Red, White and Blue Jello Cups

These red, white, and blue jello cups spangled with white jello stars are such a fun and festive dessert idea for the patriotic holidays this summer!

It’s a beautiful layered American flag dessert that’s no-bake, easy to make, and you’ll need only 4 ingredients!

If you want the most patriotic dessert for Memorial Day, Independence Day or Labor Day celebrations, this layered jello recipe is for you!

Ingredient details

It’s only fitting that you’ll need 4 ingredients for this 4th of July dessert (plus water!)

This recipe makes 8 one-cup servings. If you’d like to adjust for more or fewer servings, use the automatic ingredient calculator button at the end of the post.

  • Red jello, one 4-serving (small) box
  • Blue jello, 2 4-serving (small) boxes, or one 8-serving (large) box
  • Sweetened condensed milk, one 14-ounce can
  • Unflavored gelatin (Knox), 2 1/2 envelopes (each envelope is 0.25 ounces)
  • Water – 5 cups boiling, 3 cups cold
Red, white, and blue layered jello cups.

Pick your favorite jello flavors: For the red layer, choose from strawberry, cherry, or raspberry. For the blue layer, you can use blue raspberry (Berry Blue Jell-O) or blueberry jello.

The white condensed milk jello is made with a bit more gelatin, so it’s slightly firmer and easier to unmold and cut out the stars!

4th of July jello step-by-step

Setting up:

  • Always use heat-proof / microwave-safe bowls to prepare jello.
  • Arrange your glasses in trays / baking pans for easy transport to the fridge.
  • Line a 13 x 9″ baking pan with cling film, leaving some overlap over the edges. It will make unmolding the jello a breeze!
  • You’ll need a 1″ star-shaped cutter to make the jello stars.
Preparing red jello and pouring in cup.

Step 1. Prepare red jello: Mix 1 small box (3 ounces) of red jello with 1 cup of boiling water and stir until dissolved. Stir in 1 cup cold water.

Step 2. Pour half of the jello (1 cup) evenly into 8 cups to make the first layer.

Refrigerate the cups for about 20 to 30 minutes until the first layer is firm.

Keep the remaining jello covered at room temperature, it will be used for another layer.

Pouring white jello in lined pan and in cup for layering.

Step 3. Prepare white jello: Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 2 1/2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin and stir until dissolved. Add 1 can of condensed milk and mix well.

Step 4. Pour half of the white jello into the pan and refrigerate until set (about 3-4 hours).

Step 5. Pour half of the remaining white jello evenly over the set red layer and refrigerate. Keep the remaining white jello covered at room temperature.

As soon as the white jello layer is firm, repeat the steps:

  • Use the remaining red jello for the 3rd layer, and chill until set.
  • Use the remaining white jello for the 4th layer, and chill until set.
Preparing blue jello and pouring as top layer.

Step 6. Prepare blue jello: Mix 2 small boxes (or 1 large 6-oz box) of berry blue jello with 2 cups of boiling water, and stir until it’s dissolved. Stir in 2 cups of cold water. Let it cool down to room temperature.

Step 7. When the last white layer is fully set, pour the blue jello about two-thirds of the way up, and chill just until thickened. Keep the remaining blue jello at room temperature.

Cutting out white jello stars with mini star cookie cutter.

Step 8. Cut out jello stars: When the white jello in the baking pan is fully set, lift the cling film to unmold it.

Lay the jello on a cutting board and cut out stars using a mini star-shaped fruit cutter. Set them aside on a plate.

Keep the jello stars in the fridge until it’s time to use them.

Topping jello cup with white jello stars and adding more blue jello on top.

Step 9. Star-spangled jello: After the blue layer reaches the consistency of egg whites, it will be thick enough to hold the stars in place.

Arrange some stars vertically around the glass, gently pressing them against the sides as you push them into the blue jello. Place a few more on top.

Using a spoon, top off the glass with the remaining blue jello. Chill until set before serving. Watch your guests shed patriotic tears of excitement!

Patriotic red, white, and blue jello dessert.

Expert tips

Layer jello in one dish

You can also serve this red, white, and blue jello in one large (8-cup capacity) clear serving dish as a big flag dessert for your guests to spoon out their servings.

