Just makes you want to celebrate America, right? These Patriotic Jello Jars are a great way to show off your patriotism and have family and friends amazed at your creativity.
Adults like to play with their food, too!
Every summer, I used to make Rainbow Jello Jars for the kids. It is kind of our fun way to kick off the beginning of the season. I usually make a dozen (because that is what canning jars come in) and the kids ration those puppies out like they’re gold!
A year or two ago I posted a pic of our rainbow jars on Facebook and got a LOT of comments from folks asking me how I did them so I thought I’d share a little tutorial with you on patriotic jello jars that would be fun to have for your July 4th celebrations.
I’ll tell you how to do these at the bottom of this post.
Whichever ones you do, Patriotic Jello Jars or Rainbow Jello Jars, it makes you look cool in the eyes of your kids and is fun to do together – or even by yourself!
The Ingredients You’ll Need Are:
- Six 8 ounce jars
- Blue jello
- Red jello
- White chocolate pudding
You’re also going to need a little blue food coloring if you want your blue to be a true patriotic blue like mine is because the box just makes more of a sky blue. If you want a way to make the food coloring at home check out this tutorial here.
To mix up your jello, get a cup of water really hot either by boiling it or heating it in the microwave.
To the super hot water (a.k.a. boiling) stir in your jello until completely dissolved. If you want yours blue blue blue like mine, Add a few drops of blue food coloring because the stuff in the box turns out more sky blue than American blue.
Now, we want our gelatin to set rather quickly so we can move on with things. The speed set method on the box says to mix up ice and ice water until you have a cup, then add that.
Divide it evenly among your six jars. You’ll end up adding 1/3 of a cup into each jar if you want to be precise but I just prefer eyeballing it.
Put your tops on the jars and place in the fridge until set, about half an hour.
Once that is set up a little, mix up your white chocolate pudding. I just use a quart jar to mix mine in.
I love canning jars because:
- They’re reusable
- They’re dishwasher safe
- If you have new lids, you are able to can in them over and over again should the need ever arise.
- They can withstand hot temperatures but you can also freeze things in them.
- They are a great way to store grains such as rice or even dried beans for long term use.
- In a pinch (or if you just get the inclination) they can double as drinking glasses
- They make excellent additions to your emergency preparedness stash.
Oh yeah, back to the pudding.
Pour your pudding powder in the jar with the milk and shake.
But don’t shake it too much because we want it mixed but still soft.
Now add a little layer to each of your jars.
Now we need to return these to the fridge for another thirty minutes or so.
I always* save the boxes my canning jars come in because they make storing them so easy.
The original boxes are great to use when shuttling rainbow jello jars back and forth to the fridge. I just put the entire tray in there for half an hour.
After thirty minutes, mix up your red layer just as you did the blue…
Carefully spoon the red onto the top of the pudding.
You can pour all other layers but the layer on top of your pudding needs to be spooned on to avoid disturbing the pudding.
We don’t want disturbed pudding. No telling what it would do! 😉
Yummy and pretty!
Now return this to the fridge for at least another thirty minutes, or until ready to serve.
Happy Fourth of July!
Serve cold and add the topping of your choice or just serve as they are. You and your kin are in for a delicious fun treat!
Now that you have these Patriotic Jello Jars, set aside some time and make the Rainbow Jello Jars. I added those as a bonus if you wanted to see that recipe.
Instructions for both are below!
- 3 ounce box Berry Blue Jello
- 3 ounce box Cherry Jello
- 3.3 ounce box instant white chocolate pudding
- 6- 8 ounce canning jars with lids
- Blue Food Coloring see notes for natural food coloring DIY link
- In a 2 or 4 cup glass measuring cup, combine one cup boiling water and blue gelatin powder while stirring constantly until dissolved. Add a few drops of blue food coloring until a patriotic blue is reached. Add enough ice to bring the water level up to two cups and stir until ice is completely dissolved. Divide gelatin evenly among the six jars (about 1/3 of a cup in each jar). Can use a canning funnel to make this less messy.
- Place jars in original divider box they were purchased in (if you still have it) and put in the refrigerator for about thirty minutes.
- Mix up white chocolate pudding according to box. Divide it evenly among jars by spooning it on top of blue layer. Cover jars again and return to the refrigerator for thirty minutes for pudding to set.
- Remove gelatin jars from fridge and remove lids. Mix up red gelatin just as you did the blue and carefully spoon on top of white chocolate pudding. All other layers can be poured but this one needs to be spooned on top to avoid disturbing the pudding. Once all red gelatin is used, place lids on jars again and return to the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- 5 different colors of 3 ounce packages gelatin
- 12- 8 ounce canning jars with lids
- Original canning jar box for ease in preparation
- In a 2 or 4 cup glass measuring cup, combine one cup boiling water and first gelatin powder while stirring constantly until dissolved. Add enough ice to bring the water level up to two cups and stir until ice is completely dissolved. Divide gelatin evenly among the 12 jars. Can use a canning funnel to make this less messy.
- Place jars in original divider box they were purchased in (if you still have it) and put in the refrigerator for about thirty minutes. Repeat until all five colors are used and jars are full. Great summer fun for the kids!
You may also enjoy these recipes for the 4th of July:
Your life is a limited edition. Enjoy it now!