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Broken Glass Jello

Broken Glass Jello has colorful cubes of Jell-o combined with a creamy gelatin mixture to create a beautiful design. An easy holiday dessert you can make ahead of time!

Love desserts made with Jello? Try this Jello Pie next! My Strawberry Pretzel Salad is another favorite for the holiday season.

Squares of broken glass jello bites on a white platter.

What is Broken Glass Jello

No, I haven’t lost my mind. There is no actual broken glass in this Jello recipe.

Broken Glass Jello (aka stained glass Jello) is a dessert made with three different colors of gelatin arranged to look like shards of stained glass.

Cut into bars, Broken Glass Jello looks impressive and tastes delicious. You’ll love the fruity Jello flavors paired with the cubes of sweet creamy gelatin.

And it’s easier to make than you think!

PS. Try our stained glass cookies next. You know, if you love the “glass” haha!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make broken glass jello.

You only need five ingredients to make this recipe — and three of them are JELL-O!

  • Flavored gelatin – We used lime and cherry flavors to give this a holiday flair. You will need two boxes of each.
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Sweetened condensed milk – Combined with the plain gelatin to make white Jello with a creamy flavor.
  • Water – You will use boiling water for flavored Jello and hot water for the plain Jello mixture.

Easy Assembly

Step by step photos showing how to make broken glass jello.

To make Broken Glass Jell-o, start by mixing your cherry and lime gelatin with boiling water in separate bowls. Pour each Jello mixture into separate 9 x 13 inch baking dishes.

Chill the Jello in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, or until set.

Now, combine the unflavored gelatin with HOT water. Stir for a few minutes until all the powder is dissolved. Mix in the sweetened condensed milk and let the mixture cool for about 20 minutes.

In the mean time, cut each tray of prepared colorful Jello into bite sized cubes. Arrange the cubes along the bottom of a baking dish, alternating colors however you like.

Pour the cooled white gelatin mixture over the cubes of Jello.

Chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours. (I usually leave it over night.)

Once set, cut Broken Glass Jello into bars and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

  • Spray your pans generously before adding the jello mixture. I use a butter flavored baking spray.
  • If you don’t have three 13×9 pans, you can make each batch of JELL-O separately using one pan. This will take longer, so plan accordingly!
  • Store any uneaten Jello bars covered in the refrigerator.
Stack of broken glass jello pieces.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this with different JELL-O flavors?

YES! This recipe can be used with any flavors and colors you like. That’s one of the things I like most about broken glass jello; you can customize it for any holiday or event. And it looks so festive!

I don’t have a 13×9 baking dish. What can I use instead?

This Jello recipe works with square pans, too.
You could also use a bundt pan for the final assembly! Just make sure to spray it well with baking spray first.

How many servings does this make?

This recipe yields about 24 servings, depending on how large you choose to cut the bars.

I don’t need that much JELL-O! How can I make a smaller batch?

To make a small batch of broken glass jello, use just 1 box each of gelatin (instead of two). You will also need to halve the amount of sweetened condensed milk and unflavored gelatin you use.

More Holiday Recipes

Yield: 24 pieces

Broken Glass Jello

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes

Broken Glass Jello has colorful cubes of Jell-o combined with a creamy gelatin mixture to create a beautiful design. An easy holiday dessert you can make ahead of time!

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes (3 ounce each) lime gelatin
  • 2 boxes (3 ounce each) cherry gelatin
  • 4 cups boiling water, divided
  • 2 envelopes (.25 ounce each) unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. You'll need three, 13x9 glass baking dishes (or 4 square pans). See notes below.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 2 boxes of lime gelatin with 2 cups of boiling water. Mix until sugar is completely dissolved (about 2 minutes). Pour into one of the 13x9 pans.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the 2 boxes of cherry gelatin with 2 cups boiling water. Mix until sugar is completely dissolved (about 2 minutes). Pour into one of the 13x9 pans.
  4. Place pans in refrigerator to set, about 1-2 hours.
  5. Lightly spray a 13x9 dish with butter cooking spray. Set aside.
  6. In a medium size bowl, combine 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin with hot water (not boiling). Stir until dissolved, several minutes.
  7. Add sweetened condensed milk to mixture and stir until combined. Allow to sit for about 20 minutes, too cool to room temperature.
  8. While cooling, remove prepared gelatin from the refrigerator. Cut each pan of colored jello into bite sized cubes, about 1-inch in size. Evenly place cubes in the prepared 13x9 dish, alternating the cubes by color and arranging in the dish.
  9. When the milk mixture has cooled, pour over jello cubes gently. Refrigerate for an additional 4 hours, or overnight.
  10. When ready to serve, cut into bars. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Notes

  • If you don't have three 13x9 pans, you can make one layer of gelatin, chill, cut into cubes and place cubes in airtight container. Then repeat with second layer of gelatin. Then use your dish to assemble. This process will take longer as you have to chill each layer individually.
  • Any variety of colors and flavors can be used for any occasion or holiday.
  • Make a smaller batch. 1 box of gelatin for 1 cup of boiling water.
  • Recipe can also be made in a bundt pan. Be sure to spray generously.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 piece

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 11Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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You’ll love this creative and easy Broken Glass JELL-O idea for the holidays or any time of year!

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on December 14, 2022

Comments & Reviews

  1. Aimee you keep giving me great ideas. My list for food Christmas Eve was done but now
    I will have to try these. I am also making the Pecan Pie brownies for my granddaughters fellow workers. Thank you

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