It’s easier to prepare and transport, making it great for holiday potlucks!

How much jello per layer

The glasses I used hold about 1 cup of liquid. For the thin red and white jello flag strips, I used about 2 tablespoons of jello for each layer.

The blue layer occupies about half of the cup but uses less than 1/2 cup of jello because some of the space is filled with the white jello stars.

If your serving glasses are larger or smaller, please note that the amount of jello you’ll need for each layer will vary.

Red, white and blue layered jello dessert.

Jello set outside the fridge?

If you’ve ever tried making rainbow jello, you know that layered jello recipes can be a bit time-consuming to make.

To save time, in this recipe we prepare the entire amount of each jello color at once, but only pour half at a time. While one layer is firming up in the fridge, the remaining liquid jello stays covered at room temperature to cool.

It’s unlikely that the jello will set outside the fridge in such a short time, especially in summer.

However, it can get too thick to pour, depending on the temperature inside your kitchen and how long you’ll take to finish layering.

There’s a simple solution:

To make thickened or solid jello liquid again, microwave it in 5-second bursts and stir until melted.

White jello stars in blue jello.

No microwave? No problem. Since the jello hasn’t been refrigerated, it’s not too cold to begin with, so a simple hot-water bath can remelt it.

Place the container of jello inside another container filled with boiling hot water. Ensure the water level is not so high that it spills into the jello.

Let the jello sit in the hot water bath for a few minutes, stirring occasionally to help it liquefy evenly.

Prepare ahead and storage

This patriotic jello is the perfect make-ahead dessert!

It keeps well in the refrigerator for up to one week, and it tastes just as good at the end of the week as it does when freshly made.

Be sure to cover each cup or dish with plastic wrap to prevent the jello from absorbing odors from other items in your fridge.


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Red White and Blue Jello Cups

These Red, White and Blue Layered Jello Cups spangled with jello stars are the most Patriotic dessert you can make for 4th of July!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Chill Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 248kcal
Author: Pris Frank

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix 1 small box (3 ounces) of red jello with 1 cup of boiling water, stir until dissolved. Stir in 1 cup cold water. Pour half of the jello (1 cup) evenly into 8 cups to make the first layer. Refrigerate the cups and keep the remaining jello covered at room temperature.
  • Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 2 1/2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin, stir for 2 minutes until dissolved. Add 1 can condensed milk and mix well.
  • Line a 13 x 9" baking pan with cling film, leaving some overlap over the edges. Pour half of the white jello into the pan and refrigerate until firm (about 3-4 hours).
  • When the first red jello layer is set, pour half of the remaining white jello evenly into the cups to create the second layer and refrigerate. Keep the remaining white jello covered at room temperature.
  • When the second white layer is firm, pour the remaining red jello for the third layer and refrigerate.
  • When the third red layer is firm, pour the remaining white jello for the fourth layer and refrigerate.
  • Meanwhile, mix 6 ounces of blue jello with 2 cups of boiling water, stir until dissolved. Stir in 2 cups of cold water. Let it cool to room temperature.
  • Pour the blue jello about two-thirds of the way up in each cup, leaving space for the stars. Refrigerate until it thickens (about egg white consistency). Keep the remaining jello covered at room temperature.
  • Once the white jello in the baking pan is set (about 3 hours), lift the cling film to unmold it. Lay the jello on a cutting board and use a mini star-shaped cutter to cut out stars.
  • Arrange white jello stars vertically around the glass, pressing them gently against the sides. Place a few stars on top, then top up the glass with the remaining blue jello. Chill until fully set before serving.

Notes

  • The recipe makes 8 1-cup servings. I prefer assembling it in wide glasses to have more space for decorating with the stars.
  • You can also prepare this patriotic layered dessert in one large dish with at least an 8-cup capacity.
  • For a lower-calorie dessert, replace regular jello with  sugar-free jello.
  • For pretty jello layers, make sure each layer is completely set before pouring a new one, and that the prepared jello for the next layer isn’t warm anymore.
  • If the liquid jello thickens at room temperature and it’s difficult to pour, microwave it for 5-second bursts and stir until it remelts.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 186mg | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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