BEST Jello recipes ever, all gathered in one place! Jello recipes for holidays, parties, dessert and more. We cover jello salad recipes, jello cakes and cookies and layered jello desserts. Fun, tasty & easy jello recipes for any occasion.
We’ve been creating recipes for this site for over 5 years now and I realized something the other day. We really love Jello! Seriously- we have a ton of jello recipes! So I thought I’d gather them all in one place and feature our very favorites.
Jello is a fun addition to any table. I mainly serve it as a sweet side dish, but it can also be a dessert. Some of these jello dessert recipes are pretty fancy, but they’re all easy to make. Enjoy!
Here are some answers to common questions we get about Jello:
Why won’t my Jello set?
In order for jello to set, it has to be mixed according to package directions and then chilled. If your jello didn’t set, you likely added too much water, added fruit with too high of water content or are attempting to make it set in a location other than the refrigerator. You can attempt to fix jello by combining 1 cup boiling water with a small 3 oz box of jello in the same flavor. Whisk until jello is dissolved, then stir into your not-set jello recipe. Refrigerate until set. On the side of the box of Jello it gives fruit addition suggestions. I’ve found that I can use fruit even they don’t recommend if I simply decrease the water by 1/2 cup in my recipe.
What Jello flavors are there?
There are quite a few Jello flavors with special flavors being released often. I find our local Walmart store carries the most variety of Jello. Here are all the flavors of jello: Apricot, Berry Blue, Black Cherry, Blackberry, Blackberry Fusion, Cherry, Cherry Lemonade, Concord Grape, Cotton Candy, Fruit Punch, Grape, Green Apple, Lemon, Lemon-Lime, Lime, Mango, Margarita, Melon Fusion, Orange, Peach, Pineapple, Raspberry, Strawberry, Strawberry-Banana, Tropical Fusion, and Watermelon.
Is Jello gluten free?
Jello does not contain any gluten in the ingredients, so it can be considered gluten-free. However, Jello, which is manufactured by Kraft, is not considered “Certified Gluten Free” meaning that it’s made in a facility that can contain trace amounts of gluten.
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Jello recipes and Jello Salad recipes:
Raspberry Vanilla Jello Salad is one of the easiest recipes you will ever make and it is perfect as a side dish or even dessert. This recipe only requires 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make and then it is immediately ready to serve! It is simply amazing! I just recently found this jello salad recipe and LOVE it! It only has 4 ingredients and it literally takes just a couple of minutes to make. It’s absolutely the easiest (and fastest!) jello salad recipe you will ever make! Not only that, but it can be eaten immediately after preparing (or saved for later!)…and it’s delicious too! Make it now with this recipe!
RASPBERRY VANILLA JELLO SALAD
- 1 box 5.1 oz instant vanilla pudding
- 32 oz. container vanilla yogurt
- 8 oz. container Cool Whip thawed
- 1 pkg. frozen raspberries
- In a large bowl, combine the pudding mix and the vanilla yogurt, stirring until well mixed.
- Fold Cool Whip into the mixture. (You can use a spatula or a whisk!)
- Lastly, fold in the raspberries. I had set mine out for about 10 minutes before making the salad, but you can put them in frozen and they will thaw very quickly so you can serve the salad right after mixing. If you don’t serve the salad immediately, the raspberries will thaw more and the juices will add a raspberry flavor to the entire mixture – I like it both ways!
Berry Jello Pretzel Salad made with fresh berries & fruity Jell-O on a buttery pretzel crust! Gorgeous Jello salad recipe that tastes amazing and is so easy to make. I love serving this lovely Berry Jello Salad for holiday dinners or any special occasion. The end result is stunning and everyone loves the sweet berry flavors in this light jello salad. See the full Berry Jello Salad recipe here!
Rainbow Jello Parfaits are so festive and fun, and can work for holidays! You only need two basic ingredients to make these…jello and yogurt! These layered Jello treats are so easy, and if you pick the right colors, it looks just like a rainbow! You do have to give yourself a day to make them just to allow all of the layers to set, but each layer only takes a few minutes to make and is not as hard as it may seem! Check out the simple trick to this creative dish here.
Cranberry Jello Salad made with 3 festive, delicious layers of pretzels, pudding, cranberries & Jello! Impressive, easy addition to your holiday meal. It’s a staple to our holiday spread! I love the festive flavors. This version is perfect because it’s not too sweet and accompanies ham and turkey beautifully. It’s a very versatile recipe too! See options for substitutions and the recipe here.
