Red White and Blue Finger Jello

Here’s a treat that is festive for any patriotic holiday:  Red White and Blue Finger Jello

Red White and Blue Finger Jello - recipe from

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

I made these for the first time for a 4th of July party many years ago.  The purpose was to have a sweet treat for the kids, but they were super popular with the adults too.  Everyone loves finger jello.  It’s just fun to eat!

Just to be clear, “finger jello” is jello that you can cut into pieces and pick up and eat as a handheld treat.  There are three different flavors going on in this finger jello.  Make it for a party this summer and watch it fly off the table!

Here is a short video showing you how to make this Red White and Blue Finger Jello.  Scroll to the bottom to print out the recipe.

Red White and Blue Finger Jello

Yield: About 40 pieces

Prep Time:30 minutes + chilling time

  • 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
  1. In a medium bowl, mix two boxes of red jello with 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin. Add 2 cups 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 the first layer is setting, prepare the 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 this milk mixture over the first layer of red jello. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. While the white layer is setting, prepare the blue layer. In a medium bowl, mix two boxes of blue jello with 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin. Add 2 cups of boiling water and stir to dissolve. Cool to room temperature and pour on top of the white layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. 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.
  • 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: (Adapted from The Food Librarian)

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  • Amy wrote:

    Left my layers for about 20 minutes in fridge and they still all mixed together :(. The jello I was pouring in was all cooled, as well.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      That’s strange!

  • Jo Jefferds wrote:

    Your picture doesn’t match your directions.  Sounds like you’re making a six layer jello but the picture is 3 layers.  I assume we should use both boxes of red for the bottom and the whole milk recipe for the middle and both boxes of blue for the 3rd layer.  Can you confirm that?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Sorry for the confusion- if you look at the tiny picture in the recipe itself, it shows the six layers. Alternately, you can just make one layer for each color as shown in the large photo.

  • Joy wrote:

    For people wondering about the unflavored gelatin, the two brands I saw at the store (Knox and Kroger brand) both came in a box than contained 1 oz. total weight, so four envelopes of 1/4 oz. each. Looking forward to trying this recipe tomorrow with my kids!

  • Heather wrote:

    My sweetened condensed milk mixture is more of a cream color. Will it turn white?? How did you get yours so white? Also one more question, if after 15 min, the layers aren’t set very firm, should I wait till they are completely set and firm before I add the next layer? Thanks for your help.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      It should! Maybe depends on the brand of sw. cond. milk you used. Yes, the layers should be firm before you add the next layer.

  • Nicole wrote:

    I Love These! So fun for the 4th of July celebrations!

  • christy wrote:

    What size is the unflavored gelatin?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      It only comes in one size- just an envelope.

  • Juliet wrote:

    Quick question if i use an aluminum pan as opposed to pyrex will it make a significant difference?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I would think it might be more difficult to get out of the pan, but I haven’t tried it so I can’t tell for sure.

  • Chelsea wrote:

    I made these for tomorrow and am wondering if it is ok to cut them into squares and stack them up tonight. Will they hold form or meld together?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I don’t think I would stack them- single layer is best.

  • kathy wrote:

    when making the milk layer i feel you have 3 cups of liquid. If you pour 1 cup over the red jello then 1 cup over the second red jello you will be using only 2 cups of milk. Is that right/

  • kathy wrote:

    how much milk do you put in each layer. i feel you have left over milk.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Just follow the directions. You will not have extra milk.

  • Sandee wrote:

    I am unable to see the re-edited recipe so I am wondering do you double the entire recipe or just double the red & blue jello? Thanks for such a fun & festive recipe!

    • Lori Lange wrote:


  • Deborah wrote:

    I’m confused. Your ingredients list 1package each of blue and red jello, but your directions say to do red, then white, then blue, then white, then red etc. Do I need two packages of each color, or should I divide the liquid amounts?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yep, you’re totally right. I just re-edited this recipe w/ the re-design & it appears I only wrote down one box of jello each. You need two… recipe has been edited again to correct this mistake. Thanks so much for pointing it out, and so sorry for the inconvenience.