15 Vintage Jell-O Desserts That Are Due for a Comeback

squares of Broken Window Glass, a Jell-O based dessert
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If you found a stack of old Ladies' Home Journal magazines in your grandmother's (or great grandmother's!) attic, you wouldn't have to page through too many issues before coming across a recipe for a fabulously cool and colorful Jell-O dessert. And what isn't to love? These no-bake Jell-O desserts tick all the boxes: they're easy to make, budget friendly, and full of retro charm. Peruse these 15 recipes, buy your favorite box of Jell-O, and steal the show at any event -- from a family reunion to a backyard barbeque with friends.

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Heavenly Raspberry Dessert

heavenly raspberry dessert, a Jell-O dessert set in a decorative mold

Jell-O is blended with chunks of angel food cake, raspberries, and whipped cream, then set in a Bundt pan or mold of your choice. The result is truly heavenly! "My mother made this for us, when I was young, in the 50's and 60's. This is like my childhood, only better," says reviewer Lorraine.

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Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake

a square slice of strawberry lemonade poke cake

Little known fact: Jell-O actually invented the poke cake to revive sagging sales. Nowadays you're just as likely to find poke cake recipes with Jell-O as you are without, but here's the real deal... a gorgeous lemony cake with strawberry Jell-O in every bite!

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Sparkling Orange Cream Pie

sparkling orange pie, made with orange Jell-O
Rainbow Jewels

If you grew up loving Creamsicles or couldn't leave the mall without stopping at Orange Julius, this Jell-O pie is for you. A perfect combination of creaminess and citrusy goodness, this is a pie for orange lovers. Mandarin oranges, orange Jell-O, and even orange soda all go into the layers that set atop a graham cracker crust.

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Mother's Whipped Lime Dessert

six dessert glasses of whipped lime dessert on a coffee table in front of a brown leather sofa

According to recipe submitter Cookn Gma, whose mother made this dessert during WWII when sugar was rationed, this light-as-air Jell-O dessert is especially good after a heavy meal. The recipe is bringing back memories for many in the Allrecipes community, like home cook JUMBUX: "I have been looking for this recipe for years I just couldn't quite remember it. My Mum made it for us as kids and it is light, fluffy, very inexpensive and yummy."

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Fish Egg Salad

tapioca and Jell-o set in a ridged bundt pan

When tapioca pearls combine with Jell-O in a decorative mold, you know you're in for the ultimate retro treat! Use raspberry Jell-O as suggested, or go for almost any flavor you'd like. While the end result neither contains fish eggs nor looks like a salad, one thing is for certain: it's intriguingly delicious!

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a classic English trifle with strawberries in a glass dish

This is the classic English trifle that features layers of sponge cake, Jell-O, fruit, and whipped cream. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the flavors of Jell-O and types of fruit you use, so have fun and use whatever you fancy!

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Fluffy Strawberry Pie

Fluffy Strawberry Pie on a plate with sliced strawberries

A perfectly pink strawberry pie featuring loads of fresh strawberries, Cool Whip, and -- of course -- Jell-O. "Made this after we picked strawberries with the kids. I had too many strawberries and was looking for some fast and easy no bake recipes. This was perfect. It was so refreshing and yummy," says reviewer jahudka77.

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Stained Glass Gelatin Cake

a slice of stained glass jello cake

This gorgeous recipe for stained glass Jell-O cake uses five different flavors of Jell-O along with plain powdered gelatin in a vanilla-flavored base of condensed milk and heavy cream. The result is as pretty to look at as it is delicious to eat!

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Broken Window Glass

squares of Broken Window Glass, a Jell-O based dessert

Another Jell-O dessert with a stained glass effect, this one calls for the addition of pineapple juice for a tropical undertone and Cool Whip for creaminess. Recipe creator Joan R suggests pouring this over a graham cracker crust instead of straight into a mold for variety. Once set, you can top with more Cool Whip or whipped cream for an eye-catching finish!

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Freda's Cherry Supreme Salad

a slice of cherry supreme salad, a Jell-O based dessert

Freda's famous cherry supreme has garnered dozens of glowing reviews and is sure to be the hit of any family gathering. Cream cheese, mayonnaise, and Jell-O are the secret ingredients to this salad that eats like a dessert; try whizzing it all up in a blender to make prep extra easy.

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Rainbow Salad

Rainbow Salad

Perhaps the ultimate Jell-O treat when it comes to retro vibes, this recipe results in a beautifully layered dessert featuring every color of the rainbow, and then some!

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Orange Party Cake

orange cake made with orange Jell-O

Recipe submitter Janice's grandmother made this at every family gathering for 25 years. The orange Jell-O is added right to the cake batter for a delicious citrus twist. Try adding mandarin orange segments in between the cake layers for even more retro flair. All the five-star reviewers rave not only about the cake, but how easy it is to make.

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Strawberry Fluff

a big glass bowl of pink strawberry fluff
Pam C

IYKYK... fluff isn't a salad bar or deli counter staple across the entire country, but if you grew up where it is, then you know the beauty of this Jell-O cloud of a dessert. Cottage cheese is the ingredient that you might not expect, but that adds that creaminess and texture that fluff should never be without. While this recipe calls for a strawberry flavor profile, once you're a fluff convert you'll surely want to experiment with different combos of Jell-O flavors and fruit.

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Raspberry Icebox Cake

Raspberry Icebox Cake

A beautiful no-bake cake with a graham cracker crust topped with layers of raspberries and Jell-O, marshmallows, and whipped cream. This is welcome any time of year, but especially perfect for summer when it's too hot to turn on the oven.

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Pineapple Cheese Pie

a slice of pineapple cheese pie on a blue plate

Pineapple Jell-O helps set this tropical-tasting pie that is reminiscent of a light no-bake cheesecake. "I made this for a dinner party and the hostess asked for the recipe! It was a hit! Very fluffy and perfect for summer. Not overpoweringly sweet but decievingly rich so cut small slices," says a five-star review from home cook LORIGARBER.

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More Inspiration

side view of a dessert made in a springform pan showing the layers of pretzel crust, cream cheese layer, and strawberry gelatin and fresh strawberry topping
Sarah Waltrip

Whether you love Jell-O or can't get enough retro inspo in the kitchen, we have loads more to explore:

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