A festive dessert made with layers of colorful jello and cool whip, these red, white, and blue jello cups are perfect to cool off with on warm weather holidays.
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About Red, White, and Blue Layered Jello
An easy way to cool off for any Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Labor Day celebration, these layered jello cups are simple to make and yet are eye-catching and vibrant. A perfect choice for an easy festive dessert, even for those who (like me) have two left thumbs when it comes to decorating.
What flavor of jello should you use?
When making these desserts, you should focus first on using vibrant red and blue colors, and then work out how those flavors will mix together.
For the red layer, you could use strawberry, raspberry, or cherry flavored jello.
For the blue layer, you could use blueberry or blue raspberry flavored jello.
As far as recommendations, I’d suggest pairing raspberry and blue raspberry together or cherry and blue raspberry.
How long is layered jello good for?
Once prepared, these layered jello desserts can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days.
Can you freeze jello?
Bad news here, guys. I can’t recommend freezing these jello desserts. Jello doesn’t actually freeze to a hardened state like most soft foods, and once thawed, the texture of the jello will be ruined.
Notes & tips for layered jello cups
- This recipe makes 6 layered jello desserts, each about a little more than 1 cup worth. Be sure to pick containers that can hold this much.
- If you’d like to adjust the servings or plan on different containers, keep these numbers in mind: Each three ounce box of jello mix makes about two cups of prepared jello. Each 8 ounce tub of Cool Whip is about 3 cups total.
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How to make layered jello
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – Prepare the red jello per package instructions, then pour the red liquid jello into your chosen serving cups. Allow the red jello layer to set in the refrigerator for two hours.
Step 2 – Add the Cool Whip on top of the red layer, being sure to gently spread it so eliminate any gaps and smooth out the surface. Allow the Cool Whip layer to chill in the refrigerator for one to two hours.
Step 3 – Prepare the blue jello per package instructions, then allow it to cool for about 10 minutes. Gently pour the blue liquid jello over the Cool Whip layer, being sure not to disrupt the cream. Allow the blue jello layer to set in the refrigerator for two hours.
Step 4 – Serve layered jello desserts garnished with sprinkles on top and enjoy!
Red, White, and Blue Jello Cups
- 3 ounce red jello, strawberry, raspberry, or cherry flavor (1 box)
- 8 ounce Cool Whip
- 3 ounce blue jello, blueberry or blueraspberry flavor (1 box)
- festive sprinkles, optional
- Prepare red jello per package instructions, then pour red liquid jello into your chosen serving containers, dividing it evenly. For 6 servings, that would be roughly 1/3 cup per.
- Chill red jello layer for 2 hours or until set.
- Mix Cool Whip until plyable, then divide it evenly between each of the 6 containers (roughly 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup). Use a spatula or spoon to gently pack the layer of Cool Whip into a solid layer with no gaps and a smooth surface.
- Chill Cool Whip layer for 1-2 hours.
- Prepare blue jello per package instructions. Allow it to cool for about 10 minutes, then gently pour blue liquid jello over the Cool Whip layer (being careful not to disrupt the Cool Whip), dividing it evenly. For 6 servings, that would be roughly 1/3 cup per.
- Chill blue jello layer for 2 hours or until set.
- Serve red, white, and blue jello cups immediately topped with festive sprinkles (optional).
I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.