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Broken Glass Jell-o

At all our family potlucks you’ll always find Spam Musubi, Somen Salad and of course, JELL-O. Jell-o is an absolute must on the dessert table. It’s light, pretty and jiggly. Broken Glass Jell-o, also known as Stained Glass Jell-o, is always a crowd pleaser.

The Jell-o only looks like a lot of work but it just takes a few steps and you’ll have gorgeous cubes of flavorful Jell-o in no time. I’ve even used primary colors to make Lego Block Jell-o for a kid’s party. The colors and flavor options are endless!

This is the perfect fun party food, the colors are so pretty your guests will be impressed, like you took hours to make it!

broken glass jello

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Broken Glass Jell-o


4 small boxes of jello (3 oz), different colors
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin


Dissolve each box of jello separately, using just one cup of boiling water per flavor. Pour into individual containers (small tupperware works well) and chill overnight.

Once solid, cut the flavors of jello into small blocks and mix together carefully in a glass 9×13 pan.

In a separate bowl, dissolve 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin in 2 cups hot water. Let cool a bit and stir in the condensed milk. Cool to touch and pour cooled milk mixture over jello and chill overnight.

Cut into squares and serve.

Broken Glass Jello prep

79 Responses to “Broken Glass Jell-o”

  1. nicole says:

    That looks awesome! But how does it taste with all those different flavors? Do you prefer/recommend a particular combination?

  2. Jackie says:

    I love jello and I’ve been wanting to make this ever since I found your blog several months ago! I’m thinking of doing a red, white and blue variation for July 4th. Is the milk in this SWEETENED condensed milk?

  3. carolina says:

    to all the people who are wondering if this is good………yes it is my mom made it before and its s0o good!!!!!!
    also yes it is sweet and the white milk is good.
    all of it taste so good combined you would be surprise of how good it is.

  4. yvett says:

    I’ve tried your layered jello recipe and get compliments on that one. I soooooo want to try this one now. Thanks, Jenn!

  5. Karen says:

    That is crazy cool looking! Love it! Thanks for posting.

  6. lusi says:


  7. Huh – cool! I could see kids loving that at a birthday party!

  8. kellypea says:

    I love this and haven’t had it for years. It’s making me want to find my old Jello recipe book. So fun to mix it up with your fave flavors. Nice job!

  9. I just found this neat post! I didn’t know how pretty Jello could be!!

    You should bring this recipe over to my blog for “Tasty Tuesday” this week!

  10. laura says:

    Oh, wow! This is very neat. Can’t wait to try it! I used to make soap that looked like this.

  11. L a u r a says:

    Love this…our kids will also! Thank you for posting this idea.

  12. Mandy says:

    I love it! Can I share it on my website with a link to you?

  13. Laurie says:

    This is perfect. Jello is my absolute favorite.

  14. Jennifer says:

    Thank you thank you thank you!!! I’ve been trying to find these recipes for a long time.

  15. Sam says:

    This is amazing! I am going to make it tonight, for tomorrow’s dessert at a family function. I’ve had this book marked this for ages, I think it’s just so cool.

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  17. KT says:

    WE LOVE the broken glass jello. I have made it many times and it has always been the conversation piece at dinner.

  18. Madeleine says:

    This was exactly what I was looking for!
    Thanks for the post . . . I’ll be busy in the kitchen this holiday!

  19. valerie says:

    let the milk mixture COOL down completely or it will melt the other colors.

  20. Martha says:

    My mom made this years ago, but she just used the red, green, and yellow jellow with the other ingredients and poured it in a ring mold after she had mixed all together and then she frosted it with whipped cream and placed some red and green decorations on top. When you cut it, it is really pretty. She made it at Christmas time. Everyone just loved it. You can also put flaked coconut on the whipped cream…it’s yummy.

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  22. angela says:

    Did you use the 1/4 oz unflavored gelatin packets?

  23. justJENN says:

    …no – both packets.

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  25. donna t says:

    2-angela yes, 2 packets of .25oz. for a total of .50oz or one half ounce.
    Thanks, Jenn for the great website. Love coming to see what you have everyday! Can’t wait to try the burrito filling, looks so good.

  26. My bunch of fussy eaters loved this recipe

  27. Amanda Jane says:

    I was just double checking to make sure it is sweetened condensed milk and not evaporated milk? I’ve made the layered jello before, and that usually calls for the evaporated milk. Really wanting to make this, my son would love it!

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  29. marjorie says:

    Hi! I’m really looking forward to making this recipe for xmas with xmasy colors. My only question is if I can use large boxes instead of small boxes?
    Like your christmas broekn glass jello, itt asks for 2 small boxes.

    thank you

  30. justJENN says:

    Large boxes (6 oz) makes a heck of a lot of jell-o, you are better off with small boxes, really. You can always half the large boxes and save the other half for another time, I do that a lot.

  31. Karen says:

    I have made this jello recipe four times since thanksgiving. Everyone likes this better than my 7 layer jello. It is the sweet taste and creamy texture they enjoy. I am making more jello for our new years day parties tomorrow.

    Do you think I could add one more gelatin pkt to make it a little firmer without loosing the creaminess?

  32. Haley says:

    I’ve made this once with a similar recipe to yours, it’s on my blog…tonight I’m trying it with Sprite instead of sweeten condensed…hope it works out good :D My blog is http://www.bitterbettyville.com and the recipe is under cook books

  33. Anty Harton says:

    This looks like my childhood favourite jello but of course we used Agar-agar/Kanten. It has firmer texture than gelatine. Have you ever tried using it?

