When shit is just a little too real, it's OK to look for comfort in constructive and safe spaces. If we (the royal we) are being honest here I've been self-soothing with food.
My partner is the only Brit I know who doesn't like tea ("tastes like weeds"). Or coffee ("love the smell, though"). When we occasionally stop at a coffee shop, I order a split-shot Americano, black and he gets a small hot chocolate. A man loves what a man loves. But really, my partner has a not-so-secret love affair with Coca-Cola. He knows it slowly rots your insides. And teeth. And probably your brain. But I'm not one to begrudge the occasional treat.
I saw this recipe online a while back and decided it was just the recipe to try out in the new jello mold that I picked up last weekend.
Coca-Cola Jello (adapted from Magnolia Days)
6 oz box of Cherry Jell-O
1 cup boiling water
10 oz (a little less than a regular-sized can) of Coca-Cola
1 can (14.5 to 16 ounces) red tart pitted cherries in water
1 can (8 ounces) crushed or chunked pineapple
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
This is a super easy recipe. First, dissolve the entire box of Cherry Jell-O in the cup of boiling water and then slowly stir in the Coca-Cola. There's going to be a lot of fizzing and foaming going on, so make sure you do this in a big bowl. Put this in the fridge to firm up a bit - you want it thick like a gel but still stir-able. While that's in the fridge, put the pineapple (only if chunked, otherwise no need) and entire can of cherries + water in a food processor or blender. Give it a quick whizz to chop them up but not so much that they're a puree. You want to see the cherry bits! Once the jello mixture has firmed up, stir in the cherry & pineapple mixture plus the chopped pecans. Pour this into your mold and let it set (ideally overnight, but could be as few as four hours depending on your mold and fridge).
We served slices of this with vanilla ice cream but whipped cream or Cool-Whip would have been great too. We also didn't include the pecans because someone (*ahem*) didn't want to. But we (my taste-testers) all agreed that it could have been improved by something salty and crunchy. Lesson learned for next time. I can also fully endorse this jello for breakfast. Yes, even though there's soda in it.