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Sea Glass Jello- {Hand-Held, Summertime, Sweet Treat}

Every summer my family and I head East to Boston’s South Shore for a bit of rest and relaxation. One of our favorite activities to do together is hunt for sea glass on New England’s beaches. On our living room mantle sits a jar of sea glass. We add a handful of collected glass to our “jar” every year and we glance at it often, thinking about our summer vacations past and future. It’s just something we like to do, and if you live near beaches where ocean-tumbled glass washes ashore, perhaps you can relate. Here’s some of our collected loot from this year:

I thought I’d make a little treat to celebrate our beloved sea glass this summer: Sea Glass Jello (adapted from The Food Librarian). I decided to use the three colors that are most easily found in sea glass- orange (or amber), green, and blue (most treasured, but a little trickier to find!) Three containers – three flavors- mix each with 1 cup of hot water & refrigerate until firm.

Once firm, cut into small cubes (exact size doesn’t matter… just rough cut cubes) and place them into a 9×13-inch pyrex pan.Β  Mix up the colors so they’re not all bunched together.

Mix 2 envelopes of plain gelatin in a bowl with 1/2 cup cold water, 1 1/2 cups hot water and a can of sweetened condensed milk. Pour it over the jello cubes.

Refrigerate until firm (overnight is best).

Cut into slices and place on a platter. These treats can be eaten hand-held.

The sweetened condensed milk mixture is a lovely sweet gelatin that wraps itself around the fruity cubes of jello. These are indeed a favorite with children, but they are a fun one for adults too. Use any colors/flavors you’d like. Of course, I’d like to tell you that it’s mandatory that these be made in the summer, but then again… they’re a nice reminder any time of year of beaches and summer vacations πŸ™‚

This recipe, with complete instructions, can be found here: Sea Glass Jello

If you’re a fan of sea glass, you might be interested in checking out this sea glass jewelry from Kieli Storm, whose small studio is located in Scituate, MA: Silver Storm & Co. I buy a piece of sea glass jewelry from her every summer. It’s beautiful, very well-made jewelry. She hunts for the sea glass herself (doesn’t buy it in bulk) and she’ll also make custom pieces from sea glass that you’ve found yourself.


  1. postedAug 5, 2010 5:27 AM

    So fun for kids (and adults!)… and so pretty!

  2. postedAug 5, 2010 6:37 AM

    This is such a neat idea!

  3. postedAug 5, 2010 7:56 AM

    WOW! That sea glass is gorgeous and so is that jello!

  4. postedAug 5, 2010 1:31 PM

    I just got back from vacation in Nova Scotia and our favorite thing to do there is to hunt for sea glass. I found my first piece of blue this year. I’ve got a bucket of white and green though. I am going to make this jello over the weekend. It’s gorgeous!

  5. postedAug 5, 2010 1:59 PM

    What a great idea,,,,we posted on on SGL ( for sea glass candy,,,I like this one and will post it on the site.


  6. postedAug 5, 2010 2:10 PM

    You are a genius!

    What a great idea!!

  7. postedAug 5, 2010 2:16 PM

    This is charming! I must try it, and thanks for sharing!

  8. postedAug 5, 2010 2:49 PM

    Neat! I don’t think I’ve ever seen real sea glass at the beach, it’s beautiful. Hope you’re having a terrific trip!

  9. postedAug 5, 2010 2:55 PM

    This is sooooo inspiring!

  10. postedAug 5, 2010 10:39 PM

    Really beautiful!

  11. postedAug 5, 2010 10:59 PM
    RecipeGirl's Mom

    Oh Lori, what a beautiful photo of our special Sea Glass. I wasn’t much help this year but you all did great on your own. What a clever idea to coordinate it with your Sea Glass Jello. Your building so many wonderful memories and yummy food too!

  12. postedAug 6, 2010 4:50 AM

    this looks awesome!! and great for kids.

  13. postedAug 6, 2010 6:03 AM

    I love sea glass! I have been obcessed with trying to find some, but have had no luck on our vacations to Hilton Head Island.
    Your Jell-O looks so pretty ~ love it!

  14. postedAug 6, 2010 9:18 AM

    Why summer only? – all the year even in winter here! My kid will love it, really yummy and good looking treat! πŸ™‚



  15. postedAug 7, 2010 7:14 AM

    I’ve made the 12 layer Jell-o, but not this. And what a fun story to go with it. Perfect!
    Love the glass collection.

  16. postedAug 7, 2010 2:35 PM

    Great presentation and wonderful idea. Such fun shots.

  17. postedAug 7, 2010 6:22 PM

    Wow, it really does look like sea glass! Awesome! Glad you had a fun vacation in MA πŸ™‚

  18. postedAug 8, 2010 7:28 AM

    I love this! What a fantastic idea.

  19. postedAug 8, 2010 1:10 PM

    My step-daughter loves Jello so much, this will make me the best step-mom ever.

  20. postedAug 8, 2010 5:43 PM

    This is so cool! Do you think one could just use organic milk or soy milk for the white jello though?

  21. postedAug 9, 2010 8:14 PM

    That is seriously cute, and I’m suprised that, having grown up in the Midwest, I have never seen it before. I could see that as a piece of abstract art! πŸ™‚

  22. postedAug 11, 2010 5:36 PM

    This looks so awesome! I bet my family will love it. πŸ™‚

  23. postedAug 11, 2010 5:58 PM
    Mei Teng

    Love the colours of the jello. Looked like soap bars too.

  24. postedAug 14, 2010 3:03 AM

    I love this post and keep coming back to it, so I thought I’d drop you a comment. I do plan to make this for my kids soon – partly because they’ll love it and partly because I miss the sea!

    • postedAug 16, 2010 11:06 AM

      @Ruby, Happy to hear you’ve enjoyed it!

  25. postedAug 14, 2010 6:28 AM

    Thanks for this recipe! I made this a few days ago and we all really enjoy it. A nice tasty treat, simple too!

  26. postedAug 21, 2010 9:44 AM

    This is awesome! I made a similar recipe using fruit juices (on my website), but it doesn’t have the same impact as this, with those great colors! (Yeah, I was shooting for natural, but you do miss out color-wise…)
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  27. postedAug 22, 2010 11:08 AM

    This looks delicious! Very colorful too! I’m going to bring this to the next faculty meeting πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  28. postedAug 22, 2010 6:48 PM

    What a great idea. ItΒ΄s so colorful and beautiful!

  29. postedAug 23, 2010 6:50 PM

    What a creative way to showcase the colors of sea glass. Love it ! Going to share this on our facebook page.

  30. postedDec 9, 2010 6:40 PM

    Delicious….. what fun! We are kindred spirits and neighbors too. Please feel free to join our New England based sea glass hunters group the “North East Sea Glass Sociey” at Membership is free and we have lots of fun. You will fit right in ;)!

  31. postedDec 30, 2010 4:39 PM
    Stacy Marie

    How stunning! Has anyone ever added alcohol for an adult version? I would love to make this for a nice summertime party next year….

  32. postedDec 30, 2010 8:11 PM

    Omg! Not only would my kiddies love these, but I’m already loving these just by looking at it. So simple too. Thanks for sharing this.

  33. postedAug 29, 2011 6:37 PM

    I made this recipe for my daughter’s baby shower in June. She knew she was having a boy and her nursery colors were blue, green, and yellow. The theme was sea life and this fit so perfectly.. Not only was it beautiful on the table but was also delicious. Thank you so much for another great recipe!

  34. postedAug 10, 2012 1:00 AM

    Thank you! Nice presentation and explanation of the recipe. Trying this tomorrow πŸ™‚

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