Red White and Blue Finger Jello

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Red White and Blue Finger Jello is a treat that is festive for any patriotic holiday.  Layers of red, white and blue jello make up this handheld goodie!

Red White and Blue Finger Jello

Kid favorite, straight ahead! Kids seem to love these little hand-held treats, and I have to admit… I think they’re good too! Remember those popular little treats called Knox Blox (back in the day?) These are similar, though not quite as firm. 

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!

How to make Red White and Blue Finger Jello

How to make Red White and Blue Finger Jello:

Follow recipe instructions for making the red jello layer (strawberry, cherry or raspberry). Pour it into a 9×13 pyrex pan & refrigerate for 15 minutes to firm up the 1st layer. It’s important that you test out your fridge to make sure that the shelf you’ll be using is FLAT and level. If it’s tilted in any way, you’ll get a tilted-looking pattern for your Jell-O!

The white/milky layer comes next.  The white layer isn’t actually a jello layer at all, but rather a “milk” layer created by mixing sweetened condensed milk with gelatin and water. If you’re lucky enough to find Pina Colada Jell-O(which they do carry sometimes), then you can use that in place of the milk Jello layer if you’d like. The milky layer though is rather sweet, and turns out to be a yummy layer to add to the fruity flavors. It’s poured onto the firmed up red layer, and then it’s back to the fridge for 30 minutes. 

While that layer is setting, you can prepare the blue layer (blueberry will work).  The blue layer of jello is poured onto the firmed up white layer, and then it’s refrigerated for at least 30 more minutes.

Red White and Blue Finger Jello

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 summer party, and watch it fly off the table!

To make for a pretty display, cut one square larger and use a star cookie cutter to cut out a fun star shape for the middle of your platter.  If you turn some of the squares upside down then your platter will show some red and some blue.  It makes for a prettier display!

Red White and Blue Finger Jello

Here’s a 6 layer version of Red White and Blue Finger Jello that I made a few years back. I like the three layer version better- it’s much easier to make!

Here are a few more jello recipes you might enjoy:

Red White and Blue Finger Jello

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Red, White and Blue Finger Jello

The best finger food for summer parties!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 40 pieces
Calories 66kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword patriotic jello, red white and blue finger jello, red white and blue jello


  • Two 3-ounce boxes red jello gelatin
  • Two 3-ounce boxes blue jello gelatin
  • 4 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin, divided
  • One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • boiling water and cold water


  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 36mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 0mg
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  • Vanessa wrote:

    I made this recipe and it turned out absolutely perfect!!!!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Happy to hear!

  • Sylvia wrote:

    I’m considering putting fresh strawberries in the red jello & blueberries in the blue. Do I need to adjust the ingredients so it’s not runny?? Would you happen to know?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m not sure if that would work out- sorry!

  • Beth wrote:

    It’s important to let the jello mixture cool before layering. I missed that part, and the white layer turned pink instantly after it hit the set red jello.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Definitely. The instructions state to cool to room temperature- each layer.

  • April wrote:

    Such an easy dessert idea! I’d always wondered how people made white jello….I never knew it was made with milk. Cool!

  • Justine wrote:

    Love these! Always an easy choice to bring to a potluck.

  • Anna wrote:

    Such a festive treat! Love it!

  • Julie wrote:

    I remember eating finger jello all the time when I was a kid! These were so good and perfect for our fourth of July party!

  • Chelsea wrote:

    We made this on the fourth and it was seriously AMAZING!! Seriously sooo delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kristyn wrote:

    Love this! Jello is always a yummy idea & making it festive, is even better!

  • Anonymous wrote:

    I couldn’t figure out how to get the jello out of the pan. When I tried to remove it with a knife and spatula, it fractured, and when I tried to dump it out, it fell out in chunks. I am very confused. Now my finger jello is a huge mess. I looked over the recipe and watched the video several times, but I still can’t figure it out. I am using the same exact pan used in the video, but I still ended up with what looks like red, white, and blue scrambled eggs. Does anybody have any input?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m so sorry you had trouble with this!!! It can be a little tricky to get the first slice out of the pan, and it’s very helpful if you have a thin metal spatula to work with that you can slide underneath to get it out cleanly.

  • 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!

  • Nicole wrote:

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

  • 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.

  • 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?