A hit with kids and those young at heart. My childhood neighbor made it our block party and now, even though I have moved far away, I still make it with fond memories...it just isn't Fourth of July without it! I have seen similar recipes where the white layer is made with sour cream or whipped topping, but this one uses sweetened condensed milk...easy and delicious!

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place cherry gelatin mix into a heatproof bowl, stir in 1 packet of unflavored gelatin, and mix with 2 cups of boiling water, stirring until the gelatin has dissolved and the mixture is clear, about 2 minutes. Pour into the bottom of a 9x13 rectangular glass baking dish. Place in refrigerator until completely cold and set, about 1 hour.

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  • Sprinkle 4 packets of unflavored gelatin onto 1 cup of boiling water in a heatproof bowl, allow to stand for about 3 minutes, and stir until dissolved; mix in the sweetened condensed milk. Allow to cool but not thicken, about 10 minutes; gently pour into a layer on top of the cherry layer. Return to refrigerator and allow to chill completely, about 1 more hour.

  • Place blue raspberry gelatin mix and 1 packet of unflavored gelatin into a heatproof bowl, and mix with 2 cups of boiling water, stirring until the blue gelatin is clear, about 2 minutes. Allow to stand and cool but not thicken, about 10 minutes; gently pour onto the white layer. Chill in refrigerator until the dessert is firm and cold, about 1 hour. To serve, cut into squares.

Nutrition Facts

110 calories; 5.2 g protein; 21 g carbohydrates; 5.6 mg cholesterol; 79.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/06/2011
I made this jello for the 4th of July and it turned out perfectly. I would give it 5 stars, except that I was concerned because the list of ingredients and the directions did not match up. The red and blue layer called for 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin in the list of ingredients, but the directions said to add 1 packet for each layer. What to do?? I went with the directions and used 2 packets for each of those layers and yes, it did turn out firm - but it looked perfect and served up beautifully like finger jello - the kids loved it - I would absolutely make it again - it may become a 4th of july standard in my home. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/04/2011
It looked great but was disappointed it had to much unflavored gelatin in it. It was chewy more like finger jello not what I was looking for. Next time I would leave out the unflavored gelatin or cut back on it. Read More
(18)
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
07/06/2011
I made this jello for the 4th of July and it turned out perfectly. I would give it 5 stars, except that I was concerned because the list of ingredients and the directions did not match up. The red and blue layer called for 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin in the list of ingredients, but the directions said to add 1 packet for each layer. What to do?? I went with the directions and used 2 packets for each of those layers and yes, it did turn out firm - but it looked perfect and served up beautifully like finger jello - the kids loved it - I would absolutely make it again - it may become a 4th of july standard in my home. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/04/2011
It looked great but was disappointed it had to much unflavored gelatin in it. It was chewy more like finger jello not what I was looking for. Next time I would leave out the unflavored gelatin or cut back on it. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2012
I made this tonight for 4th of July tomorrow. I love the way it looks but haven't tried it yet! I sprayed a little cooking oil on the glass dish so it should come out easier when I cut it into squares. I plan to use whip cream on the top with a strawberry just to make it pretty and festive. I used only half a pack of unflavored gelatin with the colored jello. I used one full pack with the white. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2016
This looked great and the "jiggler" style cubes were perfect for little hands. My colors didn't run I followed the directions and used the 4 packets of unflavored gelatin in the sweetened condensed milk. One commented their white layer was tan. Be sure your scm is a fresh can since it darkens with age. If fresh it turns into a nice white layer. I had no issues with the layers adhering to each other. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2014
I remember this from when I was a kid - my mom used the sweetened condensed milk (not cream) version as well. Still pretty good! The way the recipe is written will yield 3 layers not the 6 shown in photos. Also the amount of unflavored gelatin added with the cherry and blue raspberry JellO differs between the recipe (2 packets) and the instructions (1). I used the 2 packets per JellO flavor and this stuff set up very firm - finger JellO (jigglers) is a great way to describe it. I'd also consider spraying the bottom of your 13x9 pan with non stick spray; while mine wasn't necessarily difficult to remove I did leave some chunks of red JellO in the bottom of the pan. Overall fun and easy to make and visually impressive! (Especially if you aren't lazy like me and do more than 3 layers.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2016
Tried this for a Birthday Party everyone loved it. I used 1 packet (unflavoured gelatine) with the flavoured ones and then used two packets for the condence milk. It wasn't to stiff and we loved that it was to sweet either. I will sure me making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2019
I made this for our community senior center. Topped it with whipped cream and fresh strawberries and blueberries. It was well received. The only thing is the unflavored gelatin should be placed in cold water not hot. The hot water made it clump. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/01/2015
Unfortunately the middle layer (condensed milk) did not adhere well to the 1st layer of jello. It cooled off too fast! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2014
The taste was pretty good but it's just an okay dish. Jell-O is Jell-O but this dish is not something I would want again. Read More
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