Sparkling Orange Jello {Homemade}

from melskitchencafe.com

*Serves 6-8

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (1/8 cup)

1/4 cup cold water

1 1/2 cups plus 1/2 cup orange juice

1/3 cup sugar

2 cups ginger ale

15 ounces drained mandarin oranges

8-10 fresh strawberries, sliced

1 cup fresh raspberries

Place the cold water in a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and let it soften for five minutes then heat it gently on low heat, stirring slowly, until the gelatin dissolves. Add the 1/2 cup orange juice and the sugar. Warm gently until the sugar dissolves, stirring. Do not overheat.

In a large bowl, place the remaining 1 1/2 cups orange juice with the ginger ale and whisk in the gelatin mixture.

Pour the mixture into a 3-quart baking dish (about a 9X13-inch size). Gently stir in the fruit. Refrigerate the mixture until set, about 4-6 hours. Cut into squares and serve as a side dish or simple dessert.