Art You Can Eat

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes my eyes need a break from the pastel vintage haze that is everywhere in weddingland. Don’t get me wrong – my love affair with vintage has not died a sudden death, it’s just that sometimes I crave big, bold, bright, exciting colors. And something new. Different.

Enter Jell-o.

What’s more colorful and synonymous with fun than Jell-o? It’s the perfect combination of kitsch, sugar and jiggle to make it a playful addition to any reception. Or cocktail hour (if you add vodka.)

But  the real ‘cool factor’ comes from the random, abstract designs you can create using Jell-o.  Each of of these bite sized cubes resembles a mini abstract masterpiece. Move over Picasso!

Want to make ‘em? Here’s the recipe and tutorial:

  jello jigglers

Jell-O Art (Adapted from The Food Librarian)


  • 4-6 three oz boxes of Jell-o in various colors (use four boxes if you want the top to be smooth.)
  • One 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • boiling water

Follow instructions on back of Jell-o packages and make your Jell-o. Let sit for several hours in the fridge.

sea glass jello

Once the Jell-o has set, cut the Jell-o into cubes.

jello cubes

Lightly oil a 9″ x 13″ Pyrex baking dish. (I dipped a paper towel in canola oil, and wiped it down.) Place cubes into casserole dish.

green jello

Repeat with all colors, mixing them in the pattern of your liking.

cubed jello

So pretty in the sunshine.

jello rainbow

In a separate bowl, sprinkle two envelopes of gelatin into 1/2 a cup of cold water. Let sit for a minute or two.


Add 1 1/2 cup boiling water and dissolve. (I stirred mine.) Add the can of condensed milk. Stir and cool. (I set mine in the fridge for 1/2 hour.) Once it has cooled, pour the mixture over your Jell-o cubes. To remove bubbles on the surface, blow on them with a straw. Refrigerate overnight.

jello glass

Once Jell-o is set, use a very sharp knife dipped in HOT water to slice Jell-o into squares.

jello dessert

Dip knife into hot water again and cut a thinner horizontal strip. Repeat process until you are done. There you have it: art you can eat!

art jello

Perfect for a wedding here, don’t you think?

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  1. Posted by Bess on May 13th, 2012 at 12:37am

    This is the most gorgeous dessert! I am definitely going straight to the store tomorrow and buy the stuff to make this for our Mother's Day Feast. Thanks for sharing!
  2. Posted by Sue on May 21st, 2012 at 3:19pm

    How do you make the tops smooth?
  3. Posted by Christina on May 21st, 2012 at 3:33pm

    Sue, use a very sharp knife, run under hot water, and cut.
  4. Posted by Skeeper on June 3rd, 2012 at 3:46am

    I will definitely be doing this on our part this week! glad i found this ;D
  5. Posted by Chef Chuck Taylor on June 5th, 2012 at 11:16pm

    Totally cool! I am so trying this for gay pride parties this year! LOL
  6. Posted by vanetia on June 6th, 2012 at 9:27am

  7. Posted by Stephie on July 9th, 2012 at 8:52pm

    I bookmarked this recipe months ago and just made it this past weekend for a party. It was beautiful, although not nearly as perfect as shown here.

    My Jell-O didn't quite set fully (after 4.5 hours in the fridge...) so it was difficult to get consistent cubes out of all of it. Plus, the straw method did not work when I tried to blow out the bubbles. Nonetheless, a tasty recipe with definite wow factor! Thank you!
  8. Posted by Celeste on September 8th, 2012 at 2:16pm

    Want to add extra pop?? in place of some of the water in the jello mix, substitute 7-UP.
  9. Posted by Nicolee on October 8th, 2012 at 9:12am

    I did this today but with a different recipe.
    I used both condensed and evaporated milk and a little bit of milk.
    To cut the jello use a normal steak knife.

    If you don't have condensed milk use milk and brown sugar. This is what we used to do when we didn't have enough money.. it works just as good as condensed milk..
  10. Posted by veena kanchan on March 3rd, 2013 at 6:32am

    thanks for sharing this recipe
  11. Posted by Tittel on September 9th, 2013 at 7:50pm

    This is a very popular treat on the island I live; Curaçao. We make it slightly different and call it "cake of glass" (trust me, it sounds way cooler in our native language hahaha) :)
  12. Posted by Gold on November 2nd, 2013 at 2:51pm

    This is so cool! I can't wait to try this. Definitely going on my list of treats for my son's birthday.
    Thank you!
  13. Posted by Stephanie on November 14th, 2013 at 10:07pm

    I make a variation of this for Christmas. I prepare one small box each of Cherry Jello and one Lime in separate dishes. While they are setting up I prepare one small box of Lemon and when it is partially set I carefully fold it into a large container of Cool Whip. I then cut the red and green Jello's into small pieces and fold them into the Cool Whip mixture then refrigerate till set.

    This desert is a big hit and is gone before the pumpkin and pecan pies.
  14. Posted by Lydia on March 3rd, 2014 at 3:09pm

    Hi Christina-

    What a cool recipe! I work at the agency responsible for JELL-O Social Media and we'd love to talk to you about this great post. Please email at the link provided if you're interested.


  15. Posted by Arlet on March 13th, 2014 at 10:24am

    Hi, I really like this idea, I looks Awesome
    I am sooooo going to make this at our next house party!
    But maybe you could help me with the actual grams of the gelatin, cuz I have no idea
    how much is in a envelope :)

    Thank you Kindly
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