Peachy Keen Tutti Frutti Jello Salad #SundaySupper

I really love this week's #SundaySupper theme!  Today we are celebrating all things retro in the kitchen.

If you ask my kiddies what period in time they consider to be retro, they'll say it's the 1980's and 90's.  But they're kids, what do they know?!  When I think of the word "retro", I think of the 50's, 60's, and 70's.  The good ol' days.  There was a time, before I got married and had 4 kiddies, that I dreamed of being a 1950's style housewife.   They were so glamorous on TV, with their beautiful dresses, perfectly coiffed hair, and pearl necklaces.  No matter what they were doing, whether it was cooking or cleaning, they always looked impeccable and made everything look easy.

But the closest I get to even remotely resembling that 1950's housewife is when I listen to Michael Bublé while I'm cleaning house.  I feel like I should be all dressed up in heels and pearls, with my broom in one hand, and a martini in the other.  

Anyway....when I sat down to think about what I should make for this week's #SundaySupper theme, only one food came to mind....Jello!  Jiggly, wobbly jello.  After having lived in Mexico for 12 years, I know a thing or two about jello.  Did you know that in Mexico it's customary to serve cake & jello at birthday parties instead of cake & ice cream?

This Peachy Keen Tutti-Frutti Jello Salad is the first jello my suegra (mother-in-law) taught me how to make.

What foods do you consider to be retro?

Peachy Keen Tutti-Frutti Jello Salad


  • 2 (6 oz.)  boxes peach flavored Jello 
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 large can fruit cocktail
  • 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

Bring the 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan; remove from heat. Dissolve the 2 boxes of peach flavored jello in the boiling water.  Set aside to let cool slightly.

Drain the can of fruit cocktail, reserving the syrup.  You will need 1 cup of the syrup.  If you don't have enough syrup, add enough water to the syrup to measure one cup.

In a large bowl, combine the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and the reserved syrup from the fruit cocktail.

Pour the milk mixture into the jello mixture and stir with a wire whisk until well combined.

Gently stir in the fruit cocktail.  Pour the jello into a 10-cup ring pan or plastic jello mold.  (To insure the jello won't stick to the pan, lightly coat it with vegetable spray.)  Refrigerate for about 3 hours or overnight, until the jello is firm.

Enjoy! :)

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  1. Oh wow! Jello? Instead of cake? Well hey, at least its got fruits in it! It looks sweet and tasty. What kid wouldn't love jello? For me, retro foods are those that have stood the test of time. Your grandmother made it. Your mom made it. And now you make it. Its the food that you remember to be the norm when you were a child, or perhaps the norm of an earlier generation.

  2. Victoria of Flavors of the SunJanuary 20, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Indeed this looks like something my Mom trotted out often in the 60s--this and variations on this theme. I'll bet it was great!

  3. Oh my gosh, this recipe is SO much fun! I love how jello is "big" in Mexico...I think it was a bit of a shock to mi esposo to find out it wasn't as big here. I'll have to make this for him...he's love it! :)

  4. I love kitty cocktail and I haven't had that since I was a kid! Love this recipe!

  5. How cool does this recipe look!?!?! Sounds like a very old school taste treat! :)

  6. So much was jellied back then. Love this recipe. So retro!

  7. Oh this reminds me of my ex' favourite dessert... good on you for braving it

  8. What a classic, great pick! Looks so fun!

  9. I think we all need to eat more jello! This looks creamy and delish!

  10. Paula @ Vintage KitchenJanuary 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    A jello cake with condensed milk, that´s so much better than the regular one! It looks like a flan almost.

  11. Very interesting, Leslie about jello instead of ice cream with cake. Thank you for sharing this peachy-keen jello recipe. KW aka The Ninja Baker (

  12. Leslie, jello molds and fruit cocktail are the epitome of retro, in my opinion! Way to go putting them together in a dessert that looks delicious and is fabulously old school.

  13. So pretty! This was the perfect retro recipe and you made it simply beautiful!

  14. You can make Jello for me any time! This looks fabulous!

  15. This cracks me up! Looks just like the ones my Oma made when I was a kid :)

  16. Ha, I am mildly afraid of this jello because I actually have terrible memories being made to eat it when we went to my great-grandma's house. But I have to confess it does look pretty, I might try it again, see if it is different as an adult. :)

  17. Nothing says retro as much as a jello ring, right. It's pretty!

  18. How interesting that jello is so popular in Mexico. This looks just beautiful :) very nice ~ Bea

  19. I've often wondered about those 50's housewives cleaning the house in perfect dresses and heals. I look absolutely not like that when I'm cleaning. I hope no one ever gets a photo of it either. And a martini in one hand....well that's just a great way to make me stop cleaning.
    Jello salad is so very retro. I admit I do like many of them. I haven't seen your recipe before. I might just have to use my Jello mold again to make it soon.

  20. One of best dessert recipes my nephews ever tasted. This is what my little devils wanted. I haven't made this recipe for such a long time I've forgotten my own recipe haha..But this recipe is awesome and I'm gonna follow this from now on.

  21. This looks like something my little cousin would love! He is such a jello lover.

  22. Peach jello? I don't know if I've ever found that! Sounds great!

  23. Wonderful combination of ingredients. And the simplicity of the dish is so appealing. My nephews will love this for sure. I'm going to surprise them tomorrow when they come back from school with this treat.