Growing up, we ate a lot of jello. For some reason, I think of Bill Cosby when I hear the word, 'Jello'; that and the words, 'chocolate cake' always tug at the corners of my mouth accompanied by an image of Bill's contagious smile. My parents had six kids and I suppose jello was a good filler food. My Dad has always been fond of it. I have a few jello recipes I use now and then. This is one of my favorites.
1 small package of coconut cream pudding mix (the cooked kind).
1 small package of tapioca (the cooked kind as well in the same size box as the jello).
1 small package of apricot flavored jello
Boil the above with 3 C. water for a couple of minutes. Cool. Add one package of Dream Whip made according to directions on the package. Fold in a strained can of mandarin oranges and one sliced banana.