If you love the look of layered gelatin, here is a delicious treat for Valentine’s Day. Red, white, and pink gelatin in glasses or shapes is a light dessert that’s perfect for the day of love.
See how to make this Valentine’s Day layered Jelly recipe quickly, easily, and even if you don’t have dessert cups.
Red, Pink, and White Gelatin Layers
There’s something so satisfying about dipping into layered gelatin desserts. Yes, it takes a little time to layer everything nicely, but the end result makes it worth it, in my opinion.
Not just for Valentine’s Day, these layers also resemble candy canes, making them perfect for Christmastime, as well. Of course, you can easily swap out the colors to make them fit whichever theme or holiday you wish.
Valentine’s Layered Jelly Ingredients
Serves 6-8 depending on container size and/or cookie cutter size.
(Measurements are in the recipe card below.)
- Boiling water
- Cherry gelatin
- Unflavored gelatin
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Watermelon gelatin
- Cold water
Layered Valentine Gelatin Directions
Spray dessert cups or an 8×8 or 9×13 glass baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
Boil six cups of water and keep on low.
Prepare the cherry gelatin as directed, adding two extra packages of unflavored gelatin.
Pour the first layer of cherry gelatin into your dessert cups or your prepared dish. Allow it to set in the refrigerator for one hour.
Prepare the white gelatin layer by combining two packages of unflavored gelatin with one cup of cold water. Mix the sweetened condensed milk with one cup of boiling water and combine with the gelatin mixture.
Allow the white gelatin mixture to cool a bit before pouring over the red layer. Then place it back into the fridge until completely set.
Make the watermelon gelatin as directed, adding two extra packages of unflavored gelatin.
Allow to slightly cool before pouring over the white layer and place it into the fridge to set.
Repeat the layering process until the desired amount of layers are achieved and everything is completely set.
If you used a baking dish instead of dessert cups, turn the gelatin over onto a cutting board and cut into hearts or squares before serving.
Gelatin Layers Recipe Notes and FAQ
What if I don’t have dessert cups?
The directions include a way to layer the gelatin into a glass baking dish as another option. Layer all the gelatin in the dish, and then cut it into shapes for a fun treat. Use an 8×8 glass dish for thicker jelly, or a 9×13 dish for thinner shapes.
Can I speed up the gelatin setting process?
Yes, you can set the layers in the freezer, which will speed up this process quite a bit. When using this method, the gelatin can be set in under an hour.
How can I stop the layers from bleeding together?
It’s important to let each layer of gelatin completely set before adding another layer. Allowing the layers to cool helps prevent the colors from bleeding.
Why do you use extra gelatin?
The reason you add extra unflavored gelatin to the mix is to toughen it up so you can grab it. If you’re cutting the gelatin into shapes, you want it to be grabbable (not a word?) as “finger gelatin.”
- 6 cups boiling water
- 2 3 oz boxes cherry gelatin
- 6 packages Knox unflavored gelatin (0.25 oz each)
- 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 3 oz boxes watermelon gelatin
- ¼ cup cold water
- Spray dessert cups or 8×8 or 9×13 glass baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Boil 6 cups of water and keep on low.
- Prepare the cherry gelatin as directed, adding two extra packages of unflavored gelatin.
- Pour the cherry mixture into the prepared cups or dish pan and allow it to set in the fridge for about one hour.
- Prepare the white layer by combining 2 packages of unflavored gelatin with 1 cup cold water. Next, mix the sweetened condensed milk with 1 cup boiling water and combine with the gelatin mixture.
- Allow to cool a bit before pouring over the red layer, then place in the fridge until completely set.
- Prepare the watermelon gelatin as directed, adding two extra packages of unflavored gelatin.
- Allow to cool slightly before pouring over the white layer and place in the fridge until completely set.
- Repeat the process until the desired amount of layers are achieved and everything is completely set.
- If you use a pan instead of the cups, turn the gelatin out onto a cutting board and cut into hearts or squares before serving.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 40gProtein: 25g
Nutrition facts are an estimate only.
More Valentine’s Day Desserts
- Strawberry chocolate bark
- Marble iced sugar cookies
- Red velvet cake shake
- Cow Valentine sugar cookies
- Strawberry cake mix cookies
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