Introduction: Stained Glass Jello

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Stained glass Jell-O is a fun, festive treat for holidays and parties.  Choose colors to represent the theme!  Here I went with red white and blue - great for 4th of July, Bastille Day, or even a brief appearance in the World Cup.

This would  be great in colors to represent your school or favorite sports team.  I originally saw this idea on the great blog, Just Jenn

Step 1: Ingredients

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You can make this with up to 4 different colors/flavors of Jell-O.
  • 4 small boxes (3 oz. each)  or 2 large boxes (6 oz. each) of Jell-O or store brand gelatin  (I used one box of 6oz. berry blue one 6 oz. box of cherry)
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin  (the box I used was marked Net Wt. 1 oz - don't know if that means each envelope is one ounce or the entire package is one ounce)
  • Water

Step 2: Make Jell-os (Jell-oes?)

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Dissolve each small box of jello in one cup boiling water - large boxes each get two - in a container.  I used 9" square tupperware-type containers for the two large boxes.

Chill at least three hours, until firm.  I left them in the refrigerator overnight.  They give your fridge a nice fruity scent!

After chilling all of the flavors, cut them into small blocks.

Step 3: Cut It Up

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Carefully mix up the cubes of jello in a 9"x13" pan, using your hands to gently toss the colors together.

Step 4: Make Milk Jello

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In a separate bowl (larger than the first one I have pictured) measure 1/2 cup cold water.  Sprinkle 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin on top.  Let the gelatin "bloom" or thicken for a few minutes, and add 1 1/2  (one and a half) cups boiling water and dissolve.

Add the can of condensed milk. Stir and allow to cool to room temperature.

Step 5: Mix It Up

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Pour cooled milk mixture over jello. If the milk gelatin isn't cool enough, it will cause the colors to run.  Sadness!

Step 6: Cut and Share

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Chill overnight, and cut into blocks. The sweet milky gelatin elevates this fruity dessert to new heights. It's time to re-discover jello!

This treat can be kept for up to a week in the refrigerator.



asmith-9 (author)2011-05-19

I made a multi coloured one for the MIL. She loves jelly and loved this. It tasted sorta like jelly and cream. I used the old school Tupperware jelly ring! Twas YUM!

Siren4 (author)2010-07-04

Thanks for the great instructable! Just pulled mine out of the fridge and my kids love them!

scoochmaroo (author)Siren42010-07-04

Awesome! Those look better than mine! :D

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DaakuR (author)2016-07-04

Tried it out to take them to work eith me. Turns out fairly decent

sylvia.guzman.376 (author)2014-10-20

I made it for my grandkids, two weeks before Halloween Party. I used orange and lime Jello. Made it for the 4th of July, looking for something to add to the table.

porcupinemamma (author)2013-04-13

Can't wait to make it. Another fun Instructable. Thanks so much!!! :0)

smallstrangegod (author)2012-09-25

has anyone tried making this with say almond or rice milk? We can't have dairy or soy in our house.... hmmmm....

Javin007 (author)2012-08-31

OMG, I'm about to have the best Jello shots at a party EVAR.

parismtb (author)2012-07-04

i made this. i will be posting a pic!

parismtb (author)2012-07-04

Is there a substitute for the milk based jello? Can I use a light colored jello (peach) and milk base it?

mjgandres (author)2012-05-27

Made This Beautiful Stained Glass Jello For My Sons Birthday Today!!! Wow! It Looked Like I Had It Made By A Specialty Shop!!! My Son Loves Cinnamon And Vanilla So I Did Add 1 teaspoon Vanilla And A Few Good Shakes Of Cinnamon! Boy Oh Boy Was This A Hit At The Party!!! Enjoy! Had Fun Making It!!!!

scoochmaroo (author)mjgandres2012-05-29

Wow, fantastic! What colors did you use?

NaturalCrafter (author)2011-05-26

I never tried to use a milk product as a jello base. I will make sure to stir the mix with the gelatin and 1 and 1/2 cups hot water very well. Then stir in the milk..I keep stirring till the milk and gelatin get a chance to become one. Oh this is fun! as well as adds nutrition to the mixture. Great to have in the fridge for summer.

Making milk jello is sometimes called panna cotta. Makes a great and easy alternative for ice cream.

ladylissa (author)2011-05-10

I can not wait to make this with my daughter! She loves Jell-O, sometimes we buy desserts like this from the supermarket, but this looks like such a fun project! Now I'm going to get a fun jello mold to make this in!!! Like a bunt.

Inquisitively (author)ladylissa2011-08-01

Putting it in a bunt cake pan would look awesome!

