A Twisted Family Tradition ~ The Lime Jello Brain

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Originally brief now long note: I was adopted and searched for my biological family 20 years ago and I'm equally tight with both fams, although I only have my adoptive sister left of my adoptive family. My bio family is referred to as "The Fam", kind of like a cult but much more amusing and a *little* offbeat , in the best way! We, my biological mother, sister and brother (full siblings) are all brainy science types (cept me) and get obssessed with various odd things usually a mix of something scientific and goofy. Brains were an obsession for awhile (continue to be for me) and this lovely dessert caught on then and has been THE holiday dessert for a decade now. Recipe for flavor and wiggly jiggliness perfected although disasters have happened occasionally.


Other sorts of "family" fun have included making a parasite diarama as a b-day gift for my sister when she was in vet school or celebrating a little known Japanese holiday (little known by Japanese too! ~ "oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi" on Feb. 2, when one throws 108 adzuki beans out the door and yells the above each time. "Demons out , Angels in!" For mother's day her darling daughers mailed her a "Malaise Basket" filled with carefully bagged and labeled wierd stuff from our, uh, cluttered cars, backpacks and purse, like unraveled tapes, ibuprofen slipped from its bottle, old candy, dead batteries, etc.... I could go on but the list is long! We're easily amused.


More importantly, back to the brain: BREAKING NEWS - Electric Eye just sent me a link to a place that sells whole brains, yeah, www.bjwinslow.com/gallery/hauntedhouseprops/2101312Sbrain...



Brain Gelatin Recipe


Two 6-ounce boxes of gelatin mix, LIME is strongly recommended and goes with the rest of the recipe. (you really don't want to eat a beige brain, promise)

1-3/4 cups boiling water

3/4 cup cold water

1 package of 8 oz package of firm cream cheese

I reg. can of 7 - up or a good fizzy lemon-lime soda

A hefty portion of chopped walnuts (like a cup or so, not too finely chopped)




1. Before each use, wash the mold with warm soapy water and a soft cloth or sponge.

2. Spray or smear the inside of the mold with a small amount of vegetable oil, then wipe out the excess but make sure the little creases are oiled. VERY IMPORTANT STEP. Spray is better, don't use olive oil!

3. Put the gelatin mix in a large bowl and add the boiling water. Stir about two minutes until the mix is dissolved.

4. Stir in the cold water.

5. Beat in the cream cheese. Adjust color to your liking if necessary w/ food coloring 6. Stir in nuts and seven-up.

6. Pour the mixture in the brain mold, stopping about 1/4 inch from the top.

7. Place the brain mold in a shallow bowl so it will sit level VERY IMPORTANT, and refrigerate until bouncy (about 3 or 4 hours). Warn everyone with a huge note on the fridge that there's a brain developing in the fridge so BE CAREFUL!

8. To remove the brain, Place the mold in a bowl of warm water for a minute or so. This is a delicate procedure. Then tap around the mold and shake it gently until the gelatin loosens. Place a flat plate upside down over the open side of the mold, then flip the mold and the plate together. Lift the mold off, leaving the brain on the plate.


This might take a couple of tries to get down but you'll get it. Our version is extremely tasty! The nuts and cheese kinda settle on the bottom giving it a little gourmet flair!


OMG, forgot something potentially important. You may add eyeballs, even battery operated glowing ones for decoration. I'll dig up one of those pics.


Good luck. Take pictures. We'll have a pool, of course. I'm printing out an 8x10 for my mom right now.


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  • Fawn 7y

    I think it's a HOOT! And would definitely try this recipe for Halloween! Now, I just have to get the mold! hehe
  • Marie Kharaz 7y

    Hello - where did you get this lime jello from?

    I need one! or two! please pm me. or anyone that actually knows can pm me. cheers.
  • Theresa Thompson 7y

    Eat at Mom's

    Love your green brain!
  • BJ Winslow Dapper Cadaver 7y

  • Patrick Busch 7y

    gehirne sind also doch grün
  • Kate Howe 7y

    wow, great shot!
  • Towe My 7y

    I love that one can create his or her own brain!
    And I laughed out loud when I read about the importance of warning people with a note on the fridge!
  • shimmertje PRO 7y

    Ew, LOL! Great story, and I didn't know you could include nuts and cheese in a jello recipe..
  • Johnny Love 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Hocus Pocus, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • rosebengal 7y

    Thanks for including your recipe. I'll have to dust off my jello brain mold and give this one a try. I usually use peach jello with a little blue food coloring (for gray matter) but the green is enticing and looks delicious in a respectably weird way.
  • Zillan 7y

    : O Sooo cool !
  • Annette Young PRO 7y

    Ohhh, this is creepy! I think I will make one tonight... have you ever tried using strawberry jello? I wonder if that would taste good...?
  • alejo calderón 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called n e u r o n a l . p h o t o g r a p h i e, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • O Bejeweled Land (Zendeh baad Azadi) PRO 6y

    Love the glossy look!
  • Jonathan Gouin 6y


    Now where can I find one of those molds?
  • Esther 5y

    I love it!

    I was writing about avocado (not lime, alas) fool and Jell-o molds, and I thought this was a great illustration. Used here: texmixcuisine.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/ways-with-avocado/

    Thanks for giving it a Creative Commons license.
  • Mitthoo 5y

    I will be using the image for my presentation on top 10 extraordinary people here

    # Top 10 Extraordinary People in the World
  • Lyme on my mind 4y

    hurleygurley, I have an odd request for the use of your photo. I am suffering from Chronic Lyme Disease that went undiagnosed for 12 years. It's been a long road of debilitating pain. Long story short, I live a long distance from family and friends and mainly keep in touch via Facebook. I am going to keep a private blog (friends/family) to let them know how I'm doing and how treatments are going. I knew nothing about Lyme when I was diagnosed. It can affect all systems within the body, including the neurological system, and most often does with chronic sufferers. The Lyme bacteria has affected my neurological system to a great extent....hence, the LYME BRAIN. So, that was long, sorry. So the pic is just for my private Facebook use. I may make the page public someday to try and educate people about this disease. May I use your awesome LIME/LYME BRAIN? Thank you!
  • sagitree 4y

    Going to try this for a party this weekend :)
  • ScaryLily 3y

    oh my....the brain boggles...;-)
    Where does one buy a "brain mould"?

    Love the "malaise basket"
    Note to self: clean out car, handbag, flat, and the rest of my life! :-)
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