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by on January 12th, 2012

Chocolate Martini Blox

Who didn’t grow up loving Jello and Jello Knox Blox?

Remember the song from the Jello commercial —

♫Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle. Cool and smoothy, Jello brand gelatin. Of all desserts you’ll love the one that tastes so light and makes such fun. Make Jello gelatin and make some fun. J-e-l-l-o!♫

It’s hard to imagine a life without Jello as a kid. My favorite was strawberry with bananas. My grandmother had a particular refrigerator tray that was a light blue aluminum pan, and that was what she made her strawberry jello in and then she added bananas to the chilling mixture. We couldn’t wait for it to set up so we could dig in. My mother came up with all kinds of desserts using Jello over the years; but it seems like you just don’t see it used in recipes as often now. I don’t even make the Jello salads anymore like I did back in the 70’s and 80’s. No one in my family ever ate them but me. I have an appetizer that has been a catering favorite for years — Garden Vegetable Terrine that has Lemon Jello in it and it’s delicious — kind of sweet, kind of hot and spicy recipe.

These days it seems like if we eat Jello we are sick or getting ready for some kind of medical test.

Well this particular gelatin recipe is made with Knox gelatin. End results I guess would be like Jello Knox Blox that we use to make for our kids. They really loved being able to pick up Jello and eat it with their hands; but these Jello Blox are for adults only. My sister tore this recipe from one of her magazine and put it in “to make” notebook so I copied it while visiting and thought why not try them out for my bunco group at my house last week. I’m sure this recipe was a Knox advertisement because it specified Knox unflavored gelatin.

♫”It wiggles, it jiggles, it’s fun for everyone”.♫

Chocolate milk sprinkled with the gelatin to dissolve.

Alcohol ready to be added.

The little micro plane grater works great on chocolate.

These were cut and stored in Tupperware until my guests arrived.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Sausage Breadis wonderful for breakfast or brunch. It freezes beautiful for an anytime snack whether it’s an after school treat or to rewarm for a weekend breakfast or something to grab on the way out the door to work.

Chocolate Martini Knox Blox

Ganache Layer:

1/2 c. chocolate milk
1 envelope Knox gelatin
1/2 c. Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur
Martini Layer:
1/2 c. milk, whole or 2%
2 envelopes Knox fgelatin
1/2 c. Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur
1/2 c. vanilla flavored vodka
1/4 c. Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
chocolate Shavings for garnish

Ganache layer: Pour the chocolate milk into a small saucepan and sprinkle with the gelatin. Allow the gelatin to soak for a minute or two. Heat mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is fully dissolved, about 5minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Stir in chocolate liqueur. Pour mixture into loaf pan and chill until fully set, one to two hours. Prepare Martini layer.

Martini layer, pour the milk into a medium saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin. Allow the gelatin to soak for a minute or two. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is fully dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Stir in the chocolate liqueur, vodka and Baileys.

Remove the chilled ganache layer from the refrigerator. Pour the martini mixture gently over the top. Return pan to the refrigerator and chill until fully set, one to two hours. To serve, cut into desired shapes. Garnish with chocolate shavings if desired.

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