I often love to bake desserts that are decadent but once in a while I like something lighter with fruit flavor. This stained glass jello fits the bill for that — plus it has the pretties of presentations.
It’s easy to just pull a box of jello out of the cabinet and whip it up and let it set but this version, with it’s different colors and layers, is perfect for a special occasion. I like to use the green and the red to make a Christmas jello for the holiday season, but you can adjust for any event you’re making it for.
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One of the best things about this dish is that it’s so versatile. I can as easily make it for birthday parties as I can the Fourth of July or Christmas.
The next time you’re looking for a gelatin dessert that’s simple but will also wow a crowd, check out this broken glass jello recipe.
Common Questions about Broken Glass Jello
What fruit will set in jello?
Berries, mangoes, and grapes are among your best bets for fruity add-ins that will set in jello. Avoid any fruits that are too acidic.
How long does it take gelatin to set?
It takes about 2-4 hours for gelatin to set so if you’re planning to make it for a gathering it’s best to do it the day before to give it plenty of time.
Always keep jello chilled and stored in an airtight container. If you want to assemble later, store the different gelatins in individual containers.
Refrigerator: Keep this jello in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days.
Freezing: Freezing is not recommended for this recipe.
Tips For The Best Broken Glass Jello
- Make sure to allow jello to fully set in the refrigerator.
- As with any recipe, be sure that all of the ingredients are at just the right temperature.
- Use a sharp knife when cutting to ensure smooth, evenly cut slices.
- Lime jello/gelatin
- Cherry jello/gelatin
- Water (boiling)
- Unflavored gelatin
- Hot water
- Sweetened condensed milk
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
How to Make Broken Glass Jello
- Combine the lime gelatin with the boiling water and stir until all of the gelatin has dissolved.
- Pour the lime mixture into one of the prepared pans.
- Repeat with the cherry gelatin.
- Allow the gelatin to set.
- While waiting for the prepared gelatin to set, combine the unflavored gelatin and hot water until the gelatin is entirely dissolved.
- Then, add sweetened condensed milk and stir to incorporate all ingredients.
- While that mixture is setting, slice the red and green gelatins into small blocks.
- Place the gelatin cubes in the pan prepared with cooking spray. Be sure to place them evenly.
- When the mixture of the condensed milk and gelatin has cooled, pour it evenly over the red and green cubes of gelatin.
- Next, refrigerate to allow it to set.
- Once the entire pan has set, slice the gelatin into evenly sized-bars.
- Serve cooled or at room temperature.
What to Serve With Broken Glass Jello
- Whipped cream – Jello is always better with whipped cream! Buy it or make your own.
- Fruit – Serve a fruit salad alongside the jello. It’s one of the most popular ways to serve gelatin dishes.
- Side – Jello can serve as a side dish at a large gathering or at a potluck.
Why You Should Make This Recipe
- No-bake – There’s no baking involved in this straightforward recipe that channels all of the festive colors of the holiday season.
- Easy – Just mix up hot water and varieties of gelatin, slice a few pieces, and you’re finished! The refrigerator does most of the work.
- Unique – This holiday-style twist using easy ingredients is a unique crowd-pleaser.
Variations and Add-ins
- Fruit – Add canned or fresh fruit to the jello. Acidic fruits should be avoided.
- Fruit juice – Substitute fruit juice for some of the water for an extra fruity flair.
- Liquor – Make these an adult dessert with the addition of some alcohol.
- Flavors – There are so many flavors of jello! You can change it up with different flavors and colors for any season or event.
- Sugar-free jello – Make a low carb version by choosing a sugar free version.
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Broken Glass Jello
- 6 ounces lime gelatin – 2 boxes – 3 oz each
- 6 ounces cherry gelatin – 2 boxes – 3 oz each
- 4 cups water – boiling
- ½ ounce unflavored gelatin – 2 envelopes – .25 oz each
- 2 cups hot water
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk – 1 can – 14 oz
- Set out 2 – 13×9 pans or dishes (you can also use 4 – square pans). Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the 2 boxes of lime gelatin with 2 cups of boiling water.
- Stir until the gelatin is completed dissolved.
- Pour that mixture into the prepared pan.
- Repeat with the 2 boxes of the cherry gelatin and pour into the other pan.
- Place the pans into the refrigerator to set for about 1-2 hours.
- Lightly spray another 13×9 glass dish with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the unflavored gelatin and 2 cups of hot water until completely dissolved.
- Stir in the sweetened condensed milk.
- Let set until mostly cooled down, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, remove the red and green gelatin from the refrigerator and cut it into small cubes, about 1-inch square pieces.
- Evenly place the gelatin cubes in the prepared 13×9 pan.
- When the milk and gelatin mixture is cooled, carefully pour it over the red and green cubes in the pan.
- Place the pan in the refrigerator to set for at least 4 hours.
- Once set, cut it into bars and serve.
- Store the leftovers in the refrigerator.
- Any flavor of gelatin can be used.
- You can use square pans instead of the 13×9 for the flavored gelatin. Use 1 box of gelatin and 1 cup boiling water for the smaller square pan.
- The recipe can also be made into a bundt pan.
- 3 9×13 baking dishes
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