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Molded Cherry Coke Salad


    1/2 Cup very cold water
    3 pkg. Knox® unflavored gelatin
    4 Cups flat diet cola
    1 pkg. unsweetened Black Cherry Kool Aid®
    3 pkts Splenda®, NutraSweet® or Sweet-N-Low®
    8 oz. cream cheese
    1/2 Cup fresh grated coconut
    1/2 Cup chopped celery
    1/2 Cup pecans

  Soften gelatin in cold water for about 2 minutes in a glass measuring cup. Set cup in the microwave and cook
 on high for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir well and check to see if you can see through it. If not, microwave for a few more
 seconds. Pour into a large bowl. Add flat cola, sweetener, and Kool-Aid®. Stir until there is no fizz at all.

  Place 1 cup of this liquid mixture into blender with cream cheese and whip until the cheese is completely blended.
 Pour cream cheese mixture back into the bowl with rest of mixture. Stir to blend. Place in the refrigerator and
 watch it for the beginning signs of gelling. Stir occasionally to keep cream cheese blended. When mixture begins
 to thicken, add pecans, coconut, and celery. It should be thick enough to suspend the chopped ingredients at this
 point. Now is the time to pour it in an elegant mold if you like. Return to refrigerator and allow to set firm. Serve
 with low-carb whipped cream and/or diced strawberries.

 Makes 8 servings.   4.2 net grams of carbohydrates per serving.