Desserts, Holidays

Patriotic Stained Glass Jello

June 29, 2012
I hope you didn’t like I was going to leave you without any 4th of July desserts.  I’m here just in time with an easy, quick, and semi-homemade patriotic treat.  What makes this dessert semi-homemade is that I used store-bought Jello boxes.   Normally I would never buy ready-made products like this, but for this recipe it definitely works best.
To create the Stained Glass effect, all you do is “make” 2 different flavors of Jello – 1 red and 1 blue.  Cut the Jello into small cubes and then add a mixture of sweetened condensed milk and gelatin.  This creates your white color.  After you let it set and chill in the refrigerator, you have a beautiful red, white, and blue worthy of any 4th of July celebration!
I’ll be back Monday with an even easier 4th of July snack :).

Patriotic Stained Glass Jello
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Makes: 1 9×13 pan, about 18 2-inch squares
6 ounces (1 large box) Strawberry or Cherry Jello (or any Red Jello)
6 ounces (1 large box) Berry Jello (or any Blue Jello)
2 tablespoons (2 envelopes) Unflavored Gelatin
14 ounces (1 can) Sweetened Condensed Milk
5 ½ cups Boiling Water, plus ½ cup Cold Water
Place each 6-ounce Jello box in an 8-inch square cake pan.  Pour 2 cups of boiling water in each pan.  Stir until the Jello dissolves.  Place both pans in the refrigerator to chill for at least 3 hours.
Once chilled, cut the Jello into small cubes.  (I find that it’s easiest to cut the cubes right in the pans.)   Place both the red and blue Jello cubes in a 9×13 baking dish.  Set aside.
In a medium bowl, dissolve the gelatin into ½ cup of water.  Allow the gelatin to develop and harden, about 3-5 minutes.  Add the remaining 1½ cups of boiling water to the gelatin and stir until the gelatin dissolves into the water.  Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir to combine.  Leave the mixture on the counter to cool completely.
Once cooled, add the milk mixture to the cubed Jello.  Gently stir to incorporate the milk into the Jello.  Place the pan in the refrigerator to chill for another 3 hours, or overnight. 
Once completely chilled, cut the Jello into 2-inch cubes.  Serve immediately.   If not serving the Jello right away, keep it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Recipe from Brown Eyed Baker

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  • Sallysbakingaddiction June 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Krissy, i always see this jello in magazines and all over the internet but am too intimidated to make it because it looks SO hard.  I never knew it was so easy!  Yours are beautiful and would be the most festive dessert at any 4th party, for sure. 

  • Paula Kelly-Bourque June 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Nothing is better than a red, white and blue themed dessert for the 4th of July except when it is pretty and as refreshing as this Jello. Looks beautiful.

  • Lynda Bay July 4, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I love it! Love with the yogurt I just prepared today this night!

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  • Krissy's Creations July 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Why do we not add the 2 cups of cold water to set the jello? Just making sure I’m not missing a step. Thank you.

    • Jen June 14, 2016 at 10:17 am

      So that it sets more solid. Jello prepared the way the directions state on the box would not hold up to the added sweetened condensed milk.

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