  34. mar says:

    Made it for New Year’s gathering…everyone loved it! Was very colorful/festive.

    @ Haley…how did it come out using Sprite?

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  36. Lyn says:

    Do you only use one cup of water for each box of jello or use 2 cups as directed on the box? I was just confused by which you said.

    This idea is wonderful :) I plan on making this tomorrow for an induction and stand out from all the cookie makers out there.

  37. Mrs. Q. says:

    Oh, DRAT. I messed up. I made 4 flavors of Jello last night and just realizing now that you call for it to be made with only 1 cup water instead of the traditional two. I wonder if it will still work or if the flavors will be too diluted? Well, we’ll see…

  38. Mrs. Q. says:

    OK. I ditched my first attempt and followed the directions properly the second time– using only 1 cup of water per Jello batch. HUGE hit. It was delicious and the kids and adults thought it was great. I think I may tweak the condensed milk portion– maybe adding some vanilla for a bit more flavor next time– but overall, very fun recipe.

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  41. Megan says:

    We’ve made this recipe with the condensed milk, but it is tasty also with substituting Cream of Coconut instead of condensed milk. mmmm…

  42. Abbey says:

    i love this stuff! a lot of my friends have it at partys.

  43. Shan says:

    I am following your recipe of this beautiful dessert for a Xmas party. Unfortunately, my jello didn’t turn up nicely cubes as I only chilled for 3 hours. Now am waiting for the jello to set with the sweeten milk. It is still watery after being in fridge for 4 hours, must I chill it overnight? Oh dear, I m later for the party… Lol

  44. Angie says:

    Thank you so much for the recipe! I used it for my son’s 1st birthday party this past weekend and it was hit! I had a few myself!! Definently gonna make this again, soon! Thanks again!

  45. Dell says:

    I have tasted this at a party, and it is worth the effort, lovely and looks so great too.

  46. justJENN says:

    Both need to chill overnight.

  47. Katrina says:

    I have made this 2 times since I saw this a couple of weeks ago. It may look hard, but it is super easy to make. It’s cold here in MI, so it was done and set in just a couple of hours. Everyone loves it. It’s perfect for any occasion. I’m so glad that I found this recipe on Pinterest. Thank!!

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    Good job! I’m gonna bookmark this site now.

  49. Mommyto4keiki says:

    This jello is an old mexican way of making jello for birthday parties or any festivity, originally called “mosaico” or ” mosaic” Delicious!!

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  51. Stacy says:

    As easy as this sounds, it really takes two nights to make it? Bummer! I made the four jellos tonight and was hoping to have it completed for dinner tomorrow night. Think if I make the condensed milk part first thing in the morning it would be ready to go by tomorrow evening? Please help! :)

  52. justJENN says:

    @Stacy It’s really a matter of setting. The timing is just to make sure everything is solid so it won’t all melt together.

  53. karla says:

    you make the jello as you normally would right? like 1 cup boiled water and 1 cup cold water?

  54. natalie says:

    hi, i’ve got a box of unflavored gelatin w/4 packs inside of it…so i use 2 packs? each pack is 7.2 grams….wondering what that is in ounces? since you say you need .50 ounces total?? i’m confused lol

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  59. kristina says:

    im going to make this for my daughters first birthday. her party is all pink purple and white. so im going to use watermelon and grape jello. im a little nervous that the grape will be too dark. but i hope it still tastes and looks just as good with only 2 flavors :)

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  64. Stranger says:

    I have made this twice before, but I have a question. When I make jello, I first spray oil on the pans so that I can get them out easy. However, I find that when I mix the color squares together, each peice gets coated with oil. As result, when it is finished and I cut out a peice, it falls apart because nothing will stick togeter. Is there a way to prevent this?

  65. justJENN says:

    @Stranger I don’t recommend oil in the pans at all. Just cut them close to the bottom and they shouldn’t fall apart.

  66. Aya says:

    I have a question with regards to the Jello brand. I usually make Jello with this brand, is it common for the gelatin to turn back into liquid after you remove it from the refrigerator? If it is like that how do you manage with your recipe, and if not, am I doing something wrong in the preparation (I follow what’s indicated in the box).


  67. Marilee says:

    I think this should be called stained glass jello. I don’t like the idea of eating broken glass or serving broken glass to people.

  68. Marilee says:

    I know it isn’t really broken glass, I just don’t like the connotation. :)

  69. Jules says:

    To get the Jello out of the pan easier fill the sink with warm water or run warm water over the bottom of the pan for just a few seconds… Cut and you should be able to remove from the pan.

  70. Bobbi says:

    By far da best jello I’ve made!! Thank U!!! :-)

  71. Kim says:

    I am making this and sharing it with the neighbors for a Christmas treat that isn’t heavy on the usual holiday calories!

  72. Mel says:

    This looks amazing. My son and I are going to make this for Christmas this year just wondering how long you would think it would last kept in the fridge?? Thanks

  73. justJENN says:

    @Melissa I like to make this the day before a party.

  74. Leslie says:

    We made this with yellow jello and mixed it with enough mayo to make it cloudy and then poured it over the mixed jello. We called it jewel jello.

  75. L.T. says:

    This looks amazing!! I only have one question: For the colored jello, after you dissolve with the hot water do you also add the cool water too? I couldn’t understand that part! Thank You!

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