Blueberry Jello Salad is a quick and easy side dish or dessert that is full of blueberries and topped with a sweet and creamy layer! Start with raspberry (or strawberry Jello) and then add a can of blueberry pie filling for a delicious double berry flavor. The sweet and creamy layer on top complements the gelatin layer so well and you can get really creative about decorating the top with fresh berries for a beautiful presentation too! Find some decoration ideas and the recipe here.
Creamy Jello Fruit Dip is made with only 3 ingredients – it can be made with any flavor and it’s the perfect dip for all of your favorite fruits! If I had the option between normal “dessert” (sweets) and a big bowl of fresh fruit, I would gladly take the bowl of fruit! My kids love fruit too, but even more, they love dipping fruit (or any food) – in this tasty and colorful fruit dip is always a big hit. This delicious Creamy Jello Fruit Dip comes together in just a few minutes and you can make it any flavor you want, in order to match the decor/season you are looking for! Any time you need an easy and yummy side to take to a party, using this recipe is your new go-to!
Tropical Jello Pretzel Salad is a combination of orange, pineapple and coconut flavors all in an easy-to-make sweet jello salad recipe! It’s a combination of orange, pineapple and coconut flavors all in an easy-to-make sweet jello salad recipe! The pretzel crust ends up tasting like chopped pecans. It adds a wonderful flavor and texture to this light & sweet easy jello salad recipe.
Strawberries & Cream Poke Cake is the perfect light and refreshing dessert for any gathering with family and friends – it is delicious and so pretty! Strawberries & Cream Poke Cake is the perfect light and refreshing dessert for any gathering with family and friends – it is delicious and so pretty! Click here to see how to create this masterpiece here.
Our Creamy Peach Pie is made with only 5 ingredients in only a few minutes! Peach Jello, vanilla ice cream and fresh peaches are combined into a delicious, refreshing dessert! This recipe only takes a few minutes to whip up and then just a couple of hours to set up in the refrigerator before it is ready to serve. There are technically 6 ingredients but I feel pretty good about saying 5 since one of the ingredients is water! Mixing vanilla ice cream and Cool Whip with peach Jello and fresh peaches is absolutely amazing. So amazing that we were all trying to the filling before we even made it to the pie crust. You’ll see when you make this easy Jello recipe!
This delicious Glazed Strawberry Fruit Pizza is made with pre-made sugar cookie dough topped with a cream cheese layer, fresh strawberries and a strawberry glaze! This dessert pizza is absolutely perfect for kids and adults, and for all occasions! It’s a favorite that everyone will enjoy! Start cooking now with this easy Jello recipe!
Raspberry Ribbon Salad from Mels Kitchen Cafe
The tangy and sweet raspberry mixture compliments the luscious creamy layers beautifully, and like a good jello salad, even though it looks a bit messy on the plate, it tastes like heaven. See for yourself by following this jello salad recipe!
Strawberry Jello Fruit Salad from Meatloaf and Melodrama
Easy Strawberry Jello Fruit Salad is a retro recipe that’s perfect for spring and summer holidays, parties and potlucks. It’s a recipe from grandma so you know it’s a going to be a good Jello salad! You’ll love this foamy pink treat! Check out the recipe here.
Cherry Coke Jello (and Other Flavors too!) from Something Swanky
I love cherry Coke. And cherry Diet Coke. And Jell-O is pretty awesome too, right? Well, as it tuns out, you can substitute Coke or Cherry Coke (or Pepsi, if you swing that way) for the water in the standard Jell-O recipe, annnnnnnd….. VOILA! Find the recipe for Cherry Coke Jello, as well as Lime Coke Jello, Shirley Temple Jello, Strawberry Orange Fanta Jello, and Orange Ginger Ale Jello here!
Jello Sherbet Ice Cream from Smart Schoolhouse
You don’t need to have made homemade ice cream before, you don’t need an ice cream maker, you just need an appetite for incredibly good sherbet! Not only is this better than any rainbow sherbet I’ve ever had, it was simple to make and you can even customize the flavors. Click here for ideas for flavors and the very simple recipe!
Dr Pepper Jello Salad from Spend with Pennies
This Dr Pepper Jello Salad is a fun, no bake, retro dessert loaded with cherries, pineapple, and pecans! The perfect make ahead dessert for any gathering. I love that it’s so easy to make, requires very little prep work and no baking which makes it a warm weather win in my book! The twenty-three flavors in Dr Pepper make this dessert an instant hit, add in some extras for additional flavor and texture and we’re in business! Find the full Jello salad recipe here!