I'd imagine you could also try it with those jello molds (I think the egg ones would be awesome, but I think it depends on how much of the two other color jellos you could fit in the molds to make it worth it.) I think this would be fun to try. I'm not a huge fan of jello but this would be fun to make with the kids.

tlami (author)2011-05-26

These look AWESOME! There's only one ingredient missing--vodka! :)

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bajablue (author)2011-06-05

ok... I'm a little late to this Party... but I have to say that this Jello Dessert is about the most BEAUTIFUL thing I've ever seen!

MomLovesElectro (author)2011-05-29

just made this yesterday and it turned out just OK but that is completely MY fault!

I accidentally left the red jell-O in the warm water too long and it started to melt the bottom so then when I mixed them up together I had lil flakes of red but the blue was perfectly square.

My mother in law has been making something like this for years and since we do potluck style Hawaiian parties she brings it to every event! Hers is layered with at least 6 different flavors but with a layer of the sweetened condensed milk/gelatin in between each layer. it's deffinatly a longer prosses but it comes out with more flavor.

this is good, but I'm just used to her version 

I think I might try this again for my daughters birthday coming up but instead I think I might use 4 different flavors, and not melt the bottom!!

I'm wondering if I could make it even sweeter or would that be too odd, i dunno. 

cvill (author)2011-05-27

For the lazy ones, you can get ready-made jell-o snacks, and if you skip the milk part, it becomes a crystal salad :-)

kelman (author)2011-05-27

Our family loves jello. I can't wait to try this. I see a new Christmas and green. Thanks so much for the post!

kelman (author)2011-05-27

I believe it's "jell-i" if it's plural. :)

cathiecarnahan (author)2011-05-27

can you use sugar free jello

NaturalCrafter (author)2011-05-26

I love it..a cool treat.. I wonder what it would be like to put fresh cherry bits in the blue jello. I know it may not keep as well. or add the chunks of fruit layered in with the red and blue jello before adding the milk layer. It reminds me of those white candy squares with the fruit in them.

NaturalCrafter (author)2011-05-26

I have this on my list to take to a plant and seed swap. We have a potluck picnic after the swap is over. I will set out slips of paper with the web address for "full instructions" on how to make this cool treat.

turrilynn (author)2011-05-26

I'm going to try this recipe this weekend for the holiday weekend. It will be a nice departure from the regular pies and such. And you're right - who doesn't like Jell-O?! Many thanks for sharing all your recipes...

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asmith-9 (author)2011-05-19

Just found another recipe. I made this one too - less sweet, was really yummy!

milospalic1 (author)2010-07-31

hey just another cool instructable but i live in Europe and cant find these Jell-o packs do you maybe know where i can order these over a website or something like that i'm realy glad to try these out

asmith-9 (author)milospalic12011-04-07

Just use jelly. Use JUST A LITTLE bit less water than suggested on the packet.

dolceael (author)2011-03-24

These are so easy and tasty-looking!

Shany120 (author)2011-02-20

Yummy! I might try to make them!! :D

mattbomb (author)2010-07-10

you should just use a ice CUBE try and that way it would prob save allot of time

Jello is hard to get out of ice cube trays, so it would actually make a bit more work... Plus, this way it looks more like stained glass, because non of the pieces are the same size or cut.

rhoddity (author)2010-11-25

What great timing, I just learned how to make jello about a week ago, and have fallen for it completely (isn't this stuff great?!) Anyway, this is so cool that I think I'm going to make it for Christmas this year. Thanks!

Yerboogieman (author)2010-11-14

So Scooch, is this like finger jello? Do you have a finger jello recipe? My dad can't seem to find one. Thanks!

Hiyadudez (author)2010-09-11

My Jello is in the fridge right now! I'm making it for a BBQ tomorrow. Thanks Scooch =D

S189 (author)2010-08-11

It looks so pretty! If only I liked Jello :( This would be great to make and bring to a gathering though (even a non-summer gathering). The kids would love it.

cherishcherub (author)2010-08-05

the whole package is 1 oz - how many sachets where in your packet?

4 envelopes

each sachet is about 7 grams or 0.25 oz (sorry i'm not too good with ounces - i live in london)

arpoky (author)2010-08-01

Hey, you made stained-glass, Chicago-Cubbie-colored Jello! Good for you!

schoonovermr (author)2010-07-29

can you replace the condensed milk with anything?

scoochmaroo (author)schoonovermr2010-07-30

Hm. I like the condensed milk because it's sweet. If you're not into sweet, I think you could use heavy cream or maybe evaporated milk.

schoonovermr (author)scoochmaroo2010-07-30

ok. when i tried it, i didn't let the unflavored geletin cool. so it all ran together. ha ha,oh well, it is so cheap to make i will try again later

scoochmaroo (author)schoonovermr2010-07-30

Yeah. That happened to me too the first time I made this. I wasn't making an Instructable of it then though. I tried to warn you!

schoonovermr (author)scoochmaroo2010-07-30

i don't read read instructions that well! as soon as it was finished, i saw that part. ha

Gakki (author)2010-07-11

each envelope is 1oz.

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