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Jell-O Say Can You See
By the Frigidaire light
What so wiggly they dance
As they move toward my belly
Okay, so my word smithing isn’t what it used to be. That doesn’t mean I can’t make a mean Jell-O treat!
And you can thank your lucky stars (pun!) that I’ve got the perfect fix for your 4th of July sweet tooth.
That’s right, Red White & Blue July Fourth Jell-O Bites!
Red White & Blue July Fourth Jell-O Bites
These little guys are super cute and festive, but even better? They look fancy as a firework, but they’re incredibly simple to make!
Begin with your ingredients:
1 box blue Jell-O (I use Berry Blue)
1 box red Jell-O (I use Cherry)
1 can/14 oz. unsweetened condensed milk
6 cups cold water
3 cups boiling water
And now the easy part!
First, line your pan with plastic wrap to make removal easier at the end.
Then, make your blue layer.
Boil 1 cup of water and mix it with your Jell-O contents.
Once all of the powder is dissolved, add 1 packet of Knox unflavored gelatin.
Stir until completely dissolved. (See No. 1 below).
Add 2 cups cold water to the mixture and stir until completely dissolved.
Pour into pan and refrigerate for an hour.
Once the first layer is set, begin making the white layer.
Combine one 14 oz. can of unsweetened condensed milk with 1 cup boiling water, and stir until smooth.
Mix the Knox gelatin with 1 cup boiling water until dissolved.
Pour cold mixture into hot mixture and stir until combined.
Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes.
Pour white mixture onto solid blue mixture in refrigerated pan.
Refrigerate for an hour.
For your red layer, follow the same instructions you used for the blue layer, but use red Jell-O mix instead.
After your Jell-O has refrigerated for an hour or two (check it with your finger to see if it bounces back at your touch), remove it from the fridge.
Slice the tray longways and shortways, and then use a spatula to remove the pieces.
And voila! You’ve got super fun (and easy) Red White and Blue 4th of July Jell-O Bites!
They also make super cute holiday gift for that 4th of July host or hostess. Just pack ’em in a mason jar and tie a patriotic ribbon around it. #Amurica
I’ve seen this treat made over the years, and I’ve learned the following important tips to help make your Jell-O bites come out perfect and sturdy:
- Make sure the Knox gelatin is completely dissolved before adding the cold water. If you add the cold water too soon, the gelatin powder will clump and you’ll end up with rock hard pieces in your smooth and wiggly Jell-O. Ain’t nobody got time for crunchy Jell-O!
- Add the Knox gelatin to every layer. I made this once and forgot to add it to the blue (bottom) layer, and when I lifted the squares out of the pan, the runny blue layer just melted away and I was left with a treat more appropriate for Valentine’s Day than the 4th of July.
- Put your pan in the fridge before you pour your liquid Jell-O into it. I don’t have to say much more to give you a visual of what it looked like with my hubby and I doing a tightrope circus routine trying to carrying a shallow pan full of scalding hot liquid gelatin Red Dye #40 across the kitchen. Red Jell-O and white rugs should never meet. Pour each layer straight into the pan as it sits on your fridge shelf. You’ll thank me, and so will your floors.
- Let each mixture cool a bit before you pour it onto the next layer of the pan. If you pour boiling hot liquid Jell-O onto a set layer of Jell-O, it has the potential to melt the layer underneath, resulting in disrupted lines in the final product.
- You can use plastic wrap on the pan or not. I tried it because I love the Ruby Technique (Great British Baking Show reference!) of pulling your dessert straight out of the pan and working from there, but it’s totally not necessary. I’d probably line the pan with some oil, though, just to keep your Jell-O from sticking.
And that’s all she wrote! America!