Make broken glass jello! Whether you call this fun dessert stained glass bars, stained glass gelatin, broken glass jello or sea glass jello, you’ll love this versatile, easy recipe. Don’t miss out on learning how to make stained glass jello! It’s fast, delicious, and the perfect patriotic dessert or made to suit for any celebrations or a tasty weekend or weeknight treat.
For those of you that follow this blog, you know how much I LOVE jello and have for my entire life. This wonderfully easy broken glass jello recipe is the perfect way to celebrate July 4th with red and blue jello. Of course, you can use whatever colors you desire for your celebration at any time of year.
It’s pretty cool looking, right? I love how it really does showcase the patriotic pride of that red, white, and blue coloring while pairing it with the texture and taste of Jello that I love. It’s creamy and cool with those fun pops of flavor and color.
I’ve been making this broken glass gelatin recipe for years for Independence Day and also for those random moments when I just want to make it and eat it. I love how fast and easy it is and it’s just so much fun to cool.
The first time I shared this stained glass jello cake with my family and friends, they looked at me as though I’d created an amazing work of art! To say they were impressed was an understatement and it was literally gone just a few moments.
Broken Glass Jello with Whipped Topping
If you’re looking for a refreshing dessert that has loads of flavor and taste, I really can’t say anything negative about this tasty sea glass jello. It’s fast and delicious and I just love how it really does give off that stained glass look.
The added color chunks of Jello give it such a fun, sweet boost that a lot of people really don’t expect either. And if you want to eat it as I do, it really helps to savor every bite.
I love to eat around this broken glass jello cake, to eat out all the Jello bites. I save the rest of the red, white, and blue dessert for after that. It’s a fun way to change it up and get so much flavor!
What is Stained Glass Jello
Stained glass Jello is what North Americans call the popular Spanish dessert, gelatina de mosaico, or mosaic gelatin. It’s wildly popular in Mexico and Brazil, however, it’s not known if it’s actually from either of those places. In fact, no one seems to know where exactly it came from. We only know that it’s delicious.
Traditionally, this dessert uses milk-based gelatin and fruit juice-based gelatin, however, there are other variations. It’s prepared by combining different cubes of flavored gelatin with a blended mixture of unflavored gelatin and milk, usually sweetened condensed milk.
There are multiple ways of preparing the dessert. It can use a single flavor or multiple flavors, use simple shapes or elaborate designs like flowers, hearts, or butterflies, and sometimes fresh fruit is added. in Mexico, lime and strawberry are the most common flavors, their green and red colors combined with the white milk gelatin represent the Mexican flag.
My version of this popular recipe uses whipped topping in place of the milk and gelatin, and it’s so, so good. I prefer making it this way because I have a massive sweet tooth, and I love the extra sweetness that the whipped topping provides.
Ingredients Needed to Make Broken Glass Jello
Luckily, you just need a handful of ingredients to make this delicious treat. All you need is a few different kinds of gelatin cold water, some juice, and whipped topping. You’ll more than likely have most of these things in your kitchen already! I promise—it’s so easy!
- 2 packages (3 ounces each) blue gelatin
- 6 cups boiling water, divided
- 2 packages (3 ounces each) red gelatin
- 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
- ⅓ cup cold water
- 1-½ cups white grape juice
- 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
Super simple and easy peasy, right? Go ahead and grab double the ingredients as you’re going to eat this one quick and be ready for another round of broken glass bars!
How to Make Broken Glass Gelatin
Are you ready to find out how to make the easiest Jello dessert recipe, ever? Just follow the simple tips below to get started on this broken glass gelatin recipe.
Dissolve the Jello to make stained glass bars
Make certain that you do a good job of mixing the water and Jello. The water needs to be hot, so be careful with it. After it’s well mixed, you need to put it in the fridge for four hours or until it firms up really well.
Don’t forget the grape juice
Yep, grape juice! A little bit of fruit juice adds a natural sweetness to the broken glass jello recipe.
Cut up the gelatin into cubes
Do your best to cut up the Jello into cubes. They’re more than likely going to be a bunch of different sizes but as uniform as possible is best.
This does take some time in the fridge so be patient. It’s worth it!
This broken glass jello recipe has always turned out perfectly every time I’ve made it and I just find that I’m quite addicted to the flavor. I love the creamy combination of the whipped topping with the cubed bites of the jello.
It makes my taste buds and my tummy quite happy!
Can You Freeze This Stained Glass Bars Gelatin Dessert?
I wouldn’t. With the different textures of the whipped topping and the Jello, it’s not going to freeze very well at all. And when it does unthaw, it’s going to cause it to possibly have a totally different texture than you’re going for.
