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Cranberry Holiday Mold

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When cranberry sauce just isn't special enough for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Holiday Mold is what you need. Boasting a refreshing citrusy and berry flavor, this one fits all your holiday entertaining from autumn through winter.

What You'll Need

  • 2 (4-serving size) packages strawberry-flavored gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 (14-ounce) can whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups (one 12-ounce can) cold ginger ale (see Note)
  • 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin orange segments, drained

What to Do

  1. In a large bowl, combine the gelatin and boiling water; stir until the gelatin is dissolved.
  2. Add the cranberry sauce to the gelatin; mix well. Stir in the ginger ale, then pour into a gelatin mold or 10-inch Bundt pan. Place the orange segments over the top and chill for at least 8 hours, or until firm.
  3. When ready to serve, immerse the bottom of the mold in warm water for a few seconds, then invert onto a flat serving plate larger than the mold, and release the mold.


  • Diet ginger ale will work just as well as regular, while reducing the sugar content of this treat.
  • We like to garnish the mold with additional orange segments for a special holiday-fancy touch.

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does this mean 1 large pkg of jello or 2 small pkg of jello?

2 small packages. Enjoy!

hey I would like your holiday cranberry salad dish recipe if you would like to share it thanks Bessie

I have a Holiday Cranberry Salad dish I make that is along the same lines, but has other items in it, as well as the orange slices & whole cranberry sauce. Have made it for over 20 yrs. Want the recipe?

About the Cranberry Holiday Mold: If the orange slices are put on top of the mold before refrigerating 8 hours, how are they on top after reverting the pan? This isn't a mistake in directions, is it? Thanks.

If you read the NOTE will explain it to you. The orange slices are used as a garnish in the photo and they will be at the base of the mold, as well. Enjoy!


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