Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Red, White & Blue Jello Cups

The 4th of July is almost here! I'm looking forward to the grilling, the fun in the sun, and just a day to kick back with family and friends. And oh yes, the fireworks!

When it comes to 4th of July entertaining, the red, white, and blue are a must. I especially think it's a plus when the festive touch is the edible sort. Inspired by the idea of a patriotic jello (is there such a thing?) these red, white & blue jello cups would be a proud dessert to bring to any 4th of July party or to serve at your own.

I wanted to make this the perfect party dessert--minimal effort for maximum impact. The recipe is so easy (most of the work will be done by your refrigerator) and can be made ahead of time. Also, making jello in single serving cups means no portioning, scooping, or serving is needed, nor is cleaning up!

To me, there's something quintessentially American about jello; this humble dessert is no-fuss, easy to make, and always fun.

(Makes 8 cups)

1 - Package of Jello-O Strawberry mix
1 - Package of Jell-O Berry Blue mix
1/2 - Package of Knox unflavored gelatine (2 of 4 envelopes)
1/2 - 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
8 - 9oz clear plastic tumbler cups
Hot water
Cold water
Whipped cream or Cool Whip
A handful of strawberries, diced


1. Prepare the strawberry jello mix according to package instructions: dissolve with 1 cup of hot water then add 1 cup of cold water.

2. Place the plastic tumbler cups on a tray or large dish. Pour and divide the strawberry mixture amongst the cups, filling about 1/2" of the bottom of each cup.

3. Put the tray in the fridge to set the red bottom layer of jello, for about 45-60 minutes. During this time, prepare the mixture for the next layer, the white middle layer.

4. Sprinkle the unflavored gelatine powder over 1 cup of cold water and let stand 1 minute (use 2 envelopes from the Knox package). Add 1 cups of hot water and half the can of sweetened condensed milk, stir until everything is dissolved and the mixture is smooth, a few minutes. Let mixture cool to room temperature.

Tip: To be safe, I let each jello layer chill for 1 hour so I know they're really set. This also allows enough time for the next batch of mixture to cool down to room temperature. This will help prevent any melting, puncturing, or bleeding between the layers as you add each new layer of mixture.

4. Once the red bottom layer of jello is set, remove from the fridge. Add the white jello mixture to each cup, creating another 1/2" thick layer.

Tip: I preferred using a ladle instead of pouring directly. I didn't want to risk putting a hole in the previous jello layer and found this to be a gentler approach.

 5. Put the tray in the fridge again to set the new layer of jello, for another 45-60 minutes. Prepare the mixture for the final, blue top layer: dissolve the blue jello mix with 1 cup of hot water and then add 1 cup of cold water. Let mixture cool to room temperature.

6. Once the white middle layer of jello is set, remove from the fridge. Add the blue jello mixture to each cup, creating the final 1/2" thick layer. Return the cups to the fridge, this time allowing them to really firm up for at least 2 hours.

7. Right before serving, top off each cup with whipped cream or Cool Whip and sprinkle with chopped up strawberries. And remember the spoons! :)

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