Nothing says summer like a chilled pie. This strawberry jello pie is so easy you don't need a special occasion or a lot of time to make it. Cool, sweet, and jiggly, this pie is just plain fun.
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I grew up in Florida, so for me a heatwave isn't so bad. That blast of sticky, humid, nearly suffocating air when you exit an air conditioned building feels like a warm familiar hug. I'd much rather sip a cool glass of sweet tea garnished with a lemon while wearing shorts, than shiver over a mug of cocoa in two pairs of socks.
Summer in Florida gets intense. It lasts from roughly April to October, with little respite. Sure, you can spend long days floating in the pool or planted on a sandbar in the ocean waves, but there's really no better way to beat the heat than with a cool, sweet treat.
Growing up, my mom and both of my grandmothers always made chilled pies. Key lime, chocolate pudding, chocolate mouse, peanut butter, lemon meringue; whatever the flavor, the recipes are usually simple, and the pie was always served on depression glass and topped with whipped cream from a can.