I just had an interesting realization. I am older than Jello Poke Cake. Sigh. I remember when my mom first started making it… I was in high school. That means I am a lot older than Jello Poke Cake!
Looking back, what I remember most about this cake is that everyone thought it was so good! Except me. I hated it. I have made one Jello Poke Cake in my life, and it was because someone else requested it. I had one bite – just enough to confirm that I still hate it.
However, in the midst of all that loathing, there was something I loved about it. Something that made it worth it to suffer through at least one piece.
The cake that my mom made had a special ingredient. Something you can’t find any more. Sigh. It was wonderful. The greatest thing to ever happen to a jello cake. It was light, and airy, and rich, and creamy, and dreamy and wonderful. It was Whip ‘n Chill.
Since I was a teenager at the time, I was naturally avoiding spending any unnecessary time with my mother, and I certainly wasn’t going to allow myself to learn anything from her. Therefore, I have no idea how this marvelous concoction was made. I assume it was similar to mixing a package of Dream Whip, but I don’t know if it was pourable or required spreading, or if she let the cake chill before topping it with this memorable layer of lusciousness.
What I do know is there was this nasty jello cake, topped with this amazing strawberry layer, which was then topped with Dream Whip. And the only way I could get that yummy strawberry goodness was to eat. that. cake.
This required strategy, because if I ate the top part first, I would never eat. that. cake. And, if I threw it out, I would get caught and I would never get any Whip ‘n Chill.
The only way to get through it was to lay the slice of cake on its side and start at the bottom, and get a large glass of milk to wash it down. I. really. hate. Jello. cake. Sigh.
But… once I got to the top, it was so worth it! Never before, and never since, has there been a product like Whip ‘n Chill. If you have never had it, there is no way to explain it to you. There are forums on the internet dedicated to people who are still mourning over the void left in their lives by the loss of Whip ‘n Chill. Seriously. You can look it up. People are begging to buy boxes of this stuff that are leftover from the 70’s. It’s that good.
So, obviously, when I started my Low Carb lifestyle, Jello Poke Cake was not on my list of recipes to re-create. Whip ‘n Chill was gone, so I never even gave it another thought.
Until I found this. As I was making it, I was just thankful to have found a quick, affordable low-carb dessert. I’m sure you already know the punch line, but at the time, I had no idea what a treat I was in for!
When I tasted it, I think I cried. It was like a mouth-full of magic, and I was instantly transported back to the 70’s. Sitting by the pool after a swim on a hot summer day, eating the top of the Jello cake… Mmmm…. So, back to the future, where Homemade Whip ‘n Chill became part of my low-carb diet menu!
This is really personal for me. I consider this recipe to be my reward for never throwing it out, and always suffering through that cold, horrible, plastic jello cake to get to the top. (No offense, Mom. I know I’m the only person on the planet who doesn’t like Jello Cake.)
Whip ‘n Chill apparently came in several flavors – vanilla, chocolate, lemon, and strawberry. Fortunately, the first flavor I made from the recipe below was strawberry, otherwise I might not have made that immediate connection. However, I have branched out to other flavors, which I also thoroughly enjoy.
Strawberry Jello = Whip ‘n Chill – exactly like I remember!
Orange Jello = a Dreamsicle flavor
Peach Jello = a light Peaches and Cream (slightly artificial, but yummy)
Lemon Jello = Pure Refreshment
Raspberry = the boldest of them all!
I hope you all enjoy this. If you never had Whip ‘n Chill in the 70’s, it may not be as spectacular to you. Maybe it’s the trip down Memory Lane that makes it so great – after all, it’s a pretty plain and simple dessert. But, please, pass this recipe along to any fellow Whip ‘n Chill mourners. They will love you forever! And, if you decide to use it as a topping for your Jello Poke Cake, please let me know how it works out. I’m curious, but not enough to make it myself!
- 1 pkg (4-serving size) sugar-free jello
- 1 c. boiling water
- 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 c. heavy cream
- Dissolve jello in boiling water.
- Pour into blender with cream cheese and cream. Blend well.
- Pour jello mixture into a mold or individual bowls.
- Chill several hours or overnight.
- Unmold (if necessary) and serve with desired garnishes.