• Kim

You had me at Jell-o

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

You know something is good when you make it once and then it gets requested all the time. Now granted the person requesting it is my Dad, but you know what? I will take what I can get!! My parents always been the biggest fans of my baking and anything I ever want to try.

My mom was the one who encouraged me to try to make new things. From a young age I was making cakes and desserts beyond what you would believe an 11 year old to make. My Dad has always been the taste tester, and my mom the presentation critic. That is how I always worked through my big baking projects.

This summer I tested out a new dessert. Stained glass jello. It is one of those desserts that is perfect for those hot days. It is sweet, light, fruity, does not make the kitchen a thousand degrees. The only downfall is similar to most desserts, in that, it does take a little longer to make it this way. Below is the recipe I use:


1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 box strawberry jello (6oz)

1 box berry blue jello (6ox)

3 packets gelatin

Four ingredients that's all you need!! Simple right? Okay so step one 2 cups of boiling water and 1 box of jello. Mix together and place in a 13 x 9 pan. Chill for 2 hours at least.

My suggestion is to spray the 13 x 9 lightly with an oil spray. This will allow you to get the jello out more easily after it has solidified.

If you have two 13 x 9 pans, then you can repeat the process with the other box of jello. If not, then wait it out until the first is done and you can repeat the process.

Before you start cutting, I suggest for you to start this next process as it takes about 30 minutes. Take 1/2 a cup of cold water in small bowl and add the 3 packets of gelatin. It needs to rest for about 5 minutes to activate the gelatin. During this 5 minutes, boil 2 cups of hot water. In a larger bowl, combine the boiling water and gelatin making sure the gelatin dissolves completely and then add the can of sweetened condensed milk. Stir and then let it cool down till it reaches room temp. This takes about 25 minutes. I still stir it frequently to help it cool. You can also stick it in the fridge half way through to help get the temperature down.

While your milk mixture cools its time to cut the colored jello into squares.

I personally prefer to pull the jello out of the 13 x 9 in quarters and then slice into 1/2"-3/4" pieces. You could cut the squares in the pan as well and then use a spatula to get them out.

Once both colors are cut, you are going to alternate adding them back into a 13 x 9 pan. Again, I personally spray the pan with vegetable oil to help get the jello out of the pan later.

Once the milk mixture has cooled down, you can pour it over your jello squares. If the milk mixture is not cooled enough it will make the colored jello bleed into the white. So make sure it has cooled sufficiently. Place in the fridge again to set, at least 3 hours.

Now for the fun part, eating it. You can cut and serve directly out of the pan or you can use a cookie cutter to do shapes as I did for 4th of July. The center is just the bits that were left from cutting the shapes but tasted just as good. Enjoy!!!

Additional notes:

  • If cutting shapes I suggest putting a plastic wrap in the pan first and then lightly spraying the wrap. This will allow for easier removal from the pan.

  • This recipe will make a thick jello, if you prefer thinner again with cutting shapes, you can spread your squares into two 13 x 9 pans and split the milk mixture into two pans.

  • If you are just doing squares you can do just 2 packets of gelatin and only 1-1/2 cups of boiling water. I prefer the 3 as it makes it slightly firmer to hold it all together.

You can find the recipe it self on my recipe page. Happy Eating!!

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