Fruit cocktail gelatin

One of the ways we used to cool off during summer in the Philippines was by enjoying this refreshing fruit cocktail gelatin my mom used to make. It’s very simple, really. All you need is a can of fruit cocktail and either gelatin bars (agar-agar) or powder. I haven’t had this in years but when the temps here in the U.S. started heading north I thought, “Why not try my hand at making it?”




  • 1 large can of fruit cocktail, preferably in heavy syrup
  • 2 bars of agar-agar or 4 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp sugar, optional


Combine 2 cups of water and the contents of the can of fruit cocktail in a medium-size pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Dissolve the gelatin in the remaining cup of water. Add the gelatin to the fruit cocktail, mixing thoroughly. Remove from high heat and pour into a mold — I used the one for my bundt cakes — or a shallow baking dish. Refrigerate overnight, if possible.


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