Our Favorite Finger Jell-O Recipe

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2015
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I realize that finger Jell-O is not necessarily rocket science to make — but if you’ve ever searched for a finger Jell-O recipe, you know there are a WHOLE bunch of different recipes that claim to be the simplest and/or the best. It’s crazy how something so simple could have SO many different variations!

Anyway, when Nora FINALLY started eating solid foods around age 2, we stumbled upon some finger Jell-O at a Christmas party. She kept asking for it — and although I figured she would just gag on it and spit it out like everything else, she gobbled it up almost before I could pull my hand away.

At the time, considering her extremely limited palate, I was literally shocked and immediately gave her another piece — and another. She just kept eating it (which was verging on miraculous at the time).

When we got home from that party, I quickly Googled “Simple Finger Jell-O recipes” and came up with a slew of different options to try.

Over the past year or so, I’ve tried a bunch of them — and THIS one is our absolute favorite.

Not only is it super simple to make, it makes a big pan, it ALWAYS turns out, and it’s the “sturdiest” finger Jell-O I’ve come across — which is nice for making fun shapes or just being easy to cut.

If you’re looking for a super simple, super quick, nearly fool-proof recipes for finger Jell-O, this is the one I’d recommend (and believe me, I’ve tried so many recipes, so this is my honest recommendation!)

Recipe for Our Favorite Finger Jell-O

Makes one 9″ x 13″ pan 

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 boxes (8 serving size) of your favorite gelatin flavor
  • 5 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 4 c. boiling water
  • cookie cutters (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Dump both gelatin powders and all unflavored gelatin packets into a medium size bowl
  • Add boiling water all at once and stir until all powder is dissolved
  • Carefully pour into a 9″ x 13″ pan and refrigerate until set
  • Once set, cut into squares or shapes and store in a tightly sealed food storage container (I put wax paper between the layers to keep the pieces from sticking to each other)
  • Store in refrigerator

This is also a REALLY great recipe if you’re making any type of Jello shapes, Jello cubes, Jello “art”, or a Jello trifle salad where you mix pieces of colorful Jell-O with Cool Whip.

jello recipes

  1. Rainbow Jello Cups
  2. Jello Letters
  3. Jello Legos
  4. Jello “Art”
  5. Jello Cubes

I fully realize that finger Jell-O might not be an “approved” food for many of the parents and grandparents reading this post — but I also know that a whole bunch of you probably feed it to your kiddos on a regular basis and might like to know our favorite recipe!

And just because I’m so nice 🙂 here’s a recipe for Homemade Finger Jell-O That’s Actually Good For You!

So, the next time you’re looking for a quick snack for the kiddos, whip up a batch of this finger Jell-O for a refreshing treat on a warm spring/summer afternoon.

Do you have a favorite finger Jell-O recipe?

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18 comments

  1. Leah

    01/19/2017

    This really turned out perfect. I had to make 2 batches for a supper at my son’s school, so this was great. I’ve had trouble making finger jello before, so thanks very much for this recipe!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay! Glad you liked it! I make a batch almost every week around here!

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  2. Brandette W.

    04/29/2015

    THANK YOU for sharing this post. I used to eat these when I was younger, but could never find a recipe that was just right. I don’t like regular jello, it’s too “soft” for my liking I guess, but Knox Blox (as we called them in CA) were always much heartier to eat.

    I bought some big boxes of Jello flavors at the store today, so going to give it a try making your recipe for my little guy. I think that this recipe might just hold together easier for him to eat as a finger food. He doesn’t like jello either, ha!

    Thank you again Andrea. Such a great recipe for us Mom’s.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay!! Hope you love this super simple recipe!

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  3. Julia K

    04/24/2015

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time for me. In Australia – we just call Jell-o “Jelly” and it is traditionally a sweet wobbly dessert. My kids love it though I rarely make it.
    As it turns out I was making goodies for my DD7’s upcoming “Frozen” themed birthday party. Naturally I surfed the net for inspiration and noticed that lots of mums made “Sven Frozen Ice Blocks” being blocks of blue Jell-o. I figured US jelly must be different ’cause it sure looks firmer than it’s Aussie cousin. My trial run was just a wobbly mess. Then at 10pm last night – I reread your post. It had NEVER occurred to me to ADD more gelatine to the mixture. So I made a fresh batch last night and added some extra gelatine. I am pleased to say that the product in my fridge looks decidedly firmer than yesterday’s effort.
    Thanks for a timely post !

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  4. Carrie

    04/24/2015

    Have you made this with Regular Sugar Jello….I don’t like sugar free products(artificial sugar)?

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, definitely! ANY type of Jell-o should work just fine — this was just the only Strawberry I had in the house and that’s what Nora requested 🙂

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  5. Tara

    04/23/2015

    You’re so sweet to include a healthy version too. I would be more prone to make those as I have all the ingredients on hand. Still, those Jello versions are seriously nostalgic for me. My mom used to make Jello all the time served with cool whip. Two products I just don’t keep in my house anymore, but I might have to make a whole food version with the healthy recipe and some organic whipped cream. Because every kid should have memories of eating jiggly food. Right?

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  6. Jenn in Indiana

    04/23/2015

    When I started dating my husband, I was introduced to these. But his family calls them “Knox Blox”. His grandma only made them at Christmas. She literally made every flavor and every available container would be used for them, she made that many.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, the name “Knox Blox” is because she used the Knox brand unflavored Gelatin. I just use Meijer brand because it’s a lot cheaper — but either way, it’s delicious 🙂 Although it sounds like that might have been a bit too much Jell-O for me!!

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  7. Allison

    04/23/2015

    What is finger Jell-O?

    Just jello you eat with your hands, so it’s sturdier than regular jello?

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  8. Emily

    04/23/2015

    Oooh those layered rainbow cups look super fun. I bet my kids would love them. We’ll have to try out your recipe!! I used to make gummies using gelatin and puréed fruit all the time. Delicious! Made your peanut butter pudding pie the other night…as expected it was a hit!! 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    Your gummies sound great — Nora might like those 🙂

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  9. deborah

    04/23/2015

    I’ve never seen or tried a recipe that calls for the unflavored gelatin for Jigglers. Have to give it a try! 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    That’s what makes them super thick and “sturdy”. They are SOOOO easy to cut and much easier for small hands to eat without making a huge mess!

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  10. Sarah L

    04/23/2015

    My toddler will eat nearly everything except jello! Funny how kids are so different. I make nearly the same recipe except I only use 3 or 4 plain gelatin. It’s still very sturdy and does not fall apart.

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  11. Jen T

    04/23/2015

    When do you add the vodka 😉

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — when it’s not for the kids 🙂

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