|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3g||3%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||8%|
|Total Carbohydrate 17g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 17g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||4%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Looking for an eye-catching 4th of July dessert for kids? Make red, white, and blue handheld gelatin squares.
Gelatin's bright colors make this treat stand out on any dessert table, and the familiar fruity flavors are sure to be a hit with children.
This gelatin recipe is easy to make, but a bit time-consuming because you must wait for each layer to set before adding the next. To save time, make three layers instead of the seven layers you'll find instructions for here. The effort is worth it though, when you see the reaction to this patriotic treat.
“Although the recipe takes a long time from start to finish, it’s super easy and mostly hands-off. Each layer sets firmly and cleanly, so the final result is very impressive and eye-catching. The squares are sturdy enough to hold in your hands without making a mess and perfect for a big July 4th party.” —Young Sun Huh
7 cups boiling water, divided
2 (3-ounce) boxes cherry gelatin, divided
7 (0.25-ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin, divided
2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk, divided
2 (3-ounce) boxes blueberry gelatin, divided
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Combine 1 cup of boiling water with 1 package of cherry gelatin and 1 package of unflavored gelatin in a medium bowl. Whisk together until dissolved.
Pour into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and refrigerate until the gelatin is firm, about 1 hour. Wash and dry the whisk and bowl.
Combine 1 packet of unflavored gelatin with 1 cup boiling water in the bowl, whisking until dissolved.
Add 1/2 of one of the cans of condensed milk and stir until combined.
Pour milk mixture into measuring cup with a spout and set in refrigerator to cool, about 10 minutes. Wash and dry the whisk and bowl.
Gently pour the milk mixture on top of the red gelatin layer. Place the baking dish in refrigerator until the mixture is firm, about 1 hour. Wash the measuring cup.
Next, combine 1 cup of boiling water, 1 package of blueberry gelatin, and 1 package of unflavored gelatin in the bowl. Whisk together until dissolved.
Place the hot gelatin into the measuring cup and cool in fridge, about 10 minutes. Wash and dry the whisk and bowl.
Once cool, pour on top of other layers.
Continue repeating steps until you have the following layers, from bottom to top: red, white, blue, white, red, white, blue. (You will be left with an extra half can of condensed milk.) Once final layer is firm, slice gelatin into bars or squares.
Remove carefully from the baking dish with a small, metal spatula and serve them cold or at room temperature.
- Make sure you wait until the gelatin cools a bit in the fridge before you pour it over the other layers, as you don't want to pour hot liquid on top of another layer of gelatin at any time during the process. Doing so will turn the white layer pink or light blue.
- Each layer is made up of about 1 1/2 cups of liquid.
- Use the leftover sweetened condensed milk to make strawberry smoothies, chocolate fudge, or Thai iced coffee.
Although the 7 layers make for a dramatic presentation, you can simplify the process by making a simple 3-layer version: For the red and blue layers, use 2 cups of boiling water, 2 boxes of flavored jello and 2 packets of unflavored gelatin for each color. For the white layer, use 2 cups of boiling water, 2 packets of unflavored gelatin, and 1 (14-ounce) can of condensed milk.