Dec 14, 2008

Raspberry Balls

Here is a flashback from the 70's
Every Holiday season my Grandmother would make these wonderful raspberry balls.
It took me years and years to figure out the recipe, but I got it!!

It's incredibly simple and uses only 4 ingredients!
Jello Gelatin, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, almond extract.

And... You don't have to make them Raspberry.
You can use any flavor Gelatin.
The balls in the picture are cranberry balls. Yummm!
How about a big platter of Raspberry Balls (red) and Lime Balls (green) for Christmas?
Perfect for the Holidays!

Raspberry Balls

1 large package flaked coconut.
1 large box jello gelatin. (any flavor, but I like raspberry best)
1 can sweetened condensed milk.
1/4 teaspoon almond extract, (can use raspberry instead)

1 small box Jello gelatin (for coating finished balls.)

  1. Mix first 4 ingredients.
  2. Roll into small balls.
  3. roll to coat in the small package of jello.
  4. refrigerate in an air-tight container.
  5. Enjoy!
Tip... wet hands for rolling to help control the sticking.
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Tatersmama said...

Wooo Hooo ! I have everything on hand for a change, so guess who's makin' what today? LOL!

I've never had them before, But I'm takin' your word on 'em... and that's good enough for me!

Anonymous said...

you did'nt cook anything like that while here at man town.

dykewife said... said "balls"

i can't believe how juvenile i can be :)

Dana (the Homesteading Housewife) said...

dykewife... Sadly, you were NOT the first person to say this to me today! lol **sigh** life with men... ;)

Tatersmama said...

I just had to come back and tell ya that I found a package of blueberry jelly in the cupboard while I was searchin' for the raspberry (they call Jello "jelly crystals" here)... But I was a bit worried about making blue balls.
Not very festive eh? But handy to have the next time my guy's in trouble I guess.

Suzy said...

We used to make something like this, but shaped like strawberries with a sliver of almond in place of a stem. Sweet but awesome! Glad you figured out the recipe.

- said...

At least I haven't been to the grocery yet! Can't wait to try them.

- said...

I couldn't resist twittering on over here to check it out! I'm headed to the grocery this morning so I've added to my list.

And Suzy, I remember those strawberries too!

Anonymous said...

This one funky recipe! I'll have to get some Jello and try it.

Shellyann said...

I am going to have to try these! They sound very good! I will give them a try and let you know if they pass the family taste test! Having the red and green for the holidays is a great idea!

Kevin said...

Those look good! Nice colour!

Anonymous said...

My aunt Martha used to make these and put pecan pieces in them also. They are great!

Ingrid said...

Cool recipe and so simple! Yours came out perfectly rolled!

spygeek said...

I just came across this...very interesting! It reminds me of my mom's recipe for "irish potatoes" which uses coconut, condensed milk, and powdered sugar (instead of the jello), then are rolled in cinnamon. She used to make them every year for St. Patrick's Day.

HoneyB said...

I love this! I am bookmarking so I don't lose it! Thanks!

Neil said...

Well, i'm not sure...
...that I did it right.

Large pack of coconut - we get 250g 500g and 1Kg bags. 250 looked like plenty so i went with that. what did you use?
Actually, living here in Cairns, we have plenty of fresh coconuts, so It'd be interesting to know the quantity, so when I get a couple off my neighbour, i'd know how much to use??
Flaked - Grated, what's the difference (in my supermarket, it's price - double, so I used grated, not flaked...

Large box of Jello.. we only get 85g packs I used 1 pack in the mixture and 1/2 a pack for rolling. what did you use?

1 can of condensed milk - we get 395g tins - how about you?

I didn't have any Almond Extract couldn't find it in the shop. I guess over here we'd call that Essense??... and I didn't have anything, not even Vanilla - So in went 2 tablespoons of slivered almonds.

I've got a tray full in the fridge now, I'll try them on the kids in the morning. Thanks!

She'saPistol said...

Ooooh! Coconut + Pineapple jello= Pina Colada candy! That's gotta be the fastest recipe I've ever put together. THANK YOU!!!

Dana said...

what a FABULOUS Idea!!!

jmintuck said...

dykewife-LOL Balls-Juvenile!!

