Jell-O molds have been around for a long time. They were once considered old-fashioned. The ingredient combinations for a Jell-O mold are endless, as are the mold shapes. Everyone knows it is easy to make, but Jell-O scooped out of a bowl is not as attractive on the table as a fancy molded shape. By following just a few tips, your Jell-mold will come out perfectly.
Dissolve completely one package of Jell-O (eight-serving size or 6-oz.) into 2 cups boiling water. If you are using a large mold, you may want to double the recipe.
Stir in 1½ cups cold water, ginger ale or lemon-lime soda.
Put the Jell-O mixture into the refrigerator for about an hour and a half, or until it is thickened a bit. Stir in sliced fruit, if desired.
Spray the inside of the mold with cooking oil spray. Pour in the thickened Jell-O mixture. Refrigerate for at least four hours.
Place the mold into a warm water bath for 15 minutes, to slightly melt the outer part of the Jell-O. Use your fingers to gently pull the top of the Jell-O away from the mold sides. Place a plate over the top of the mold, and invert it so that the mold is upside down. Jiggle gently. The Jell-O should come loose from the mold and remain on the plate.
For a layered-look to your Jell-O mold, make the first layer and refrigerate until set. Then add another layer of an alternate flavor.