Gelatin salads remind me of my grandmother. I think she made a different one for every holiday. I loved ones with fruit and without cottage cheese. Cottage cheese in any gelatin salad was always a dissappointment to me and was not something I would usually eat…despite liking both Jello and cottage cheese seperately.
I was particularly enamored with foamy/creamy gelatin. . . if it was creamy for the right reasons. A parfait of clear Jello layered with whipped Jello was a wonderfully remarkable dessert to me. It was also one that was never found at my grandmother’s house. Although, the Jello product “3-2-1 Jell-O” mean that there was a similar dessert in my parent’s/my house in the 1980’s until it was discontinued.
I think it was my fond memories of these favorites from my past that lead me to change up a recipe for pear Jello salad into a layered desert with pears.
I made it with cherry and lime jello for Christmas but it can be made with whatever flavors you would like to “pear” together (I couldn’t resist). You can also make it with just one flavor of gelatin.