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How to Make American Flag Jello

Posted June 30, 2014 by Stephanie
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Do you guys like jello? I have super awesome memories of jello as a kid. All the parties had jello at the dessert table. And it wasn’t just any jello – it was rainbow jello! I used to peel apart the layers and eat them one by one, much to the dismay of my mom, who would always act like I was some sort of heathen child playing with her food. Which, okay, I was (playing with my food that is, not being a heathen).

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out of the loaf pan and into the…onto the cutting board.

I don’t really know what happened to jello as a dessert. It could be because I grew up or maybe it’s because it’s not the eighties anymore, but jello doesn’t seem to have the same cachet now as it did back then. I still love it though. There’s no other dessert out there that’s as jiggly or artificially brightly colored as jello. Because it’s so moldable, you can do wondrous things with it, like make American flags!

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To be honest, I set out to make Canadian flags (tomorrow is Canada Day), but the maple leaf proved too elusive. Maple leafs are kind of hard to free style with a knife. After the maple leaf fail I moved on to the American flag, since the Fourth is on Friday.

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if you can’t be bothered to make flags, simple layers achieve the same effect.

The American flag was a totally breeze, with a bit of tweaking. At first I thought I could make all the flags in one pan (like this), but when I was trying to unmold, the whole thing feel apart. So I figured it would be best to make individual flags in mini loaf pans. They turned out awesome and were much easier to handle than a big sheet.

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Sure, making layered jello takes some time (it’s all down time though – you can pretty much do whatever you like while the jello’s setting up), but I think it’s totally worth it. These guys are perfect for the 4th of July. Happy jello-ing and happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians and happy 4th to all my American friends!

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made this gif because photos of loaf pans that aren’t see-through look like…loaf pans.

American Flag Jello Recipe
makes 2 mini loaf pans, 16 flag slices

  • 1 3-ounce package blue jello
  • 1 6-ounce package red jello
  • 1 3-ounce package red jello
  • 4 tablespoons unflavoured gelatin (4 envelopes)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

In a liquid measuring cup, mix the blue jello with 1/2 tablespoon (1/2 envelope) of gelatin. Add a cup of boiling water and stir to dissolve.

You will need two mini loaf pans. (I used these ones.) Pour half a cup of blue jello into each mini loaf pan and set inside the fridge to set.

While the blue layer is setting, make your white and red jello – this will let it slowly cool down at room temperature and help the layers set more quickly.

In a bowl, sprinkle 2 tablespoons of gelatin (2 envelopes) over 1/2 cup of cold water and let bloom for a couple of minutes then add 1/2 cup of boiling water and stir to dissolve completely. Mix the can of sweetened condensed milk with 1 cup of boiling water. Stir well, add to the milk mixture and mix thoroughly.

Mix the red jello with 1 1/2 tablespoons gelatin (the remaining gelatin from the blue and 1 new envelope). Add 3 cups of boiling water and stir until completely dissolved. The red and white jello won’t set on your countertop (unless you leave it for an absurd amount of time), but give it a stir every once in a while.

Once the blue jello is set and firm to touch, cut it in half lengthwise and remove one half. Eat it! You want there to be a strip of blue along the long side of the pan. Pour in 2 tablespoons of red jello into the empty part of the loaf pan and let set. When firm, pour in 2 tablespoons of white jello on top of the red, being careful not to get any on the blue. Let set.

Now your jello should be one flat plane without any indents. Pour on 1/4 cup of red over everything and let set. When the red is firm to touch, pour on a 1/4 cup of white and let set. Pour on another 1/4 cup of red and let set. Pour on another layer of white and let set. Pour on your last layer and let set. You will have some white left over so go ahead and set that into whatever container you like.

It’s best to let the jello set overnight. The next day, unmold and slice each loaf pan into 8. Enjoy!

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  1. Argh your animation is cute as! I am not American but even I want to try this on the 4th of July!

  2. Leah Davis says:

    This is such a cute idea but I also love how doable they look. Love the GIF as well!! Happy 4th!

  3. Brenda says:

    This is a super cute idea, and you’ve got cute graphics, but jell-o mixes are not food. Food: “any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth.” This recipe is not food. :( I was excited to see this post, thinking maybe you had a real-food take on jell-o. Bummer. I hope people will not make this or serve it to their children. :(

    I am not usually a negative commenter, and I’m sorry to be a downer today! I just thought the title of the blog, “i am a food blog” and “jell-o” were contradictory terms, since this recipe really has nothing to do with food. :(

    1. jell-o delighted me when i was a kid! this seems like a super fun treat for a july 4th party. sometimes it’s nice to humour the non-food, especially when it can do such cool stuff! ^__^ and yes, i heart steph’s animations and graphics too!! such a talented lady!

      1. cynthia says:

        Psst.. I love you, Lyndsay <3

  4. Sophie says:

    OH MY GAH! I love these, Steph!! Hello perfect awesome snack to bring to the campout on Friday! I love it. I think it will be a hit with the kids and the grownups! Such a clever method. You rule.

  5. OMG you are so talented and these are so patriotic (even though you are Canadian). Happy Canada Day/4th of July!

  6. kaaaay… these are like the most adorable things ever!! who knew jello could look so pretty? and the gif made me smile, so thank you ☺

  7. tara says:

    These are so cool!! Love your gif you made.

    That’s such an interesting question: What happened to jello? I feel like since the new wave of food, everything deemed (incorrectly) “disgusting” like casseroles and jello went out the window. But jello is delicious. And really adorable when in miniature-flag form.

    1. Sophie says:

      Casseroles are awesome TOO! Preach!

  8. Alright, you win. This is the best 4th of July dessert I’ve seen so far this year.

  9. Cindy says:

    Whoa, girl! This is amazing and I totally have a deep, nostalgic love for jello, too!

  10. Lindsey says:

    this is the best piece of july 4th, celebratory food/dessert i’ve seen! total genius and therefore not at all surprised you made it. you rule, steph! xo’s to you!

  11. you JELLO GENIUS !!! clearly we had similar family parties as kids… jello, especially layered coloured jello, was always part of the dessert, and jiggly jello molds with canned peaches in it… and lychee… heehee! that animation is also SO KAWAII CUTE!!! i love it! xo

  12. cynthia says:

    STEPH, you’ve done it AGAIN! This gif is KILLING me with cute, I can’t even handle that little face. All I want to do is watch it and coo over it. And that doesn’t even begin to cover how cool and inventive these phenomenal jellos are, and how insane and ethereal these beautiful pictures are, too! You never cease to amaze. (Dreamy sigh.)

  13. MaryJane says:

    If one wanted to add a vodka and turn these into jello shots… Do you have any idea how much one might add?

  14. WOWZA, these are some kind of genius. Like the kind of genius that might just break Pinterest. And that little GIFaroonie, so cute! Seriously constantly inspired by you, Steph. :)

  15. Haha, that GIF is the cutest thing I’ve seen today. Did I already say cute?

  16. PassTheKnife says:

    These are so cute and fun for the fourth of July! Your animation makes it look so simple!

  17. well this is just freakin awesome.

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