.
If you use heavy whipping cream, you'll need about 1 1/2 c. of cream. Add it to the beaten cream cheese and whip it until thickened. And then gently stir the jello mixture into the cream cheese mixture.
Note that the flavor and texture of the jello salad may differ slightly depending on which option you choose.
Cool Whip is a ready-to-use whipped topping that's sweetened and stabilized with ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated vegetable oil.
While heavy whipping cream is a natural dairy product that's unsweetened and can be whipped to various consistencies depending on how long it's beaten. And it won't hold up as well in warm temperatures.
So when using Cool Whip, the jello salad may be slightly sweeter. But it tastes great either way. However, do not overbeat Cool Whip, or it will become runny. So just mix it into the cream cheese to combine. Then add the grape jello and stir to mix.
Easy Jello Salad
In conclusion, Grape Jello Dreamsicle Salad is a classic side dish or dessert recipe that is both delicious and incredibly easy to make. With only a few ingredients and several minutes of your time, you'll have an amazing dish.
And its fruity grape flavor and creamy texture are sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.
So, next time you're looking for a sweet treat to share with your friends and family, give this recipe a try!
If you try this recipe for Amish Grape Dreamsicle Salad, I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
Grape Dreamsicle Jello Salad
- 2 (3 oz.) boxes grape Jello
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 2 c. boiling water
- 1 c. cold water
- 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese
- 1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
- Add Jello and sugar to a bowl and add the boiling water. Stir to dissolve.2 (3 oz.) boxes grape Jello, 1/2 c. sugar, 2 c. boiling water
- Add the cold water and refrigerate until syrupy.1 c. cold water
- In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the thawed Cool Whip and mix to combine.1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, 1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
- Slowly add the well-chilled Jello mixture and mix to combine.
- Pour it into a dish or mold and refrigerate until set. Serve as a side dish or light dessert.
- Keep refrigerated for up to four days.