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Patriotic Red White & Blue Jell-O Cups Recipe

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These Patriotic Red White & Blue Jell-O Cups are perfect for the 4th of July or any patriotic holiday. They’re sure to be a crowd-pleaser with the 4th of July Firecracker!

These Patriotic Red White & Blue Jell-O Cups are perfect for the 4th of July or any patriotic holiday. They're sure to be a crowd-pleaser with the 4th of July Firecracker!

Patriotic Red White & Blue Jell-O Cups – 4th of July Firecrackers

It’s always fun for any holiday gatherings to bring themed food and with 4th of July right around the corner, these Patriotic Red, White & Blue Jell-O cups are a whimsical & fun treat to bring to your get-together or picnic.  They are sure to be a hit with the kids – and adults! I love that they are super easy to make and you can get the kids involved in making them too.  You’ll just want to make sure you start preparing these early enough to give each layer time to set before you start the next layer. My girls love the red cherry on top – I don’t know what it is about cherries on top of things, but kids always want those cherries, so they will be excited about these firecrackers!

4th of July Firecrackers Recipe:

Ingredients:

Ingredients for 4th of July Firecrackers

  • 1 1/3 cups boiled water
  • 2 – 3 oz. packages of Jell-O gelatin (Cherry and Berry Blue)
  • 1 package of Knox Brand non flavored gelatin
  • 1-cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 20 maraschino cherries with stems, (drain well and pat dry)

Directions:

First, look for the cup or container you’ll be putting these Jell-o Cups in – if you have a tall shot glass, those work well, but any cup will do. If you’re bringing to a gathering outside of your home, grab the clear plastic cups so you won’t have to wash & bring home any dishes.

Next, boil water in a small saucepan.

Making jello for 4th of July Firecrackers

In small bowl add 2/3 cup boiling water to berry gelatin mix; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Repeat in separate bowl with cherry gelatin mix. Allow to cool.

Patriotic Red White Blue Jell-O Cups instructions

 

In another bowl add ¼ cup of milk and sprinkle in 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin; let stand 5 min. Bring remaining milk to simmer in saucepan.

Remove from heat; stir in sugar and vanilla. Add to plain gelatin mixture; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Cool 10 min.

Spoon berry gelatin into 20 (1-oz.) plastic shot, add about 2 tsp. to each. Refrigerate 15 min. or until set but not firm.

For the next layer top with unflavored gelatin mixture, adding about 2 tsp. to each cup. Refrigerate 10 min.

Patriotic Red White Blue Jell-O Cups instructions

Insert cherry, stem end up, into white gelatin layer in each cup and refrigerate 2 more minutes.

Finish the top layer with cherry gelatin, add about 2 tsp. to each cup. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.

*Makes approximately 20 firecrackers

Printable Recipe for Patriotic Red White & Blue Jell-O Cups:

Red White & Blue Jell-O Cups for 4th Of July

Make sure to print off this recipe to keep in your recipe binder so you have this every year for 4th of July and any other patriotic holidays.

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4th of July Firecrackers Recipe

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/3 cups boiled water
  • 23 oz. packages of Jell-O gelatin (Cherry and Berry Blue)
  • 1 package of Knox Brand non flavored gelatin
  • 1-cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 20 maraschino cherries with stems, (drain well and pat dry)

Instructions

  1. Start by boiing water in a small saucepan.
  2. In small bowl add 2/3 cup boiling water to berry gelatin mix; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Repeat in separate bowl with cherry gelatin mix. Allow to cool.
  3. In another bowl add ¼ cup of milk and sprinkle in 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin; let stand 5 min. Bring remaining milk to simmer in saucepan.
  4. Remove from heat; stir in sugar and vanilla. Add to plain gelatin mixture; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Cool 10 min.
  5. Spoon berry gelatin into 20 (1-oz.) plastic shot, add about 2 tsp. to each. Refrigerate 15 min. or until set but not firm.
  6. For the next layer top with unflavored gelatin mixture, adding about 2 tsp. to each cup. Refrigerate 10 min.
  7. Insert cherry, stem end up, into white gelatin layer in each cup and refrigerate 2 more minutes.
  8. Finish the top layer with cherry gelatin, add about 2 tsp. to each cup. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  9. Enjoy!

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  • Heavy base for a solid foundation
  • Dishwasher safe
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More Summer Recipes to Try:

Easy Blueberry Pie

Easy Blueberry Pie – this also makes a great recipe for 4th of July – we have this every year for our family gathering

Easy Peach Cobbler

Easy Blackberry Cobbler 

What is your favorite 4th of July treat to make?

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