Layered Gelatin Salad

Layered Gelatin

Layered Gelatin isn’t something that I make very often. To be honest, I prefer more instant gratification when I make my gelatin recipes. I don’t want to have to remember to keep going back to the fridge to check on each layer before proceeding. I decided to make this layered gelatin and post the instructions here because I think that the different layers look great, and because one of my co-workers who knew about my 30 days of Gelatin project asked how I make layered gelatin.

What do you need to prepare this recipe?

From the Pantry

  • 3 (4 serving) boxes of fruit flavored gelatin (different colors)

That’s it. It’s a very short ingredient list. You will also need water and ice. You can make this without ice, but it takes a bit longer. If you don’t know how to make ice, check out this post for complete instructions.

I would like to apologize because I didn’t think to take pictures of each step of the process, but I will try to write very clear instructions in the recipe below. There are three very important things to remember when making a layered gelatin dessert.

  1. Make sure that whatever pan you select will hold the volume of liquid that all of your packets of gelatin will produce–a small package will be two cups of liquid and a large package will be four cups.
  2. The previous layer needs to be set before adding the new color.
  3. The liquid gelatin that’s poured on top needs to be room temperature or colder, but don’t allow it to fully set up.
Layered Gelatin

If you don’t remember these two things, your colors will run together and you won’t achieve the same result. Depending on the colors you use, you could end up with a pan of brown gelatin.

It’s hard to tell in the photo of the pan above, but this layered gelatin is made from orange on the bottom, yellow in the middle, and green on top. It’s easier to see in this serving of gelatin.

Layered Gelatin

As long as you remember the tips above, you can create a lovely layered gelatin dessert. Personally, I love gelatin topped with a dollop of whipped cream. What about you?

Layered Gelatin

Have you ever made layered gelatin? What are your favorite flavors and colors to combine? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

How to make three layered gelatin

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Layered Gelatin

Layering Gelatin makes a colorful dessert to serve with dinner. It's simple to prepare, but can be time consuming as you have to allow each layer to set up (gel) before adding the next layer. The total cost for this recipe was $2.94 or $0.25 per serving.
Prep Time 15 mins
6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 1/2 cup servings

Equipment

  • You will need a container that holds 8 cups of liquid in order to make this layered gelatin.

Ingredients
  

  • 3 (4 serving) boxes gelatin (regular or sugar-free) choose colors that will look good together.
  • water and ice to prepare gelatin.

Instructions
 

  • Boil 1 cup water on the stove. Turn off heat.
  • While water is still very hot add one package of fruit flavored gelatin, (This will be the bottom color,)
  • Stir gelatin with water for 2 to 3 minutes or until gelatin is dissolved.
  • Add 1 cup of cold water to gelatin mixture and mix well.
  • Pour gelatin mixture into the container in which you will be molding your gelatin.
  • Place in the refrigerator and allow to set up for 2 hours, or until completely gelled.
  • Bring a second cup of water to boil on the stove. Turn off heat.
  • Add the second package of fruit flavored gelatin to the freshly boiled water. This will be the middle color.
  • Stir gelatin with water for 2 to 3 minutes or until gelatin is dissolved.
  • Fill a one cup measuring cup with ice, then add water to fill up the cup.
  • Pour ice water into the cold gelatin and stir until all ice is dissolved, Don't worry if the gelating begins to thicken. It's OK.
  • Pour this color of gelatin on top of the one that is already gelled in the serving dish.
  • Return dish to refrigerator and allow to chill until this second layer is gelled ("set up").
  • Bring a third cup of water to boil on the stove.
  • Add the third package of fruit flavored gelatin to the freshly boiled water. This will be the top color.
  • Stir gelatin with water for 2 to 3 minutes or until gelatin is dissolved.
  • Fill a one cup measuring cup with ice, then add water to fill up the cup.
  • Pour ice water into the cold gelatin and stir until all ice is dissolved, Once again, don't worry if the gelatin begins to thicken because of the ice.
  • Pour this third layer of gelatin on top of the two layers that are already in the pan, making sure the previous level has gelled beforehand.
  • Return dish to refrigerator and allow to chill until this second layer is gelled ("set up").
  • Once gelatin is set (thoroughly gelled), cut it into squares and serve. It's delicious topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

Nutrition Information in this label is for one 1/2 cup serving of the layered gelatin recipe prepared according to the recipe above using regular fruit flavored gelatin.

Nutrition label Regular Gelatin  Layered Dessert

Nutrition Information in this label is for one 1/2 cup serving of the layered gelatin recipe prepared according to the recipe above using sugar free fruit flavored gelatin.

Nutrition label Sugar Free Gelatin Layered Dessert

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