Red White and Blue Jello Flag – Fourth of July Dessert
These cute little red white and blue jello flags are show-stopping treats perfect for Independence Day or any patriotic celebration.
Don’t they just make you proud to be an American? With this dessert, you’ll be the star of your Fourth of July party! With only a few ingredients you’ll have a dessert that your guest will talk about long after the celebration is over.
You might want to block some time out for the making of these red white and blue jello flags. Although not difficult to make it does take time for each jello layer to set. I wasn’t patient and you can probably see that thick bottom layer is not clear and they’re not all the same thickness.
Another reason for uneven layers is my pan. I didn’t want the full batch as in this 4th of July and flag jello recipe I got the idea from. First, that’s a lot of jello flags and second, a little confession, I don’t like jello. I really try to like it but I can’t get over its jiggly texture. Gag. Can’t do it. So I made this milk pie for myself although that flag isn’t as impressive.
Anyhow, moving on and back to my uneven layers. I should’ve used a glass pan so that I can see how much of each color I’m adding, but I didn’t like its very rounded corners. To make a long story short, I used my square metal 9×9-inch pan and thus “blindly” layered the whole thing.
However, nobody noticed any imperfections because they were all so impressed with little edible flags. So I stressed for nothing.
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Makes about 72 flags
- 3 boxes red jello (cherry, strawberry or raspberry)
- 2 boxes blue jello (blueberry)
- 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin (1/4 oz. each)
- 1 cup condensed milk
- a pot of boiling water
- star sprinkles (optional)
~ Free Tip ~
Strawberry jello is lighter in color and maybe a better option than cherry (which I used). If you’re using a metal pan, don’t forget to mark in which direction your blue stripes go. Garnish a serving tray with red white and blue sprinkles.
- Prepare a 9×9-inch glass baking pan by spraying lightly with cooking spray. With a paper towel, wipe spray until only a very light layer remains. This will help the gelatin release later.
- BLUE LAYER: Mix packages of blue jello with 1 envelope of gelatin. Add 2 cups of boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Pour into prepared pan and set in refrigerator about 40 minutes, until gelatin is set to the touch.
- When gelatin is set to the touch, cut 1-inch strips with a hot knife. Dip knife in hot water after each cut. You can use a large ruler to measure the strips or just eyeball it. Remove every other strip and discard them. Mark a side of your metal pan (not necessary if using a glass pan) with an arrow in the direction of the stripes. The final cut will be in the opposite direction (which you won’t be able to see if using a metal pan).
- RED GELATIN: Mix packages of red gelatin with 1 packet of gelatin. Add 3 cups boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add 2 tablespoons of red gelatin to each of the empty spaces. Return to fridge for 15-20 minutes, or until red gelatin is set. Keep the bowl with remainder of red gelatin in a sink with hot water to keep it liquefied.
- WHITE GELATIN: Combine 2 packets of gelatin with 1/4 cup cold water. Let sit 2-3 minutes. Add 1 cup boiling water and stir to completely dissolve gelatin. In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup boiling water with the cup of sweetened condensed milk. Add milk mixture to gelatin mixture and stir to combine well.
- Add 2 tbsp of white gelatin on top of each of the red areas to fill up to the same level as the blue gelatin. Pan of gelatin should all be the same level now. Return to fridge for another 15-20 minutes until set. Keep the bowl with remainder of white gelatin in a sink with hot water to keep it liquefied.
- Next, add 1 cup red gelatin over the entire pan. Return to refrigerator for another 15-20 minutes. Then add 1 cup white gelatin layer over the entire pan and cool for 15-20 minutes. Continue alternating red and white layers until all gelatin is used.
- Refrigerate the completed pan for at least 2 hours or overnight to set completely. Checking the side of a glass pan, or your mark, to see where the blue gelatin is, cut 1/2-inch strips in the opposite direction. Then cut each strip into small flags. Garnish your red white and blue jello flags or a serving plate as desired.
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