The Regrettable Edible

jello maragarita

You know what the relationship is between inspiration and perspiration? Inspiration allows you to think outside the box, which sometimes leads to magical creations. Perspiration is what happens when life bends you over the Counter of Good Intentions and pile drives your inspiration into deep regret. Case in point; I got a call from a special ‘friend’ who is a single mom with two great kids who are Cub Scouts. My friend has a demanding, full-time job and was hosting her sons’ Cub Scout meeting after work, and she asked me if I could help her out by preparing some lime Jell-o desserts for the troop before she got home. I knew that I would be compensated for this in a way that I can’t describe, so I quickly agreed and went over to her place to make the treats.

While I was looking for some pots I found her liquor stash and unopened bottles of tequila and margarita mix. Suddenly – inspiration!

What if I substituted half the Jell-o water with tequila and margarita mix? If this worked that would be a cool little treat for my friend and myself once the Cub Scout meeting was over and it was time for my compensation. I prepared the Jell-o and added my margarita substitute; then I put the sauce pan into the fridge to chill. Once it set up I’d cut a bunch of small square margarita shots for me and my favorite Den Mother to enjoy later that evening. I still had plenty of time to run out and get some more Jell-o to make for the Scouts before the meeting so I jumped into my ride and took the freeway shortcut to the store.

Uh…did I mention that I live in L.A.? Yeah, well…on the way back I was a quarter-mile from the exit when something happened to the tractor-trailer up ahead and before I knew it the rig was lying on its side across the freeway! The driver got out okay but all four lanes on my side came to a grinding halt. I was gridlocked with no way out when I made a shocking discovery; in my haste to rush out and get the additional Jell-o I had left my cell phone in the kitchen! Up to this point I wasn’t worried that I hadn’t memorized her number because I knew it was in my phone. Perspiration!

To make matters worse this was a relatively new ‘friend’ of mine (we had only been seeing each other for about four weeks), and I realized that I wasn’t quite sure of her last name (hey, she’s Czechoslovakian!) and that even if I had a phone I wouldn’t know how to contact her. Two hours and forty five grueling minutes later I finally got to her place and….

Well….Y’know, sugar sometimes has wild, unexplainable affects on eight-year-old boys which was the explanation that I almost sold to my friend about the pan of Jell-o that she had served to the scouts until she discovered the open tequila bottle. After that she sort of lost all ability to reason and I decided that I’d better follow my iPhone into the street before she started throwing anything else,


Enjoy the recipe. Just know this won’t win you any merit badges.

Katt’s Regrettable Edible

One 3 oz. package of lime favored gelatin
One cup of water
One half cup of bottled margarita mix
One half cup of tequila
One large lime

Two margarita glasses

If you’re entertaining another adult over the age of twenty one, cut a lime in half and squeeze one side onto a small plate. Grab another small plate and spread out a good amount of sugar. Dip the rim of the margarita glasses into the lime and then into the sugar. Cut two slices from the remaining lime half and cut a notch in them so that they can hang on the rim. Bring a cup of water up to a boil in a small sauce pan and then add the gelatin mix and stir for one minute. Remove the pan from the heat and add the margarita mix and tequila. Stir well and then pour into the two prepared margarita glasses. Chill for at least three hours and, – unless you’re someone like me who may never be able to look at Jell-o the same way again – enjoy!

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