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This vintage inspired broken glass jello recipe is a classic dessert favorite! Don’t let the name scare you, also called Stained Glass jello, this is a sweet dessert option that is so colorful, fun, and kid friendly.

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Vintage Broken Glass Jello Recipe

See how to make your own broken glass jello, as it is sure to be the talk of the table. It isn’t just colorful and sweet, but it is a vintage dessert recipe that really needs to make a massive comeback!

colorful broken jello with white jello on top on white plate

What is broken glass jello?

Jello was a staple in the 1950’s, as it was inexpensive and versatile! For just a few cents you could whip up a colorful dessert that everyone would love. Jello could be enjoyed in a variety of flavors, or enhanced with additions such as fruit and even vegetables.

Broken glass jello is the perfect example of creatively enhanced gelatin. This dessert gets its name from slivers of color that show up in every bite, thanks to the assortment of jello flavors/colors you use. Some call it stained glass jello, but broken glass jello seems to be a bit more popular.

Now, let’s take a look at how to make this colorful treat.

Making this recipe is a cinch. The only time consuming part is waiting for the jello to set. Otherwise, it is easy peasy. If planning on serving this dessert, it is best to make it the night before so all of the gelatin has plenty of time to firm up.

overhead view of broken colorful rainbow jello in plastic container

Broken Glass Jello Ingredients:

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Knox Unflavored Gelatin
  • Boxes of Flavored Jello
  • Water
  • Jello Mold

Let’s chat about jello for a moment. Feel free to use whatever flavors you wish. I opted for a whole rainbow of flavors including watermelon, blue raspberry, lime, lemon, orange, and cherry. Choose a handful of flavors that work for you.

dome of colorful broken jello with white jello on top on white plate with silver fork

How to Make Broken Glass Jello:

1. Start by preparing the flavored jello according to package directions. You will prepare each flavor in its own container. Preparation is very simple and typically includes mixing boiling with cold water and adding the powder packet.

2. Place the prepared jello mixtures in the refrigerator and allow to set until firm.

3. Mix the two packets of unflavored gelatin along with 1/2 cup cold water and 1 1/2 cups boiling water. Mix well until ALL of the gelatin is dissolved. Add in the condensed milk and mix well. ALLOW TO COOL.

4. Cut the prepared flavored gelatin into cubes. Assemble them at the bottom of your container or jello mold. Once the condensed milk mixture has cooled (please do not rush this or your flavored jello will melt) pour it over the colorful cubes.

colorful jello with white on top with a slice taken out on white plate

Ooooh doesn’t that look pretty? Now place the container or jello mold in the fridge and allow it to set until firm. To be safe, I like to allow this dessert to set for at last 8-10 hours.

Once the jello is firm, you can simply cut and serve. There are all sorts of ways you can prepare this broken glass jello recipe. I have tried a few different variations.

You can create one large jello mold or even small individual ones so each person can have their own. How cute are these?

bowl full of squares of broken rainbow glass

The Knox gelatin will really help firm up the dessert, so you can easily cut the jello into cubes and serve that way as well. This makes it easy for kids to enjoy this dessert, and can I just say a bowl of them looks so pretty?

However you decide to serve this dessert, it will taste amazing. It has a fruit and cream flavor and is perfectly sweet.

Try it, won’t you? Let’s bring this fantastic vintage dessert back in style!

Broken Glass Jello

Vintage Broken Glass Jello Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This vintage inspired broken glass jello recipe is a classic dessert favorite! Don't let the name scare you, also called Stained Glass jello, this is a sweet dessert option that is so colorful, fun, and kid friendly.

Ingredients

  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk ( do not use evaporated milk, must be sweetened condensed)
  • 2 packets of Knox unflavored gelatin (or generic is fine too)
  • 3-5 assorted 3 ounce boxes of flavored jello
  • Water

Instructions

1. Start by preparing the flavored jello according to package directions. You will prepare each flavor in its own container. Preparation is very simple and typically includes mixing boiling with cold water and adding the powder packet.

2. Place the prepared jello mixtures in the refrigerator and allow to set until firm.

3. Mix the two packets of unflavored gelatin along with 1/2 cup cold water and 1 1/2 cups boiling water. Mix well until ALL of the gelatin is dissolved. Add in the condensed milk and mix well. ALLOW TO COOL.

4. Cut the prepared flavored gelatin into cubes. Assemble them at the bottom of your container or jello mold. Once the condensed milk mixture has cooled (please do not rush this or your flavored jello will melt) pour it over the colorful cubes.

5. Now place the container or jello mold in the fridge and allow it to set until firm. To be safe, I like to allow this dessert to set for at last 8-10 hours.

6. Once the jello is firm, you can simply cut and serve.

Notes

You will need dish or jello mold of choice, a 9x13 pan works well or you can use individual molds.

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