Jell-O popsicles

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A couple months ago Penolopy Bulnick froze some Jell-o in the Test Kitchen. It was strange... but also pretty awesome! I remembered the experiment last week and did some googling and it turns out that Jell-o popsicles are everywhere. I can't remember seeing an instructable about it, so I really wanted to share it - they're unlike any popsicles I've had before.

Jell-o popsicles are something I'm super sad that I never ate as a child - they're gummy AND frozen! The perfect combination. :D

They also drip slightly less, so they're good for small kids. And they're softer and easier to eat than normal popsicles, so I bet they'd be awesome for teething.

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Step 1: Ingredients:

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  • 3 oz package of Jell-o
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • sprinkles (optional but sooooo fancy)

You'll also want some popsicle molds. I used these Zoku fish pop molds - they're adorable and perfect for blue Jell-o. They have little fish butts as the sticks! And bones inside!! UGGGHHHHHH so cute. :D

I also poured the excess Jell-o mix into a large ice cube tray for extra popsicles and improvised some covers and sticks.

Step 2: Combine and pour

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Add the boiling water to the Jell-o and mix until entirely dissolved and then add the cold water and stir again.

Add sprinkles to your molds if desired and then pour the mix in. (I let my Jell-o mix sit for a few minutes before I poured it in. Not sure if it's necessary, but I was worried about the little sprinkles.)

Step 3: Freeze and enjoy!

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These popsicles took a little longer to set up than I was expecting - it might take up to six hours! I tried to remove them at three hours and then four hours, but they were just a little too soft still.

If you make them, share photos! :D

Laylabean13 days ago

this looks awesome! I want to try it. My little sis was wondering if it is like jello or a Popsicle when you bite into it. This looks like a fun summer project. Thanks for sharing!

jessyratfink (author)  Laylabean13 days ago

It's frozen like a popsicle but also sort of like gummy candy. It's pretty awesome!

doodledoos11 months ago
I just tried these today, same mild and all, but I must have been really lucky cause mine only took 3 hours in the freezer :/
jessyratfink (author)  doodledoos11 months ago

Lucky! I'm wondering if my problem might have involved folks constantly opening the freezer. :P

It also depends on the volume to surface area ratio of the molds you use. Ones shaped more like a ball or cylinder will take longer to freeze than the same amount done in a flat shape. Also, more volume = longer freeze time!

Coolloom2 months ago
Yummy lookin
SparkySolar9 months ago

I should have read it when my daughter was little

Like the sharks:)
mulesaremylife11 months ago
So so so so so so so so so so so so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mclare50 made it!11 months ago
I made them!!! They turned out so well!!! Thanks for the recipe!
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amfisher11 months ago

Tupper Wear Ladies have been giving out Jell-o popsicle recipes for 40 years. They are called "no drip popsicles". Kids love them. I make them every summer for our Day Care. You can make them sugar free with the sugar free jell-o or extra healthy by adding yogurt and fruit instead of the cold water. My husband who is diabetic loves the sugar free on hot summer days for a non sweet treat

jessyratfink (author)  amfisher11 months ago

That's awesome! I had no idea they'd been around so long. :)

I like the idea of adding fruit and yogurt too. Thank you for commenting and giving such good ideas!

Sara Ash11 months ago
I made this and it went viral like a blockbuster movie :D
Thnx aloooot =)
crasch4811 months ago

popsicle molds are available on aliexpress for as little as $3.50 with free shipping

Somebody_Else11 months ago

The way people get fruit to distribute evenly through jello salads is to wait until the jello has partially set, then stir everything through. The same principle should hold true for sprinkles. And since these took six hours to freeze, you have plenty of time to try. :-)

That might work better with molds that were easier to stir, though.

nliwilson11 months ago

They sound lovely, I think I'll make some today. :)

It's worth mentioning that many commercial ice pops, popsicles (whatever you call them) contain gelatine* to make them less solid once frozen. I myself add a little gelatine to fruit juice and freeze it so you get a softer fruit juice ice pop.

*Obviously food perpaired with gelatine may not be kosher or halal but that's a matter for more spiritual people deal with.

Hardwired2211 months ago

looks delicious!

seamster11 months ago

Any idea if there's a way to get the sprinkles to freeze evenly distributed? Because that would take this to the next level!

Gonna try this with the kids before summer ends.

MonkiMan seamster11 months ago

With normal popsicles, i wait till they are slushy about an hour, depends on your mold, then mix in sprinkles and add sticks.

hope that helps :D

jessyratfink (author)  seamster11 months ago

I was trying to figure that out myself! I thought that letting the Jell-o set up a bit before putting it into the molds may work... but I was also worried that working with it when it wasn't a liquid could cause air pockets. :P

Layering might also work :D

hunter99911 months ago
These look scrumptious! Definitely something i need to make, great job Jessy! :D
I love the mold you used! So cute=)
Thederpyninja11 months ago
This is (very) unrelated, but your nails look perfect :0
jessyratfink (author)  Thederpyninja11 months ago

haha, thanks! I actually have an instructable up over how I paint them :D

how to paint your nails

lindarose9211 months ago

If we'll ever get Jell-O in Italy, this is definitely something I want to make!

BayRatt11 months ago

My mum used to make jell-o popsicles, but they also had kool-aid in them. I don't have the recipe, but I googled:

1 (3 oz.) pkg. Jello, any flavor
1 (.14 oz.) pkg. unsweetened Kool-Aid
1/2 to 3/4 c. sugar
2 c. boiling water
2 c. cold water

If I recall correctly - they're softer than a commercial popsicle, but probably less "jello-y" than these. So for those that may have texture issues, this might be the tweak they need. :-)

Love the fish pop molds... and the sprinkles... never thought of sprinkles in popsicles before. So fun!

sabu.dawdy11 months ago


Passion Make11 months ago

Wooooow! Looks awesome and deliciuos :) Will be trying it.

chocolatechip11 months ago

Are these popsicles hard to bite into? Usually water-based popsicles turn out like ice (I learned that out the hard way )

oh never mind, I read the part in your intro where it says that they are soft :)

jessyratfink (author)  chocolatechip11 months ago

Ha! Yep. The gelatin gives them a really nice texture. :D

doodledoos11 months ago
seamster and jessy, I was thinking about this, and I know there are types of cherry cakes where you coat the cherries in flour so they spread evenly, I wonder if you could find an ingredient in the jelly (sorry jello) that you could coat the sprinkles in? (I don't really know, but it kinda makes sense in my head ? )
doodledoos11 months ago
THIS IS SO AWESOME!! Oh my goodness, this made my summer, maybe my life, this is soooooo awesome!!!!!!!!!
jessyratfink (author)  doodledoos11 months ago

hahahah! yay! Your comment definitely made my day :D

mikeasaurus11 months ago

The consistency was weird, but soooo good!