Kids and adults alike will love celebrating this Fourth of July with festive red, white and blue layered Jell-O, cut into bite-size star shapes!
For Liam’s daycare snack-share this week, in honor of the Fourth of July, I made these adorable layered Jell-O snacks. I got the idea after attending a Dr. Seuss-themed birthday party of one of his daycare classmates. That was the first time Liam ever tasted Jell-O, and he loved it.
These look difficult, but they’re not hard to make. They are time-consuming, however, since you need to wait for the mixture to cool before pouring, and then set before adding the next layer, so plan to make these a day ahead of when you plan to serve them.
For Liam’s daycare class, I just cut the layered Jell-O into squares. But I thought it would be fun to make another pan and cut it into shapes using a star-shaped cookie cutter.
If you don’t want to use sweetened condensed milk, you can substitute an equal amount of yogurt or sour cream for the white layer.
Feel free to experiment with different colors for other occasions, or using different cookie cutter shapes!
Red, White and Blue Jell-O Stars
- 1 oz box red-colored Jell-O 6-, strawberry or cherry flavor
- 1 oz box blue-colored Jell-O 6-, berry blue flavor
- 1 box unflavored gelatin such as Knox, 4 envelopes
- 1 oz can sweetened condensed milk 14-
- 5 1/2 cups boiling water
- 1/2 cup cold water
Spray a straight-sided 9x13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, mix the 6 ounces of blue gelatin with one envelope of unflavored gelatin. Pour in two cups of boiling water. Stir until the gelatin dissolves. Cool to room temperature.
Pour the blue gelatin into the baking pan and place in the refrigerator to set for at least 30 minutes.
Immediately start preparing the white layer: sprinkle two envelopes of unflavored gelatin over the 1/2 cup cold water and let stand for a few minutes. Pour the condensed milk into a medium bowl. Add one cup of boiling water and stir until smooth.
Pour 1/2 cup boiling water into the unflavored gelatin and stir to melt. Pour into the condensed milk mixture. Let cool to room temperature.
Retrieve the blue gelatin from the refrigerator, and very slowly and very carefully pour the milk mixture over the blue gelatin. Place back in the refrigerator to set for at least 30 minutes.
Immediately begin preparing the red layer: mix the six ounces of red gelatin with one envelope of unflavored gelatin. Add two cups of boiling water and stir until the gelatin dissolves. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
Retrieve the pan from the refrigerator, and very slowly, very carefully pour the red gelatin over the white layer. Place the pan back in the refrigerator to set for at least 30 minutes.
Retrieve the pan from the refrigerator. Use a knife to cut the layered sheet into squares, or use a cookie cutter to cut shapes. Use a miniature offset spatula to remove the cut shapes from the pan.
Store in the refrigerator.
Recipe by Parade Magazine