Broken Glass Jello (also known as Stained Glass Jello) looks so impressive, but is really easy to make! Different colors of Jello float in a sweetened white gelatin mixture. Vary it every time by using different flavors.
This classic make-ahead dessert recipe looks so lovely on a buffet table and is always a hit at holidays, potlucks, and luncheons!
Ever had Broken Glass Jello? It’s a classic Kraft recipe that’s been around for decades. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s like a mosaic or church windows. Seems as though it would be a ton of work to make, but it’s so easy.
We love how sweet and light it is, fun to eat, plus so eye-catching put out on a dessert table for any occasion.
What is Broken Glass Jello?
Broken Glass Jello (aka Stained Glass Jello), is different flavors of Jello cubes submerged in a condensed milk-gelatin mixture. It chills in the refrigerator until solid and then cut into squares. It’s so colorful and delicious.
How to Make Jello Cubes
Jello cubes are easy to make. IMPORTANT: You will not be following the directions on the box of Jello, which calls for more water than you need.
- Dissolve each flavor of colored Jello into 1 cup of hot water each. Do not use more water than this or the cubes will be too diluted and harder to slice once solid.
- Pour the mixture into separate rectangular containers. Use shallow containers that will give you no more than 1-inch thick cubes, otherwise it takes longer for the Jello to set and also more challenging to cut. The Jello should only take about 2-3 hours to set if you chill it in shallow containers.
- Chill. Chill in the refrigerator until solid.
- Cut into cubes. Using a sharp knife, cut into small cubes.
How to Make Broken Glass Jello
Once you’ve made the Jello cubes, the rest is a cinch!
*Scroll below for the detailed printable recipe card.
- Spray a 9×13 glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Gently place the Jello cubes in an even layer in the dish, in any pattern you like. Careful not to break or tear them.
- Dissolve unflavored gelatin in hot water. Let the hot mixture cool slightly and then whisk in the sweetened condensed milk. Let mixture cool to the touch (if it’s too warm, it could melt the Jello cubes.)
- Evenly pour the mixture over the cubes of Jello.
- Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight.
- Cut into squares and serve.
- Use disposable containers for easier clean up.
- Sugar free Jello works the same way for this Jello dessert, so feel free to use that, if preferred.
- Make a beautiful Jello mold if you’ve got a bundt pan, then slice like a cake.
Recipe Variations for Holidays
Use whatever colors and flavors of Jello that would fit the holiday or special occasion you’re celebrating. Here are some ideas:
- Valentine’s Day: cherry and cotton candy.
- Saint Patrick’s Day: lime.
- Easter: lemon, peach, and strawberry.
- 4th of July: cherry and berry blue.
- Halloween: grape, orange, and lime.
- Christmas: cherry and lime.
- Kid Party: cherry, lemon, berry blue (primary colors.)
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Broken Glass Jello
- (4) 3 ounce boxes Jello gelatin , assorted colors
- 4 cups boiling water
- (2) .25 ounce envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 2 cups hot water
- 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- Dissolve each box of jello into its own individual container, using 1 cup of boiling water per flavor (no more than 1-inch deep.) Chill until solid, about 3 hours or overnight.
- Once solid, cut each of the different flavors into small square cubes.
- Using a 9×13 glass dish, gently mix the cubes together in an even layer (being very careful not to break or tear them.)
- In a medium-sized bowl, dissolve 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin in 2 cups of hot water. Let the hot mixture cool slightly and then whisk in the sweetened condensed milk.
- Let mixture cool to the touch (If it's too warm, it could melt the Jello cubes.) Then evenly pour the mixture over the cubes of Jello.
- Chill in the refrigerator overnight.
- Cut into squares and serve.