Friday, August 1, 2014

Broken Glass Jello

I know I haven't posted much lately; I've been very busy with long term house guests, a birthday party, the garden, animals and getting ready for the upcoming school year!  I will be starting my new teaching position in exactly two weeks and can't believe its time already!  This summer has flown by!
I made this AWESOME jello for Mr. J's birthday party.  I found the recipe from Food Librarian and have been meaning to try it for a long time now.  I'm sure you could even do a version of this with my Peppermint Martini Jello Shots; only for an adult party of course!

I doubled the recipe so we got to pick out 8 flavors of jello instead of 4; and we ended up with two 9 x 13 pans of this fun stuff!  It was great; and the cool thing is that you can use any flavors/colors of jello you like!  

I think it would be really neat to make for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, St. Patricks day, etc!  The possibilities are endless!  Enjoy!

-4 (3 oz.) boxes of jello, any flavors you like
-4 cups + 1 1/2 cups boiling water
-2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
-1/2 cup cold water
-14 oz. sweetened condensed milk

Day 1:
1. Mix each 3 oz. box of jello with 1 cup boiling water.
*Tip: start with the lightest color of jello and work to the darkest; then you don't have to wash or rinse the container between mixing.
2. Pour each jello mixture into its own flat container.
*I used the small Glad plastic containers, which are about 5 1/2 inch square and hold 3 1/8 cups each.
3. Cover containers and refrigerate until firm.  {Do this at least 2 days in advance.}
Day 2:
4. Prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish for jello by spraying it with non-stick spray {this will help the plastic wrap stay in place}, then place a long sheet of plastic wrap into the pan, press the corners down so the wrap is completely stuck to the pan.
5. Cut each container of jello into "squares", they don't have to be perfect or even straight.
6. Use a spoon or your clean fingers to remove the jello from the containers.  Place all of the jello squares into the prepared 9 x 13 dish.
*Tip: I found that setting each container of jello in a shallow dish of warm water just before cutting and removing helped a lot.
7. Sprinkle both envelopes of unflavored gelatin over the 1/2 cup cold water and allow gelatin to bloom.  Let gelatin bloom for about 5 minutes; this will ensure your jello has a nice smooth texture.
8. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of boiling water to the gelatin mixture and dissolve completely.
9. Add sweetened condensed milk to the dissolved gelatin and let set until cooled to around room temperature.  
{Don't put it in the fridge to cool it down or it could set up and you'd have a large mass of white jello!}
10. Pour the cooled milk/gelatin mixture evenly over the jello squares.
11. Cover and refrigerate the jello overnight.  

Day 3 or Serving Day:
12. Use the plastic wrap to lift out jello or flip the pan onto a large cutting board.  Cut into squares. 
{You could even cut using fun shaped cookie cutters and treat yourself or the kids to the scrap pieces.}

I'm telling you, its totally worth trying.  My dad doesn't like jello and he really liked this, he said it was kind of like ice cream.  ENJOY! Print Friendly and PDF

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