Lime Jello fudge is the vintage treat that we didn’t know we needed, but now we do. It has a rich buttery fudge texture with a pop of lime flavor.
If you are looking for a fun way to make a fruity fudge, Jell-o just might be the answer. This lime Jello fudge brings all of those old-fashioned vibes in the best kind of way.
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You all know I love a good retro recipe. There is nothing better than finding a gem in grandma’s recipe box.
And I have found some great treats in old cookbooks. However, this old school recipe wasn’t found in either of those usual suspects.
Instead, it was found on TikTok of all places. My husband and I both enjoy watching B. Dylan Hollis.
He cooks up old school treats in a snappy and fun way. When I saw him make this fudge recipe, I just knew we had to try it.
His recipe was from a cookbook dated 1968. This recipe definitely has those sixties vibes.
As he notes, it is strange because it doesn’t have any chocolate in it. And what it does have is equally odd. It includes a box of lime Jell-o.
You all love my great-grandma’s lime Jello salad, so it seemed like this would be a natural evolution. We just had to give it a try.
Tips and Tricks
Be sure to use a bigger saucepan than you think is necessary. I used a 4 quart saucepan, and I wish I had used something larger.
As the mixture boils, it gets really foamy and grows. It also splatters some, so you need plenty of room to contain the green molten lava you are creating.
You also need to stir the mixture pretty frequently to keep anything from getting stuck to the bottom of the pan. So be careful because the hot sugar mixture obviously doesn’t mix well with exposed skin.
You will want to monitor the temperature of the mixture as it cooks. A candy thermometer is a great way to do that, but an instant read thermometer like the one you use to check the temperature of your meat works as well.
Lining the pan is not 100% necessary. However, it is nice to be able to lift the fudge out of the pan in order to cut nice pieces.
Aluminum foil or parchment paper works well for that. I tried wax paper this time to see how it would work, but I have better luck with the other two.
What does it taste like?
Dylan says it tastes like summer camp. I can’t say he is wrong.
It has a nice creamy texture with a nice lime flavor that isn’t overpowering. While unexpected, it is actually pretty good.
Of course, you can play with different flavors of Jell-o. I think we are going to try orange next.
We may stir in a bit of vanilla with the orange to make it creamsicle flavored. Doesn’t that sound good?
More Recipes to Try
If you like fruity fudge, try layered chocolate orange fudge. It only takes a few ingredients to make and is perfect for people who like those chocolate oranges.
Or make a 3 ingredient jello pie for a fun dessert option. It is creamy and fun in a super retro but refreshing way.
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Lime Jello Fudge
- 3½ cups granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 3 ounces lime Jell-o powder
- 1½ cups milk
- ½ cup butter
- Place sugar, baking soda, Jello and milk in a large saucepan. Use one larger than 4 quarts if you have it.3½ cups granulated sugar, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, 3 ounces lime Jell-o powder, 1½ cups milk
- Cook the Jello mixture over medium heat until it reaches 234℉. Stir frequently to keep it from sticking to the bottom and scorching. Be very careful as the mixture is hot and will get foamy.
- Once the mixture reaches 234℉, remove it from the heat. Pour into a bowl and add the butter. Beat until the mixture thickens a bit.
- Pour into a greased and lined 8-inch square pan. Chill until firm, at least a couple of hours.
- Cut into squares. Store your fudge in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or freeze for longer storage.