Don't wait until the last minute to make this recipe. Each layer has to set before the next one is added.

Recipe Summary

prep:
1 hr 10 mins
additional:
5 hrs 15 mins
total:
6 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
1 - 9x13 inch dish
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Coat a 9x13 inch dish with cooking spray.

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  • Dissolve one package of gelatin in 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir in 3/4 cup cold water. Spoon into pan and refrigerate until almost set, 45 minutes.

  • Dissolve another package of gelatin in 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir in 1/2 cup cold water and 1/2 cup evaporated milk. Spoon over first layer and refrigerate until almost set, 45 minutes.

  • Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all gelatin is used. Just before serving, top with whipped topping.

Nutrition Facts

189 calories; protein 4g 8% DV; carbohydrates 34.8g 11% DV; fat 3.7g 6% DV; cholesterol 6.1mg 2% DV; sodium 106.2mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (79)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2008
Great recipe - fun to make. One tip: if you are going to plate your jello out of a mold, make sure to spray or oil the plate that you turn it out on. I lost my 7th layer because it stuck to the plate. Might be a no-brainer for you - but it never occurred to me. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(113)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/17/2009
I made this in a trifle dish for my sister's colorful wedding. It was beautiful and tasty but I'm only rating the recipe three stars because I had major trouble with the directions. I ended up having to throw my first attempt out because despite following the directions exactly the layers melted one another and formed one big black unappetizing layer. My second attempt however I decided to stir in 3/4 cups of ice cubes instead of the water to bring down the temperature of the gelatin before adding it to the solid layers. That worked MUCH better. I also let them solidify for a full 60 minutes instead of 45. I read on the internet that there might be problems with letting them completely solidify because the layers may end up separating when they are unmolded but I had no problems with that (of course I didn't "unmold" the layers because they were in a trifle dish...but when dishing out the layers they adhered perfectly). Read More
(26)
94 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 58
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2008
Great recipe - fun to make. One tip: if you are going to plate your jello out of a mold, make sure to spray or oil the plate that you turn it out on. I lost my 7th layer because it stuck to the plate. Might be a no-brainer for you - but it never occurred to me. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(113)
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2007
This dessert is so wonderful! To add additional flavor, I add fruit to the jello/evaporated milk mixture and put it in the blender (i.e. mandarin oranges to orange jello, crushed pineapple to lemon and strawberries to strawberry jello.) My kids love it! Read More
(76)
Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2004
I personally do not care for any kind of gelatin so I find it amazing that I love this! I used strawberry, grape, berry blue, orange, cherry, apricot, raspberry from bottom to top, how awesome!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2009
I've made this for over 20 years but I use sour cream instead of the evaporated milk. Use to take me hours to make it till I starte putting each layer in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Don't leave it in the freezer too long or the layers won't stick to each other. Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2006
We happen to like Jell-O at my house so this is quite fun. I'm not really fond of the evaporated milk layers though and the trick is to pick several flavors that will taste nice together...if I did this again I'd probably pick 2 flavors and layer them. I also didn't have space in my 13x9 pan for a 7th layer...not without sloshing it all over anyway. Read More
(28)
Rating: 3 stars
08/17/2009
I made this in a trifle dish for my sister's colorful wedding. It was beautiful and tasty but I'm only rating the recipe three stars because I had major trouble with the directions. I ended up having to throw my first attempt out because despite following the directions exactly the layers melted one another and formed one big black unappetizing layer. My second attempt however I decided to stir in 3/4 cups of ice cubes instead of the water to bring down the temperature of the gelatin before adding it to the solid layers. That worked MUCH better. I also let them solidify for a full 60 minutes instead of 45. I read on the internet that there might be problems with letting them completely solidify because the layers may end up separating when they are unmolded but I had no problems with that (of course I didn't "unmold" the layers because they were in a trifle dish...but when dishing out the layers they adhered perfectly). Read More
(26)
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2003
This recipe is a lot of fun! My children ask for it constantly and look forward to times when we have to bring a dessert to make it! Its also a good idea to add fruit to some of the layers. Read More
(25)
Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2009
This was a very pretty gelatin salad. I wanted to make it in my jello mold so I poured half of each batch of liquid gelatin into the mold and the other half into a greased loaf pan. This worked perfectly! The gelatin looked great and tasted great also! Thanks for sharing! Read More
(23)
Rating: 4 stars
09/29/2008
We have been making this for years. The only difference is instead of evaporated milk we mix in coolwhip or icecream (for the cold water part. Makes a nice sweet creamy jello! Hope that helps those of you who dont like the evaporated milk idea. Read More
(19)
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