By Jodee Weiland
This is the easiest Jell-O mold to make when having a 4th of July celebration!
When I was little, my mom made this Jell-O mold in red, white, and green, but back then there was no blue Jell-O available. She also used lemon, since pineapple flavor was not an option. Of course, her color choice could have had more to do with the fact that we were Italian, but I think if she could have done red, white, and blue for the 4th of July, she would have. Today your choices are unlimited compared to what she had back then.
Unlike many of the recipes today for the white band, she never added cool whip or yogurt. She simply added cream cheese, which gave her middle band a nice creamy flavor and was always my favorite. I remember eating the red and white, but I always left the green behind. Admittedly, green would be the choice color for the Christmas season, but I prefer the blue over green.
Making this recipe is easy and fast. Here’s what you need to do when making your red, white, and blue 4th of July Jell-O mold. If you have a regular size Jell-O mold like I do, you will use three 3 ounce packages of Jell-O like I did, but if you have a larger Jell-O mold like my mom had, you will use three 6 ounce packages and double the cream cheese. I have the Tupperware mold that makes it easy to plate your Jell-O mold. Either way, it’s easy!
4th of July Red, White, and Blue Jell-O Mold…Easy and Tasty!
1 three ounce package of raspberry Jell-O (any red gelatin)
1 three ounce package of pineapple Jell-O (any yellow gelatin)
1 three ounce package of blueberry Jell-O (any blue gelatin)
1 eight ounce package cream cheese
Water as directed on Jell-O box
Optional: You can add fruit to the layers if you would like, but then add less liquid to each layer.
Dissolve the three ounces of raspberry gelatin in one cup of boiling water. Once dissolved, then add one cup of cold water. Pour into the mold and allow one to two hours to set or more in the refrigerator.
For the second layer, the process for the pineapple gelatin is the same as it was for the raspberry with one additional step before pouring it into the mold. Once the pineapple is done, blend into it one eight ounce package of cream cheese with a hand mixer. When thoroughly blended pour in your second (now white) layer of the mold. You may have some left because you added cream cheese. I always put the extra in a small bowl and let it set as well. You need to leave about an inch for the blueberry gelatin. Be sure the first layer is set prior to pouring in the second. Allow one to two hours to set or more in the refrigerator.
For the final layer, do the same process with the blueberry gelatin as you did for the raspberry and when ready, pour the last layer into the mold. Once again, be sure the second layer is set prior to pouring in the second. Small specks of white rising to the top of the blue should not show once the mold is flipped later. Allow one to two hours to set or more in the refrigerator.
When ready to serve, put the mold in warm water in your sink for just about a minute, and then with a plate over the top of the mold, carefully flip your mold over on to your plate. This process may vary slightly depending on your mold.
All you have to do now is serve and enjoy your red, white, and blue Jell-O mold! It will make an attractive dish for your 4th of July table and will taste great. It is decorative and tasty, but best of all it is easy to make. The kids especially enjoy this dish, but the grown-ups will enjoy it as well! Have a safe and happy 4th of July and enjoy!