The problem with Jell-o Cups:
- The selection of non-sugar-free Jell-o is pretty sad. Orange and Strawberry: that's it. I don't like the idea of the sugar-free kind because it seems like just a bunch of chemicals, and since these are more of a treat for my kids, it's ok to have some sugar once in a while.
- A pack of six cups (like the picture above) is over FOUR DOLLARS. With twins, that means three servings. For FOUR DOLLARS. Have I mentioned they are FOUR DOLLARS yet?
Now you think I am a cheapskate. (which I am) Either way... I was walking down the aisles of the grocery store and noticed the huge variety of make-your-own Jell-o. There are a ZILLION flavors of regular, sugar-full, Jell-o. And they are under a dollar. ONE DOLLAR. So I threw a couple boxes into my cart- the girls were going to be thrilled.
Then I started thinking logistics: A large bowl of Jell-o taking up valuable fridge space? Meh. And scooping them into bowls? Seems like portion sizes could get a little out of hand.
Then a stroke of genius hit...
TINY MASON JARS!
I have twelve from... one or another recipe I got off Pinterest, probably a cobbler or cheesecake.
Anyway, I put the pieces together: Jell-o + little mason jars = CHEAP JELL-O CUPS.
It was all super-easy. I made 12 cups from two little boxes and spent $2. I WIN TODAY!
Easily pour the hot liquid into the tiny jars- I only spilled once!
I even found all the tops and rings to the set of twelve. Aren't you proud of me, internet? I did not lose twelve tiny accessories that I didn't think I would ever need again!
Can you tell I am kind of psyched by this? It's kind of a game changer. As in I don't have to wince when I buy these "special treats" to bribe the kids to eat their meals. And I get to unleash my inner-hippie as I am sending fewer plastic cups to a landfill.