Fourth of July is right around the corner!
Do you remember the Jello jigglers or 7 layer jello bars or Knox blocks? Whatever you called them, those yummy flavors of jello cut into all sorts of shapes and sizes perfect to pick up and eat with our fingers. Am I dating us? My aunt makes 7 layer jello bars for every event we can convince her to make them for. Layers of jello and condensed milk. But those puppies are crazy time consuming. She makes them every year for a 4th of July barbecue, and with the 4th of July coming up next week, this seemed like the perfect recipe to share!
These are like a cross between the 7 layer jello and those Jello jigglers we remember, but kicked up a notch (and easier!)
These Red, White and Blue Jello Bars are easy to make, but they do take some time, so plan ahead. The jello needs cooling time, so it is best to make these the day before you plan to serve them.
They are adorable cut into shapes like stars for the Fourth of July, or just cut squares like I did, and perfect for those get togethers and bbqs for the holiday!
- 6 oz box of strawberry or cherry Jello
- 6 oz box of Berry Blue jello
- 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 5 1/2 cups boiling water (4 for the jello, 1 1/2 for the milk)
- 1/2 cup cold water
- In a medium bowl, dissolve the strawberry jello in 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until completely dissolved. In a separate bowl, do the same for the berry blue jello. Allow both to cool to room temparature
- Once cool, pour each color into separate 9x13 pans. Or use whatever you have.
- Allow to chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.
- Once chilled and firm, cut the chilled jello into tiny squares.
- Gently add the squares to a jelly roll pan, (or 9x13 pan if you want extra thick squares). carefully spread the squares so they evenly mixed and in and even layer.
- Put the pan back in the refrigerator while you make the milk.
- In a large bowl, add 1/2 cup cold water. Sprinkle the 2 packets of unflavored gelatin on top of the water and let it sit for 3-5 minutes, allowing it to "bloom."
- Once it has bloomed, add 1 1/2 cups boiling water and stir until completely dissolved.
- Add the can of condensed milk and stir well to combine. Allow to cool to room temperature.
- Once cooled, add the condensed milk mixture of the top of the red and blue jello squares in the pan and allow to chill for at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight.
- Once chilled and firm, cut into squares or use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes.
- It is best to let each step chill s long as possible, so you aren't working with melting jello. Overnight is best, but at least 3-4 hours.
- These are adorable cut into shapes.
- These can easily be made for various holidays or events, just change the color of the jello!