Oh. My. Gawd. What does one do when National Jell-O Week collides with Wiener Wednesday? Well, if I had known that this was National Jell-O Week, I would have a frankfurter mold for you right now. But instead I have this dish, the selection of which was a happy accident.
From the Joys of Jell-O (1981 edition), I bring you Banana Wobbler!
Well, I had all the ingredients in my kitchen. so WIN. But I didn’t have any small cans–and what size is that, anyway? Tomato paste? Pineapple juice? Regardless, I didn’t have any of those so I used what I did have on hand. And that was a Crystal Light tube. Since it was more than twice the size of one of those little cans I put in a whole banana with the Jell-O instead of just portions.
Oh, the issues with this dish! First of all, my gelatin chilled past the “thickened” stage. And second, as soon as I started to set up my Banana Wobbler–well, just look at the photos:
Now, that is, without a doubt, the most phallic dish I have ever made. And this is coming from a girl who observes Wiener Wednesday every week!
I mean, sweet Christ on a cracker! Could that look any more like a (insert your penis euphemisum of choice here) in formaldehyde?
But anyhoo, after a night in the refrigerator, this was the result:
There it is–a gelatin-ensconced banana. I am so surprised that it actually worked and came out of the canister in one piece. How was it? Not good. But that’s because cherry Jell-O tastes like Robitussin to me. I would have used Strawberry in this recipe, but they no longer carry Strawberry Jell-O at my Safeway. Now, tell me if I’m crazy, but isn’t Strawberry the default/go-to Jell-O flavor?
Whatever. If this was strawberry, I may have eaten some of it. As is, my wobbly banana went bye-bye! straight into the trash.
As an end note, it is soooooo apropos that during National Jell-O Week, the divine RuPaul would release the official video to her latest tune Peanut Butter. To quote the queen of all queens: Must be jelly ‘cuz jam don’t shake! (or in this case, Jell-O). Here is a video that really captures the spirit of the Banana Wobbler–with numerous nods to Wiener Wednesday:
Warning! This is BSFW. That’s Barely Safe For Work. Furthermore, do not watch the video if you have an issue with any of the following:
- ass shaking
- floor humping
- leg warmers
- droppin’ it like it’s hot
- and/or are allergic to peanuts.
Secondary warning: this song is a goddamned earworm. Listen at your own risk. It’s been stuck in my head for at least 12 hours. But I think it’s absolutely fabulous.