Wow, something no-cook for a change. I just have to go grab a few things and-BANG!- I can make this in short order!

Birkenstock Cowboy said...

Wonderful, thanks for posting this.
Very easy to make.
VERY hard to stop eating them.

I used blueberry Jello and stuffed them with pecan half's so I'm officially calling them Birkie's BluBalls.

kydeeio said...

doing coconut, pineapple jello inside rolling in blue jello for a halloween treat
Haunted BluBalls to pu next to my forked eyeballs! Should look goulishly tasty! Thanks for the idea!!!!

Anonymous said...

okay, im a little confused? are these simply jello balls? whats their texture when you eat them?

Anonymous said...

I cant believe i found the recipe my mom used to make these over 30yrs ago. she couldnt remember where she got it. or what they were called thank you so much im going to try them today and surprise my sibblings.

Anonymous said...

Tried them! Wayy to sweet for me and I love gummies, raspberries and jello....

Happy Munchkins said...

Is there any substitute for the coconut? Im allergic but they sound soo yummy!

Anonymous said...

Hi - sounds promising, but I'd like to come back to HoneyB's questions regarding the package size... any weights insteda of "large"? Would be fantastic!!! thx Joei

Lily said...

I've never heard of these before but they certainly do look like something that would come out of the 70s. I just might be curious enough to try. Thanks for the wild idea!

CMTorie said...

A large box of Jello is 6 oz. The texture of these is light, tender, and chewy. CAUTION...they are TOOTH-ACHE-INGLY Sweet!! But ohhh so make the on the smaller side :)

Erin said...

We (the women in my family) got together and made loads of Christmas candy recipes today, including Raspberry Balls and Apricot Balls. They are terribly sweet - I'm wondering if swapping out sweetened condensed milk for just condensed milk would help.

Kirsten said...

Oh my goodness my grandmother made these every year. That was the only recipe that I didn't get from her before she passed. Oh thank you...

Anonymous said...

I found the texture too soft so had to refrigerate for about an hour and than roll the balls and dipped them. They are verrryy sweet so, yes I agree, make them on the smaller side or cut in half once they are made. They do look very festive.

Anonymous said...

I made this tonight and did not like it, but my teenage son thought they were pretty good.

Tracy said...

I have been looking for this recipe for 10 years! I remember having them as a kid! I found it on Pinterest! I couldn't be happier! Thank you for posting! I can't wait to try them!

Anonymous said...

I had fun reading all the AND!! I am going to give these a whirl.. going to try and use condensed milk instead of the sweetened condensed milk. Wish me luck :)

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking of trying it using Vanilla Almond Milk, rather then the super sweet condensed milk.

Brittani Berry said...

I will have to try these! But are they more cake-like? or jello-like? And what could I use a a coconut substitute if allergic?

Nettie said...

How long do these keep? Planning on making them for a weekend party and wondering how far in advance I can make them. Also, how do you store them?

Dana Clover said...

Making them the day before, (or Friday) woul be perfect. Store in fridge? With wax paper between layers. Hope you like!

Crystal Gann said...

We used strawberry jello and added pecans...yum

Crystal Gann said...

We used strawberry jello and added pecans...yum

Crystal Gann said...

We used strawberry jello and added pecans...yum

Nickimouse21 said...

I was given a sample of these jello balls at a craft fair and fell in love so I tried making them last night, the consistency did not come out at all like the ones I had at the fair.They are wet and sticky and super sweet and heavy. I don't know what I did wrong :(


Jennifer Munoz said...

Can you freeze these or will they melt when thawing?

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Anonymous said...

You can substitute unflavored Knox gelatin for some of the flavored gelatin to reduce sweetness. I do so when I make Jell-O Jigglers. We need all the package measurements, please!! I want to make these.

Anonymous said...

My mom used to make these too! She called them easy marzipan and would try to shape them into fruit shapes, mostly strawberries so she must have used strawberry jello!

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Mardean Hindman said...

My Mom used to make something like these when I was younger I don't remember what went into it but I do remember she made them in the shapes of strawberries & it was strawberry Jello

Anonymous said...

omg!! you guys are crazy!! I love it! blueballs, lol! I bet they taste great though! hahaha

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Anonymous said...

I was skeptical but these turned out delicious. I'm going to make them in every color.

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