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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Broken Glass Jello

My five-year old was on the snack committee for the Halloween party at school this week.  To ensure that a bunch of kids didn't bring in the same or similar snacks, we were assigned a specific snack to bring.

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed when I read on our paper the words "Finger Jello."

I have never been a huge fan of eating Jello.  And, I had only attempted finger jello once years ago and it was a flop!

I reluctantly threw some boxes of purple and orange jello in the cart at the grocery store the other day (trying to keep with the Halloween theme and all) ... and figured I would just make a "two-colored Halloween layer jello thingy," then cut it into little cubes after it was set up. 

(Yes, that was what I was calling it in my mind ... sounded legit!)

But, I felt like I was copping out by not planning to put much effort into it, so I started looking online a few days before the dreaded "Finger Jello" had to be produced to my daughter's fellow goblins classmates. 

And, looky looky what I came up with! 

Aren't they boo!-tiful! (wink!)  Of course, you can adapt the colors/flavors to fit any holiday or special occasion.

I did have to run back to the store to pick up one additional color (green) and I needed some unflavored gelatin packets.  But, I am way super glad that I went this route and didn't just do regular jello cubes. 

I will mention (before you proceed full-steam ahead to make this) that you need two days (no exceptions) for this to turn out correctly.  The first day is when you'll make the individual flavors/colors of jello in little containers (I did three).  These will need to set up overnight.  The second day is when you will cut the jello into little cubes, place in a large dish and pour over the white mixture.  Then, it will need to set up another time overnight.

Also, please note that only one cup of water per jello packet is called for in this recipe ... do not use the two cups called for on the jello box!  You need the jello very firm.  And, using half of the water amount achieves this!

Now, on to the recipe.  (And, by the way ... this recipe is, also, sometimes called "Mosaic Jello.")


Ingredients:

4 small boxes of jello (3 oz. each) in different colors (I did two orange, one purple and one green)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
Water

Directions:

Dissolve each box of jello separately, using just one cup of boiling water per 3 oz. pack.



Pour into individual containers and allow to cool for about 15 minutes on the counter before placing in fridge to chill and set up overnight.  (Cover with a lid or plastic wrap.)


The next day cut the flavors of jello into small blocks with a small, sharp knife.  Remove from containers (I find using a rubber spatula works the best for this).


Layer together carefully (to distribute colors evenly) in a glass 9 × 13 pan.

(Just pretend that I remembered to take a photo of the cubes in the pan before pouring in the white mixture!)

In a separate bowl, dissolve 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin in 2 cups very hot water. Let cool a bit and stir in the sweetened condensed milk. Cool to room temperature and pour cooled milk mixture over jello cubes.  Kind of press down on the cubes to get as many as possible under the white liquid.


Chill overnight.

Cut into desired sizes.  Keep cold until ready to serve.



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