How to Store Leftover Stained Glass Bars
The great part about this dessert is that if you do have any leftovers, you just have to pop it in the fridge for later. It’ll stay nice and refreshing until you’re ready for your next piece. (Which is likely going to be very soon!)
Tips for Making Broken Glass Jello
Okay, it’s not REALLY broken glass, but you get what I’m going for, right?
While there aren’t a lot of steps to this broken glass jello recipe, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Be certain that your water is hot enough to really dissolve the jello. If you don’t, it will create that “interesting” texture that sometimes comes from jello not being cooked all the way. (It still tastes good, but it’s different.)
Also, you’re really going to want to pay attention to the times that you need to let it set up in the fridge. This is important so that the cubes of jello hold their shape.
Can You Vary Up This Patriotic Sea Glass Jello Recipe At All?
For sure. There are always ways to vary up recipes!
You can change up the coloring and flavor of the jello for different times of the year. This is obviously great for Memorial Day and the 4th of July, but you can use pink and purple and any other colors for birthday fun, too!
I’ve never tried it before but I would also think that added in drained fruit cocktail to this sea glass jello dessert would create a super delicious texture and flavor as well.
Just be certain to get rid of as much liquid as you possibly can before folding it in.
I can’t wait to hear what you think of these delicious stained glass bars! It’s such a fun flavor and the texture of jello really takes it over the top! So refreshing!!
This sea glass jello recipe is best served simply with just a spoon and a plate or bowl. It’s absolutely perfect just as it is. So with this recipe, it’s not so much about how to serve it as when. And the good news is that any time is a great time to serve this recipe.
As you’ve seen in this post, I used patriotic colors that make this broken glass Jello recipe perfect for patriotic holidays. However, you can change the flavors to reflect almost any holiday.
Use orange jello and a bit of black food coloring in your whipped topping, and you have a great Halloween treat.
christmas broken glass jello dessert
Use red and green Jello along with the whipped topping, and you have yourself a great Christmas dessert.
All it takes is changing the colors to create a dessert that’s perfect for literally any get-together!
Storing Broken Glass Jello
This recipe uses both Jello and whipped topping, so of course, it should be refrigerated. It will last in the fridge in an air-tight container for about three days.
After three days, the Jello will begin to break down too much and become watery. Of course, this leads to a soggy mess that isn’t very tasty! So be sure to eat it all before then.
You can’t freeze this sea glass jello recipe recipe. While whipped topping freezes well, Jello is another story. You’ll end up with a very odd texture and flavor if you try freezing this stained glass gelatin, so just scarf it all down quickly.
I know, I know. It’s a bummer to have to eat all that deliciousness, but I know you can do it! But on the plus side that means you get to eat more stained glass gelatin. So, I consider it a win!
The Only Glass You Should Ever Eat
This stained glass Jello recipe is so easy to make, and it tastes so good! In fact, the most difficult part of this recipe is simply allowing things to cool to the right temperature so everything comes together the right way, and that in itself is quite easy.
You’ll be amazed at how delicious and easy these stained glass bars is to make, but you won’t be amazed at how popular it will be. It has all the great flavors of Jello and whipped topping that everyone loves.
You’ll always have guests and family begging for more stained glass gelatin each and every time you make it. Give it a try, and get ready for one easy treat that is absolutely delicious every time.
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How to Make Stained Glass Jello
- 2 pkgs (3 oz) blue gelatin
- 6 cups boiling water divided
- 2 pkgs (3 oz) red gelatin
- 2 pkgs unflavored gelatin
- ⅓ cup cold water
- 1 ½ cups white grape juice
- 1 carton (12 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
- Get out and measure all of your ingredients.
- In a mixing bowl, dissolve blue gelatin in 3 cups boiling water. Stir until dissolved.
- Pour into an 8 x 8 inch dish coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate for 4 hours or very firm and totally set.
- In another bowl, dissolve red gelatin in remaining boiling water. Stir until dissolved.
- Pour into another 8-in. square dish coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate for 4 hours or very firm and totally set.
- Slice blue and red gelatin into ¾ inch. cubes approximately. Set aside 7 or 8 cubes of each color as a garnish.
- In a small saucepan, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over cold water and allow to stand for 1 minute. Add grape juice. Over low heat, stir until gelatin is totally dissolved. Pour into a large bowl and refrigerate for an hour or starting to thicken up.
- Once totally cool, fold in the whipped topping.
- Next, place 2 cups of the whipped topping mixture into a bowl and fold in half of your cubes.
- Spread whipped topping mixture into a 13 x 9 inch dish coated with cooking spray. Fold remaining cubes into remaining whipped topping mixture and spread over top of bottom layer. Sprinkle with all of your reserved gelatin cubes. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.
- Cut into squares when ready to serve. Enjoy every bite!