Red, White and Blue Finger Jello

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Red, White and Blue Finger Jello

Yield: About 40 pieces

Prep Time: 30 min + chilling time

Kids seem to love these little hand-held treats, and I have to admit... I think they're good too!

Ingredients:

2 (3 ounce) boxes red jello gelatin
2 (3 ounce) boxes blue jello gelatin
4 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
boiling water & cold water

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, mix one box of red jello with 1/2 envelope of unflavored gelatin. Add 1 cup of boiling water and stir to dissolve. Cool to room temperature and pour into a 9x13-inch glass pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Refrigerate for 15 minutes (make sure that your refrigerator is level, or your jello will come out uneven-looking).

2. While first layer is setting, prepare white layer. In another bowl, mix sweetened condensed milk with 1 cup of boiling water. In a separate small bowl, sprinkle 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup of cold water. Let stand a few minutes and then add 1/2 cup of boiling water to dissolve the gelatin. Add to the milk mixture and stir to combine. Cool to room temperature. Pour 1 cup of this milk mixture over the first layer of red jello. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

3. While white layer is setting, prepare blue layer. In a medium bowl, mix one box of blue jello with 1/2 envelope of unflavored gelatin. Add 1 cup of boiling water and stir to dissolve. Cool to room temperature and pour on top of white layer. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

4. Repeat with red layer (using 2nd box of jello + 1/2 envelope gelatin + 1 cup boiling water), another cup of of the white layer and then finishing with a blue layer (2nd box of blue jello + 1/2 envelope gelatin + 1 cup boiling water) on top- remember to cool to room temperature before adding each layer. Refrigerate for 15 minutes after adding each layer.

5. Let jello set before cutting. Use a sharp knife to cut, and then use a metal spatula to slide underneath the jello and scoop out jello squares.

Tips:

*For a festive 4th of July look, use a star cookie cutter to cut out a star-shape for the center of your platter. Place some jello squares red-side-up and some blue-side-up.
*For testing purposes, I used Strawberry & Berry-Blue flavored Jell-O. Sometimes you can find Pina Colada flavored jello (which is white), and you could opt to use that as your white layer. The milk layer though is yummy & the kids seem to like it mixed with the jello layers.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from The Food Librarian)