Teddy Bear Jello Pool from I Heart Naptime
Teddy Bear Jello Pool… these little guys make a great treat! Refreshing Jello and a dollop of whipped cream make for a yummy treat everyone will love! Sometimes a cool and refreshing treat is just what the hot summer days are made for. My little guys loved these fun little teddy bear characters but you could easily swap them out for some candy fish or gummy octopus candies. Find the recipe here.
Gluten Free Creamsicle Jello Mold from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
This Creamsicle Jello mold is a no-bake recipe that is sure to be a hit at any party or potluck. Gelatin molds are classic vintage recipes and this one is also one of the best gluten-free no bake recipes in my recipe box and one of the gluten free spring recipes I love to make! With no box mixes here, there’s nothing more fun, pretty, or totally retro than cubes of fresh orange juice gelatin seemingly floating in a sea of wobbly vanilla ice cream. See how good it is for yourself by making this recipe!
Marshmallow Jello Pinwheels from Raining Hot Coupons
This snack is a fun one that is super kid friendly and easy to make. Even sweeter, it only takes 3 ingredients (gelatin, marshmallows and water)! You may already have these ingredients at home and if so, I definitely recommend making these! You can use any flavor or color you want… I like making them for the kiddos Birthday parties so for Miley, I will make the pink ones and for the boys, I like to make blue and green. This recipe is so fun and easy to make! Enjoy!
Strawberry Jello Parfait from Family Fresh Meals
This classy dessert looks fancy, but it’s actually very simple to make. You just save part of the Jello mix to blend with your whipped topping, so you have pink strawberry whip to layer on top of the chilled Jello. And because you set the glasses on an angle to chill, you end up with cool diagonal layers that look much more spiffy than flat ones. You can top it with fresh strawberries or, if you like, just put a dollop of plain Cool Whip on top. Either way, it’s a romantic little dessert. You can find the easy jello parfait recipe here.
Shark Tank Jello from Lady Behind the Curtain
Celebrate Shark Week with this fun Shark Tank Jello! Your kids can have all kinds of fun with these fun treats. Perfect for a pool party, shark theme or beach party. It is really easy and you can make them in inexpensive jars. Follow the easy Jello recipe here.
Creamy Raspberry Jello Salad recipe from Jamie Cooks it up
I have a great little jello salad recipe for you. It could really almost be a dessert. Canned pears are blended with cream cheese, raspberry jello, cool whip…seems tasty, yes? A dear friend brought this tasty treasure to me a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t get enough. The color is so inviting, the texture creamy and the flavor sweet and wonderful. It’s a fun twist on regular jello. Make it in a 9×13 pan, or pour it into individual cups for a personal touch. Find the full jello salad recipe here!
Birds Milk Jello Recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen
If you wanted something easy, fun and pretty to make for Christmas – try this Birds Milk Jello recipe. It’s Vera’s famous ptichiye moloko recipe (bird’s milk); a layer of creamy mousse topped with raspberry jello (don’t worry, I’m wrapping up my bird’s milk spree). I hope you enjoy this super easy and fancy dessert, recipe found here.
7Up Lime Jello Salad from Tastes of Lizzy
Strawberry Jello Angel Food Cake from 12 Tomatoes
If you’re going to go ahead and judge a cake by its outward appearance — maybe by its smooth frosting, or piped flowers, or delicate chocolate drizzle — then this probably isn’t the cake for you. However, if you’re going to judge a cake by it’s actual merits — by its irresistible flavor, by the ease of its preparation, by the nostalgic comfort it provides — well then, you’ve just found the cake of your dreams, and you can find the recipe here.
Broken Glass Jello Salad from Just Jenn Recipes
Jello is an absolute must on the dessert table. It’s light, pretty and jiggly. In Hawaii it’s known as Broken Glass Jello, but recipes can also be found with the name Stained Glass Jello. Either way, this beautiful dish is always a crowd pleaser.This gorgeous jello only looks like a lot of work, but in just a few steps you’ll have delightful little cubes of flavorful jello in no time. I’ve even used primary colors to make Lego Block Jello for a kids party. The colors and flavor options are endless! This is the perfect party food, easy to pick up and fun to eat. I guarantee your guests will be impressed! Find all you need to get started here.
