Grape Gelatin

Photo by Nicole Presley

At the stroke of midnight, my family has always followed the 12 grapes tradition. Gobbling down 12 grapes and reminding all the young ones in the tribe that the grapes will bring you great luck in the New Year.

As an adult, I have become accustomed to celebrating the New Year with a glass of champagne and a nice meal but I still remember to eat my 12 grapes and will continue  this custom for the rest of my life.

So now, I have taken customs from my childhood and combined them with my adult traditions to create this gorgeous gelatina for the New Year Celebration!

Happy New Year! May 2014 bring you luck, joy, and health.

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Non-stick cooking spray
9-12 cup jello mold or bundt pan
3¼ cups Champagne
¼ cup strawberry soda
6  oz of lemon lime soda
½ cup sugar
12 jumbo seedless grapes
2 cups strawberry soda
1 cup sugar
4 packs Knox gelatin
2 cups whipping cream


  1. Spray jello mold or bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set to the side.
  2. In a saucepan over a medium flame add champagne, ¼ cup strawberry soda, lemon lime soda, and ½ cup sugar. Mix until sugar dissolves. Then add in 4 packets of Knox and mix until Knox completely dissolves and becomes part of the champagne mixture.
  3. Pour champagne mixture into jello mold/ bundt pan and place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes. Then, remove from refrigerator and place 12 grapes in jello throughout the mold. Place back in the refrigerator and let set for 3 hours.
  4. Then in a saucepan over a medium flame, add in 2 cups strawberry soda, and a cup of sugar. Mix until sugar is completely dissolved. Then add in 4 packets of Knox and mix until completely dissolved. Lastly pour in whipping cream and mix to incorporate.
  5. Pour strawberry cream mixture over the grape champagne jello and let refrigerate overnight.
  6. Flip over onto a platter and serve.