This post is just-in-time for Halloween, but might still be a great addition to any of your fun zombie themed show parties or birthday celebrations as well.  Jello was definitely a favorite thing of mine growing up, but I’m fairly sure the impetus was because of the bright colors and abundance of sugar (the jiggling didn’t hurt, either).  This combination of blood orange juice and apple cider mixes just the right amount of tart and sweet, without any added, concentrated sugar.

We wanted to bring along something fun to the Paleo Parent’s Halloween party, as we had been warned they do not mess around.  The rumors were true, and you can read more about the fun we had with many like-minded foodies, authors, and bloggers.  This brain was a pretty big hit, and we sent home leftovers with a few friends.  We love brains, but even this is a treat we don’t want to overindulge!

We found the brain mold at our local Wal-Mart, along with my bacon costume.  Making jello-type treats has been something we’ve seen more and more, and using Great Lakes Gelatin definitely is the way to go.  Gelatin is very healthful, and Great Lakes is kosher and comes from beef, rather than a laboratory.  They make two different styles, one that gels, and one that doesn’t, so be sure to pick up the right one!

brain mold ready to go

4 1/2 C Blood Orange Juice
1 1/2 C Apple Cider
4 1/2 Tbsp Great Lakes Gelatin


simmering juice

In a pot, warm the blood orange/apple cider mixture over medium heat.

gelatin sprinkled into juice

Sprinkle gelatin over the liquid in 1/2 Tbsp increments while stirring continuously.

dissolved gelatin in juice

Continue to stir for 5 minutes over heat until fully dissolved.

pouring into mold

Pour liquid into the brain (or other) mold and place into the refrigerator to set.

cooling the brain

Allow to set in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours (your refrigerator may vary).

brains on a platter

The brains slip easily out of the mold, and are ready to go to your favorite spooky get together, or just to spice things up at home.  Let your imagination go wild with what you do with this fun, healthy treat.


  1. Thanks SO much for the idea and mold! My brain came out so well, perfect for a zombie event! We may finish it tonight watching The Walking Dead 🙂 I used mangosteen and pear juice and it even had this creepy cloud center and was delish!


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