Creamy Lime Jello Pie from The Spruce Eats
When you want something cool and refreshing that takes no time at all, this lime Jello Cool Whip pie is the perfect dessert. It’s great for parties and dinners, and it’s so easy, the kids could make it themselves. It isn’t really an adequate substitute for key lime pie, but it has a similar sweet-tart flavor. Check out the recipe here!
Blueberry Cream Cheese Jello Salad from Jamie Cooks it up
This Blueberry Cream Cheese Jello Salad has been a staple at our Thanksgiving dinner for years and years. The flavors of blueberry and cream cheese go so nicely with turkey and gravy. You can find out how to make this simple but delicious dessert here.
Lego Jello from Cute DIY Projects
LEGOs are great – as long as you do not forget them on the floor and accidentally step on them, for that can be super painful! We all used to have our own LEGOs to build different things as children, but as we grew up, we started to become more… practical. This is how we invented the LEGO gummy candy! Here is how you can make your own, at home.
Any Flavor Jello Roll Ups from One Little Project
I don’t know about your kids, but mine LOVE making Jello. I think it must be all the brightly coloured boxes they get to choose from? But they’ve been getting tired of regular old jello lately. You know how it goes – begging you to make it and then refusing to eat it once it’s made. So I was really excited when I came across this recipe for Jello Roll-Ups because 1. It’s Jello – and they love making Jello – and 2. It’s a novel new specialty item they’ll be excited to eat because they get to *brace yourself*, unroll it with their fingers! Find out how here!
Layered lemon Jello Cups from the First Year Blog
Our jello cup craze all started with these layered strawberry jello cups which we shared for Valentine’s Day. I thought they were going to be more of a seasonal thing people come to the blog for, but ever since I shared the recipe, it’s still one of the top 3 recipes people are coming for each day! So if the people like jello, I will give them more jello! Here is how to make these delicious Layered Lemon Jello Cups!
Root Beer Float Jello from Pint Sized Baker
These no-melt Root Beer Float Jello treats are sure to be a summer favorite! All the flavors you love without a huge mess. Do you every have one of those days where you’d rather scrub the kitchen floors and clean and bathrooms instead of doing the work that you’re supposed to be taking care of? That’s the kind of day that I have been having. However, don’t worry, there was actually no cleaning accomplished today. I took a nap instead – lol! You see, you can totally make this root beer float jello and take a nap! There’s some downtime between layers, so you can doze while you make dessert. Win-Win! Find out how here!
Watermelon Jello Jigglers from Tornadough Alli
With summertime fast approaching I figured it would be fun to have one of our favorite summertime treats turned into a jello jiggler! Say hello to these fun Watermelon Jello Jigglers! Now I’m going to be straight up with you guys here, this isn’t one of those recipes that is just super easy to throw together. It takes a little while for the jello layers to set up, there are 3…the skin, the rind and the actual watermelon person. So here is a simple kid friendly recipe; simple BUT a little time consuming and delicate.
Strawberry Flan Jello Cake from Living Sweet Moments
This decadent Strawberry Flan Jello Cake Recipe is a 3 in 1, a cake and flan encased in a refreshing jello shell. A showstopper dessert for any occasion. In one bite you will get 3 different cakes, 3 different textures, and 3 different flavors! Just because this 3-1 dessert looks amazing, it doesn’t mean that is super difficult to make or that it requires expertise skills as a baker. On the contrary, this recipe is SOOO easy.
How do you make jello layers?
Making Jello layers is much more simple than it seems, it just takes some time. You prepare your bottom layer first, by dissolving the package in boiling water, stirring in cold water, and putting it in the pan or container of your choosing. You refrigerate it until it’s almost set, usually about 45 minutes. Next you prepare your next layer the same way and gently spoon it over the first layer, then refrigerate for 45 minutes. You repeat until you have all the layers you desire.
Can Jello melt?
Yes, jello can melt. It loses it’s firmness slowly at room temperature and quickly on hot days. It melts completely at 95 degrees.
Where do you buy Jello?
You can usually buy Jello at your local grocery store, like Walmart, Kroger or Target. I am able to find the largest variety of jello at Walmart. Jello is almost always in the baking aisle. It commonly found around cookie mixes, cake mixes, and brownie mixes. You can also buy Jello online, if you’d prefer.
How long does it take for Jello to set?
Basic jello will set in about 3-4 hours. If you’re using jello for a salad or other type of recipe, it will likely set in 2-4 hours. Thin layers of jello set in about 2 hours.