July 4, 2012

Patriotic Stained Glass Jello

Happy 4th of July! Tonight I am hosting a dinner with a few new friends. Nothing I am making is super patriotic except for this: Red, White, and Blue Stained Glass Jello. I am not ambitious enough to attempt layered jello yet, so when I stumbled upon this recipe at Krissy's Creations and The Food Librarian I knew it would be easy but still look stunning.

Patriotic Stained Glass Jello via The Taste Tester

This recipe is time consuming but does not take a lot of time. What I mean by that is... this is jello. It refrigerates forever, but the actual preparation will not take you very long. It is the kind of project where you make it one day and then let it refrigerate overnight before you serve it. But this is simple, tastes great, and anyone who is scared of making packaged jello a little bit fancier should give this a try.

Patriotic Stained Glass Jello

1 (6 oz) box red Jello such as strawberry or cherry
1 (6 oz) box blue jello such as berry blue
2 tablespoons (2 pkgs) unflavored gelatin
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
5 1/2 cups boiling water, divided 
1/2 cup cold water

Prepare two 8x8 pans by spraying them with non-stick cooking spray. Use a napkin or a paper towel to wipe the excess cooking spray out of the pans. This will ensure that the jello squares come out of the pan cleanly but by removing the excess grease you won't end up with a greasy film on the jello squares.

Bring two cups of water to a boil. Pour one package of flavored jello into the boiling water and stir until gelatin dissolves. Pour into one of the 8x8 pans. Bring two more cups of water to a boil and repeat with the remaining flavor of jello. Place both 8x8 pans in the refrigerator and chill until firm (at least three hours).

One hour before the flavored jellos are set, sprinkle the unflavored gelatin into 1/2 cup cold water. Stir. Allow gelatin to sit and get firm (3-5 minutes). In the meantime, bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Once gelatin mixture has gotten firm, stir in boiling water until gelatin has dissolved. Slowly whisk in the can of sweetened condensed milk. Allow this mixture to sit on the counter until it has cooled completely. This takes approximately one hour.

Once the white gelatin mixture has cooled completely, prepare a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray and wipe out the excess oil (the same technique used on the 8x8 pans). Cut the flavored jellos into small cubes (this works best if you cut them directly in the pan). Place the colored cubes in the 9x13 pan. Pour the cooled white gelatin mixture over the colored cubes. Gently stir to make sure the white gelatin fills in all of the spaces around the cubes.

Refrigerate at least three hours or overnight.
Recipe Source: Krissy's Creations and The Food Librarian

I will admit that even though this jello is very good, I am not a huge fan of jello. It is a good thing my husband loves this so much!

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