Halloween layered jello treats
I used to make versions of this layered jello treat when my kids were little. I did rainbow layers, Christmas layers, Easter layers, 4th of July layers and Halloween layers, all color coordinated with the holiday. It was one of their favorite treats to share with their class. Years later, I learned the reason my boys liked layered jello so much is they made excellent food fight projectiles. That's what you get with an extra chromosome. My girls actually ate them.
Double down on the jello
These jello treats are sturdy because you use half the water and you add extra unflavored gelatin. So now you understand why my sons prized these jello treats for food fights. They are sturdy and flubbery and lots of fun.
The white layers are essential because they provide a reflective material for the colored jello. I have tried making them without the white layers and the colors become muddled. The white layers are made with unflavored gelatin, water and sweetened condensed milk.
I am not going to tell you these jello layers are healthy or quick. They are not either, but they are fun and kids love them. You can build the layers as you have time over a couple days making a layer or two at a time. I recommend you make only enough of the white layers that you will use within an hour or two. My strategy is to make the layers while I am doing something else, like the dishes.
If you can't see yourself taking the time to make all 9 layers, take a shortcut and make 5 thicker bolder layers - orange - white - purple - white - black. You will be done in half the time.
What is your favorite Halloween treat?
Halloween layered jello treats
Layered orange, purple and black jello makes fun Halloween treats.
- Prep Time: 50 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: Makes 24 2" squares
- 1 large 6-ounce package orange jello
- 1 large 6-ounce package grape jello
- 1 small 3-ounce package black cherry jello
- 40 drops black food coloring
- 9 1/4-ounce envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 1 10-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- Mix 1/2 of the package of orange jello and 1 envelope unflavored gelatin together in a small bowl. Add one cup of boiling water and stir until dissolved. Pour into a 13″ x 9″ x 2″ pan and put on a level shelf in the refrigerator for 15 minutes while you make the next layer. You will repeat this with each colored layer, alternating orange, white, purple, white, black, white, purple, white, orange.
- In another small microwavable bowl put 2 packets of unflavored gelatin and 1 cup boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Slowly stir in the condensed milk until combined. This makes four 1/4-cup layers of white. When the first orange layer has solidified pour 1/4 cup of the white over the orange layer. Tilt the pan so that all of the orange layer is covered in a thin white layer. Return the pan to the fridge for 15 minutes to solidify. If the white liquid begins to solidify at any point you can put it in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time and whisk it to liquify it.
- The center black layer is made by mixing the small package of black cherry jello with 1 cup of boiling water and 40 drops of black food coloring.