Invent Your Own Jello Dessert!

We had so much fun coming up with our very own variation of a gelatin dessert! I put out several ingredients (liquids and fruit) and let Big Brother choose which he wanted to use. Big Brother’s first choice was Dr. Pepper…and I quickly realized that was not a good idea and retracted the Dr. Pepper from the options. What was I thinking in the first place???

Here’s what you’ll need:  2 packets of unflavored gelatin, 2 cups of water, 2-3 cups of other liquid (juice, pop, etc), and other extras (fruit, nuts, etc).

1. Pour 1/2 cup of COLD water into a large bowl. Pour the packets of gelatin on top. Apologies for the blurry picture.


2. Boil 1 1/2 cups of water (WITHOUT the assistance of your child, of course).


3. Carefully pour the boiled water into the bowl with the gelatin and let your older child stir (ever so carefully). Let sit for 5 minutes to cool.


4. After letting the gelatin mixture cool for 5 minutes, pour your "liquid" in. We used 2 cups of orange juice and 1 cup of apple juice.


5. Stir until gelatin is dissolved.


6. Refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes.


7. In the meantime, cut up your fruit and prepare anything else your child has chosen to go in the Jello.


8. Stir in your extras...fruits, nuts, marshmallows, etc. Refrigerate overnight, or until set.


All ready!


The end result was actually pretty good! It tasted JUST like orange juice with strawberries and blueberries mixed in…imagine that!


  1. Okay, i think it’s hilarious that big brother choose Dr. Pepper. ha ha! Good for you for realizing that wasn’t a good option. I also love seeing dad help in the kitchen. My husband is a great helper too.

    Great ideas! thank you for sharing them!

  2. I use bulk gelatin and don’t use packets, and would LOVE to try this! How much gelatin equals 1 packet, do you know?

  3. So you have 2 cups of liquid gelatin and added 3 cups of other liquid, correct? I’m trying to figure out the ratios so that I can have my daycare kids do this in individual sized portions.

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