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Ken Page's Aunt Margaret's Jello

About the Recipe

When I was a child, my family would often gather for holiday dinners. There were Fourth of July backyard celebrations with delicious bar-b-que, beautiful Thanksgiving dinners with all the trimmings, and of course Christmas time. At one such gathering, I remember there being four generations present. What a blessing and a wonderful memory to revisit. Most of these gatherings were held at my Aunt Margaret and Uncle Henry’s home. Yes, I had an Aunt M and Uncle Henry. For these special occasions, my aunt would always make one of her famous cakes for dessert. It was sometimes Chocolate or Lemon, but my favorite was her Coconut Cake. While this cake was unbelievably delicious, it was its accompaniment that made my little mouth water. It was a simple combination of Jell-O with a fruit cocktail. I know that this is a standard Americana dessert, but I will attempt to define what made hers so particularly outstanding to me.

Perhaps you might want to try your hand at making a Coconut Cake. I will note that Costco has a great Coconut Cake that rivals my Aunt Margaret’s. Surround yourself with people that you love (the most important ingredient) and have yourself a merry little Christmas.


  • 4 boxes of Jello

  • 3 cans of Delmonte Fruit Cocktail

  • One can of Delmonte Pineapple Chunks

  • Fruit of your choice (I love bananas)


  1. Use whatever is your favorite JELL-O. My aunt always used Strawberry or Cherry. I recommend four boxes. You’ll want more later.



  4. Make sure you chill the cans before adding to the Jell-O.

  5. As you follow the directions for making your Jell-O, leave room to add the liquid from the cans to make up the accurate amount that the boxes require.

  6. If there is some fruit that you enjoy more than others, add that to the mix. My aunt always added Bananas.

  7. Follow the directions on the box for refrigeration.

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