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American Flag Jello Dessert

I had some fun with white jello, yesterday! I’ve had this idea for a couple of weeks, now, and finally tackled the American Flag made entirely out of jello! Wouldn’t this be awesome at a Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day picnic?! Here’s what I did to make this fun Jello Dessert:

You’ll Need:

**Make this one day ahead. This jello is made in 3 different stages. It’s an all day process. Don’t let that deter you. Most of the time spent is in waiting for each section to set up in the refrigerator.

Red Jello:

  • 6  packages of cherry jello
  • 6 cups of hot water

Blue Jello:

  • 2 packages of blue jello
  • 2 cups of hot water

White Jello:

  • 2 packages of Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  • 1&1/2 cup of hot water
  • 1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk


  • A 9x 13 pan
  • Mayonnaise
  • A straw – preferably a malt straw, because they are large in diameter. I used one from McDonalds, and wished I had a malt straw.

Now, on to the flag!:

  • We’ll start with red:
  • Combine the 6 packages of cherry jello with 6 cups of hot water, and stir until dissolved
  • American Flag Jello Dessert
  • Grease a 9×13 pan with mayonnaise – a trick my mom taught me. Rub the mayonnaise around the pan until it becomes transparent. You will not taste the mayonnaise!
  • American Flag Jello Dessert
  • Pour red jello mixture into the 9×13 pan and carefully walk over to the refrigerator. Let the jello set up in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.
  • American Flag Jello Dessert
  • Dissolve the blue jello in the 2 cups of hot water, and let it cool off until it is only warm. You do not want the hot water to dissolve the red you’ve waited so patiently for.
  • American Flag Jello Dessert
  • Now, carve out the rectangle in the upper left corner of the pan – ignoring the fact that this picture is positioned backwards. My rectangle is about 4″x3″This is the Blue section of the American Flag.
  • I served the cut out section of red to the kids! Happy Day 🙂
  • American Flag Jello Dessert
  • Pour the cooled off blue jello into the cut out rectangle, making the blue about even with the height of the red.  Carefully transfer the jello back to the refrigerator, and let the blue set up for about 3 hours. See – an all day process!
  • **The easiest thing to do, would be to pour the blue section into the rectangle while the pan is already in the refrigerator. I did not think of that until I had bullets of sweat running down my forehead from the stress of carrying this liquid jello to the safety of the refrigerator shelf!
  • Once that is almost set, start on your white jello
  • White & Red Valentine Jello
  • In a large bowl, mix the 2 packets of unflavored gelatin with the 1/2 cup of cold water, mix, and let it set for about  4 minutes. I will look like a slushy type of consistency.
  • Add the 1&1/2 cups of hot water into the bowl and mix in
  • American Flag Jello Dessert
  • Pour the sweetened condensed milk into the mixture and mix in
  • Allow this mixture to cool off until it is only Luke-warm, before adding it to the flag
  • American Flag Jello Dessert
  • While you wait, take the red and blue jello out and start cutting stripes out of the red
  • American Flag Jello Dessert
  • Insert the straw into the blue section to make circles for stars. The jello should pull up and out as you pull the straw out, leaving a circular hole to fill in with white. It might take a couple of tries.
  • American Flag Jello Dessert
  • Fill the empty stripes with white jello, and the empty circles with white jello.
  • I used a plastic squeeze bottle to fill the star sections.
  • **Again, easiest to have it in the refrigerator, safe on a shelf while pouring – unlike my experience of transferring it all the way to the safety of a steady shelf.
  • Let this set up for about 30 more minutes in the refrigerator!
  • American Flag Jello Dessert
  • You’re done!
  • American Flag Jello Dessert
  • Happy Fourth of July!

~Melissa – – fun foods, party ideas, crafts, recipes, and fun things to do with the whole family!

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