We had family come in for the 4th of July at the last minute so I was scrambling to find something easy to make for dessert that didn’t require me to battle the crowds at the grocery store. Seriously y’all, the grocery store parking lot looked like a used car lot and I was not brave enough to fight for a parking spot. I’m not ashamed of my weakness. Anyway- I had all the ingredients needed for these Red, White & Blue Jellies in my pantry! The hardest part of this delicious dessert is waiting for the Jello to set. I’m impatient.
1 package (3oz) red jello
1 package (3oz) blue jello
2 Tbsp non-flavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
3 1/2 cups boiling water, divided
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1. Pour the red and blue jello powder into separate bowls. Pour 1 cup of boiling water into each and stir until dissolved. Place in fridge until fully set- about 3-4 hours.
2. Once jello has set, cut both the red and blue jello into medium sized cubes. Set aside.
3. Pour 1/2 cup cold water into large bowl and sprinkle unflavored gelatin powder on top. Allow to stand for 5 minutes then add 1 1/2 cups boiling water to the bowl and mix well.
4. Pour sweetened condensed milk into bowl and mix until combined. Allow to cool slightly, about 15-20 minutes.
5. Line a meatloaf size dish (about 7″x 4″) with plastic wrap. Place half of the red and blue jello cubes in the bottom. Pour sweetened condensed milk mixture over top to just cover the jello cubes. Place in the fridge until it has set slightly- about an hour.
6. Add the remaining red and blue jello cubes to the top and again cover with sweetened condensed milk mixture until jello cubes are covered. Return to the fridge until fully set.
7. Before serving, carefully lift plastic edges of plastic wrap to remove set jello mixture from pan. Cut into cubes and serve cold.
I did tell you that I’m impatient, right? Well I was also in a time crunch so on Step 5 I placed the pan in the freezer for about 25 minutes and it was fine. Also- it is very important that on Step 4, you actually allow the sweetened condensed milk mixture to cool a bit. Otherwise the red and blue jello will begin to melt and turn the white part red and blue. Ask me how I know *shame-face*. Over all, these were very easy to make and everyone loved them. They’re perfect for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day! And I fully intend to use green jello and make these at Christmas too. And perhaps I’ll add Vodka at some point and turn them into shooters. Ha!