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When I saw these treats I thought they were perfectly spooky for a child to be able to eat in front of the other children they wanted to impress,  How brave!  

Creepy Crawly JIGGLERS 634439 | BigOven

Recipe  from JELL-ORecipes


SPRAY wells of plastic ice cube trays or mini muffin pans with cooking spray, set aside. Add boiling water to combined gelatin mixes in medium bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Pour into prepared ice cube trays or mini muffin pan cups.

Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.

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PLACE one blackberry “head” and one gelatin “body” on each skewer. Decorate with licorice and candy.


For children under 6 years of age, cut JIGGLERS into smal bit-size pieces. Children should always be seated and supervised while eating. For more information, visit


Substitute licorice gum drops for blackberries.



1 1/3 cups boiling water
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Grape Flavor Gelatin
3 Tbsp. JELL-O Lime Flavor Gelatin
16 wooden skewers or coffee stirrers
16 blackberries
128 pieces string licorice (1 1/2 inch long each)
8 red miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces; halved

Love chocolate? Love cheesecake? Consider chocolate cheesecake is the closest one can get to the platonic ideal of scrumptious? You’re not alone! I think there are many like you and me out there: “chocolate cheesecake lovers of the world, unite!” In honor of chocolate cheesecake and all of its lovers, I have put together the following list of the important uses of chocolate cheesecake in everyday life.

1) Fun Days and Difficult Days

Chocolate cheesecake is undeniably the perfect conclusion for both good days and bad days. What better way to end a holiday get-together than with chocolate cheesecake? Whether celebrating with family or friends, whether the evening has gone without a hitch or full of holes, whether the main course was mouth-watering or stale, providing cheesecake at the end of the holiday meal assures you that all your guests will go home talking about what a fantastic and talented host you are!

2) Three Meals a Day

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Anyone who was disciplined enough to let that last slice of chocolate cheesecake stay until morning knows just how splendid cheesecake is for breakfast. Cold cheesecake with milk is a perfect way to start off your day. Chocolate cheesecake is also an invaluable addition to any lunch menu. And little, I believe, needs to be said about the compliments cheesecake makes to even the least appetizing dinners! If you still haven’t had enough, try having some chocolate cheesecake for dessert, or even your midnight snack.

3) Monday, Wednesday Friday, and Any Other Day of the Week

Is it just me, or is that temptation for some chocolate cheesecake always around during the start of the week? And who can resist dipping in for some chocolate cheesecake at the end of a long, hard work week? But why only indulge yourself on Mondays and Fridays when you have other days that you can treat yourself to more chocolate cheesecake?

Well chocolate cheesecake lovers, if this doesn’t make you feel a little better about your admirable obsession for an admirable dessert, then consider this: you can get your cheesecake sugar-free (yes, even chocolate cheesecake)! Just look online for sugar free cheesecake stores and have your daily dose of cheesecake without any of that pesky guilt!

In this article we’re doing to discuss one of the most dangerous allergies, especially to children who really enjoy their peanut butter and jelly and the arguments for giving or not giving peanut butter to young children in potentially high risk allergic groups. Let's face it, if you're a kid, or even a kid at heart, you love peanut butter and jelly.  Who doesn’t?  Unfortunately, peanut butter doesn’t love everybody as many are allergic to it and this is one allergy that can be downright deadly.  Recently a girl died just because she had kissed somebody who had eaten peanut butter. That is a very scary thought.

One of the biggest controversies these days is when to actually allow your child to start having peanut butter.  Years ago the only warning was not to give your child big chunks of peanut butter but to spread it thin.  This could be started at any age.  But today, with the alarming number of kids turning out to be allergic to peanut butter, it is recommended that a child not be given peanut butter until 2 or 3 years of age.  Even though allergies to peanut butter are not the most common, they are the most deadly and because of this it is believed extra care is needed.  Also, these allergies are the least likely to be outgrown. 

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This is where the controversy heats up.  Some experts say that children who are not considered to be in a high risk group do not have to do these things.  Others say that because food allergies, especially peanuts, are so deadly that it just doesn't make sense not to err on the side of caution.  They say that even children not in a high risk group can still have allergies to peanuts and therefore the only way to avoid a reaction is to never allow them to eat peanut butter.  Some say that’s extreme, others say that one reaction can be the last one.

Ultimately, it comes down to the parent.  You have to weigh the risks of giving your child peanut butter against the benefits.  Yes, peanuts are high in protein and peanut butter and jelly is a very convenient and easy lunch to make, especially for bringing to school.But if your child is severely allergic it only takes one bite of one sandwich.

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We’ve all had this happen to us. Good friends come by unexpectedly. Of course, you’re happy to see them and are really glad they came, but, being the “good hostess”, you wonder what kind of food to serve them while they’re visiting. You mentally click through the available choices. You haven’t been to the super market in days and the kitchen cupboards are nearly bare. Cheese? How embarrassing to slice the white moldy material away. Chips? Oops…the bag was left open and they are stale. Fruit? Not unless the guests enjoy the brown-spotted overripe bananas. On impulse, I quickly scan the freezer contents. YES…I can’t believe my luck…Cheesecake!

Cheesecake is such a delicious treat, I like to keep a few around for just these sorts of occasions. It is so versatile, it freezes well, is easy to serve, and can be used for just about any occasion. Whether it is a sweet snack, a handy dessert, or a covered-dish item for pot-luck dinners, cheesecake is an unforgettable rich and creamy choice. I’ve even been known to give cheesecake to others as gifts.

Cheesecake can be stored for several days in the refrigerator or frozen for months. It tastes as fresh as the day you purchase it. It thaws in just a few minutes, is easy to slice into serving portions and simple to serve. Its creamy texture makes it easy to swallow, as well.

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Cheesecake boasts a flavorful originality all its own, with the perfect combination of tartness and sweetness. There are a number of varieties of cheesecake from which to choose, making each a exquisitively different dessert. Of these different varieties, fruit-topped cheesecake offers a healthy and colorful option. Consider juicy, red strawberries, firm blueberries, or sweet peaches ladled generously over a slice of New York cheesecake and feel your mouth delight in the complimentary flavors. For that extra-tart, exotic pleaser, try Key Lime cheesecake. Turtle cheesecake has that decadently rich taste that is truly scrumptious.

The cheesecake in my freezer just happened to be New York Style. This turned out to be the perfect choice for these particular friends, who are non-pretentious and very down-to-earth. I quickly placed the container on the counter to start thawing, started a pot of coffee and by the time it was finished brewing, the cheesecake was ready to slice and serve. What a delightful visit we had, conversing between mouthfuls of this deliciously refreshing treat.

Cheesecake is a handy and impressive treat to keep on hand for those surprise visitors who you know are going to be arriving sometime. A well stocked freezer with those emergency supplies turns what could have been a stressful time into a celebration. Sometimes I think my friends come whenever they get hungry for this sweet treat!