Patriotic Broken Glass Jell-O

Patriotic Broken Glass Jell-O

July 4: American Independence Day/July 12: Eat Your Jell-O Day

Happy birthday, U.S.A.! At the backyard barbecues and summer socials we attend on this American holiday, people share potluck side dishes and desserts at the host’s home. We usually contribute a flag cake but sometimes it is too filling and heavy. So we bring “Broken Glass Jell-O” in patriotic colors (red, white and blue) instead because it is lite and cool. The recipe is easy and versatile—change the colors of the Jell-O to reflect the holiday (orange and lemon yellow for fall; strawberry or cherry red and lime for Christmas; etc.). Nosh on this nostalgic dessert on July 4 (American Independence Day) and also on July 12 (Eat Your Jell-O Day)!!!

Recipe

(From Phyllis S.)

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (1 large box or 2 small boxes) blue Jell-O (blueberry)
  • 6 ounces (1 large box or 2 small boxes) red Jell-O (strawberry, cherry or raspberry)
  • water
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Directions

In a bowl, dissolve the blue Jell-O in 1 cup of boiling water. Stir well. In another bowl, dissolve the red Jell-O in 1 cup of boiling water. Stir well. Pour each into two 8-inch square pans. Cool to set in the refrigerator.

Patriotic Broken Glass Jell-O

In a bowl, dissolve the unflavored gelatin in 2 cups boiling water. Stir well. Cool slightly then mix in the condensed milk. Then cool completely at room temperature (do not refrigerate yet).

Patriotic Broken Glass Jell-O

Cut the blue and red Jell-O into small squares. Place in a lightly greased 9×13-inch pan. Pour the cooled milk mixture over the Jell-O squares. Refrigerate until firm. Slice into 24 blocks. Arrange on a platter and serve chilled.

Patriotic Broken Glass Jell-O

Notes

  • Thanks to Phyllis S. for sharing the recipe with us and gifting us with a Jell-O cookbook, “The Magic of Jell-O,” which has additional recipes for Jell-O desserts.
  • Search our blog for other patriotic and Jell-O recipes.

Jell-O Dream Pie

Jell-O Dream Pie

January 23: National Pie Day

We have prepared pies many times before. Some involve several steps while some, like this Jell-O Dream Pie, are super simple, especially for last-minute occasions. The basic recipe below is brand-specific, but it is a dream dessert for those who like to be creative with a combination of crusts, flavors and toppings. For an easy-as-pie recipe, make Jell-O Dream Pie for National Pie Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Kraft Foods)

Ingredients

  • 2 envelopes Dream Whip whipped topping mix
  • 2 ¾ cups cold milk, divided use
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 packages Jell-O instant pudding mix (any flavor)
  • 1 9-inch pie crust (graham cracker, chocolate or shortbread)

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, beat the Dream Whip packages with one cup of milk and vanilla until thick and peaks form. Pour in the rest of the milk.

Jell-O Dream Pie

Add the packages of Jell-O instant pudding. Beat on low speed then increase to high speed and beat until light and fluffy, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl. Pour into the pie crust and smooth the top. Refrigerate for at least an hour or until firm. Decorate as desired (we piped extra whipped topping using Wilton’s drop flower tip 2D and garnished with vanilla beans to indicate the French vanilla pudding flavor). Slice into wedges and serve chilled.

Jell-O Dream Pie

Notes

  • We used French vanilla pudding flavor with a graham cracker crust for this particular blog post. But feel free to experiment with a combination of the crust and favorite pudding flavors, like a chocolate crust with chocolate filling.
  • For a simple serving, add a dollop of whipped cream on top of a slice of pie.
  • For a fancy garnish, decorate the top of the pie with chopped nuts, chocolate drizzles/curls/chips, cherries, sliced bananas, toasted coconut flakes, mint leaves, citrus peels, etc.
  • Dream Whip is the dry mix equivalent of Cool Whip non-dairy whipped topping. A cup of real whipped cream may be substituted for Dream Whip and Cool Whip for a fuller flavor. Prepare one packet of Dream Whip (optional) or use Cool Whip (like we did) to pipe the decorative drops on top of the Jell-O Dream Pie.
  • Search our blog for other pie recipes.

Haupia (Coconut Jell-O)

Haupia

July 12: Eat Your Jell-O Day

Hawaiian keiki (kids) and keiki-at-heart love the cool and creamy blocks of a coconut-flavored gelatin known as haupia. Islander grew up eating Hawaii’s version of coconut Jell-O as a simple dessert at get-togethers with ‘ohana and friends. It is so popular that haupia is served even at the largest luaus so tourists can taste these tropical treats, too. With the summer season underway, have some Hawaiian haupia on “Eat Your Jell-O Day!”

Recipe

(Adapted from The Honolulu Star-Bulletin)

Ingredients

  • 1 can (13.5 ounces) coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup milk

Directions

In a sauce pan, mix together the coconut milk and sugar over low heat. In a measuring cup, add the gelatin with water and dissolve for one minute. Stir the gelatin mixture into the sweetened coconut milk. Add milk and mix well.

Haupia

Pour the hot, white liquid into an ungreased 8-inch square pan. Let cool to room temperature. Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares and serve.

Haupia

Notes

  • The traditional haupia recipe is simpler with fewer ingredients. We used the above recipe because it is a sturdier version to transport to a kanikapila or luau. The former recipe uses cornstarch as a thickening agent, whereas the latter uses unflavored gelatin to firm up the dessert. To make traditional haupia, check out our recipe post for Mini Haupia Pies (eliminate the pie crust and whipped cream topping).
  • Prepare this easy dessert ahead of time but be patient as the gelatin solidifies.
  • The Holidays For Everyday website notes that “Eat Your Jell-O Day” commemorates the birthdate of comedian Bill Cosby who starred in several Jell-O television commercials.