Recipes That Use Jello- That Aren’t Jello!

It’s always smart to keep a few extras of everything in your pantry- but one thing that sure seems to collect is Jello! And I know it’s not just me because that seems to be something that just gradually collects in many pantries I’ve seen. Now Jello itself is always fun, and I absolutely love the smell of hot Jello, but if you’re looking to condense your Jello stash without eating a ton of the jiggly stuff, there are so many great ways to use it up! Read on for a few ideas and recipes!

Jello shaved ice. Perfect for warm spring days! Simply dissolve a box of Jello in one cup of boiling water, and stir in 2 cups of Sprite. Let freeze overnight (or at least 4 hours), and then scoop out with an ice cream scoop!

Popcorn balls. These are simple to make, and a fun treat for the weekend or any holiday! You can use different colored Jellos based on the holiday or occasion to make a festive treat! I’ve seen recipes that use marshmallows and dry Jello mix, or you can boil the jello mix with sugar and corn syrup and pour over the popcorn. Both are delicious!

Mary's Jello Popcorn Balls

These are really great anytime of the year. You can use any flavor and/or color combination you want. Author: Hill Family

Serving size: 25
Calories per serving: 96

1 cup white corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 (3-ounce) package Jello gelatin (any flavor)
9 cups popped popcorn

Mix all ingredients except popcorn in a heavy sauce pan.

Bring to a boil and cook just until jello and sugar are dissolved.

Pour over popcorn and mix well.

Wet your hands under cold water, shake water off or butter hands slightly and work quickly to form popcorn balls.

Place the finished balls on wax paper and once cooled wrap them more wax paper.

You can make these as big or as small as you like.


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Fruit salads. One of my favorite Jello salads uses a tub of cottage cheese, a can of pineapple tidbits, marshmallows, and raspberry Jello. Just mix the powder with the rest of the ingredients for a simple and super tasty side dish, perfect for all your potlucks! There are many variations out there as well!

Jello cookies. These look like so much fun! I love that you could use a variety of colors to coordinate with different holidays, or simply to let each kid pick their favorite color. I’m so intrigued by these!

Jello Cookies

Jello Cookies are fun to make with the kids. Make them for any party or the holidays. This Jello cookies recipe is a quick and easy sugar cookie recipe. Author: Eating on a Dime

Prep time:
Cook time:
Serving size: 36
Calories per serving: 47

1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
4 (3.4-ounce) packages jello (I used 4 different ones, but you could do 2 of 2 flavors, or 4 packages of 1 flavor.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar with a mixer -add in egg and vanilla.

In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cream of tarter.

Gradually add flour mixture to the wet ingredients in the mixer.

Divide the dough into four sections.

Sprinkle two Tablespoons of jello onto each section and then knead the dough until combined. You can add a few drops of food coloring in, if you’d like the color to be more vibrant.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls into the extra jello powder or in the sugar.

Then place dough onto the baking sheet two inches apart.

Flatten the dough with the bottom of a glass.

Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes.

Remove cookies from the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack.


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Fancy grapes. Roll your green grapes in green Jello powder and let chill in the fridge or freezer for a sparkly, tartly delicious snack!

Jello candy melts. These are so cute! And they sound delicious. These would definitely make a fun afternoon project with kids!

Jello Candy Melts

4 ingredients!

Serving size: 1
Calories per serving: 2,600

16 ounces powdered sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature

In a mixer, combine the softened cream cheese with the powdered sugar. Scrape the sides of the mixing bowl and mix until fully combined (and not sticky!). Add more powdered sugar if it’s a really hot day and the cream cheese is being temperamental and melting. Separate the mixture into 4 small bowls. Add 1 tablespoon of various powdered Jello to each bowl and mix with a spoon. Pull off small 1/2 inch pieces of the mixture and roll them into balls. Press the balls into a slightly flat shape (seen in the photos below) and then roll it into a bowl of sugar. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate in until ready to eat. Recipe makes about 30 Jello candy melts.


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Jello popsicles. If you need another recipe to cool you down, these no-drip popsicles are so clever! Let’s be honest, with kids, nothing is ever completely mess-free, but these sure do help cut down some of the mess ;).

Jello Popsicles

Serving size: 4
Calories per serving: 60

1 (3-ounce) package jello
4 cups water
1/3 cup granulated sugar

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. In a medium bowl mix sugar and Jell-O powder. Stir in boiling water, stirring constantly until Jell-O and sugar are completely dissolved (about 2 minutes).
Stir 2 cups of cold water into bowl and then pour mixture into popsicle molds.
Put the popsicles into the freezer until completely frozen.


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So many fun recipes to try! Which one intrigues you most? Do you have a favorite way to use Jello? Share your thoughts with us below!


    Camille Hoffmann
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