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Homemade Jello (Gelatin) Recipes

Category Jello
You don't have to buy Jello in little boxes at the grocery store. Making homemade "jello" is fun and can taste even better. This page contains homemade Jello recipes.


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February 6, 2011

It's light and yummy!



In a large bowl, make jello according to package directions. Add cream cheese and mix on medium speed with an electric mixer. Stir in pineapple and refrigerate until firm.

The cream cheese will come to the top and the pineapple and jello will form 2 other layers. This is our family's favorite dish that my mom made every holiday.

By jujubee from Dayton, OH

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February 7, 20110 found this helpful

Do you drain the pineapple?

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September 15, 2010

This recipe taste like sherbet and is very, very easy and quick to make for hungry children and unexpected guest. I love the taste and texture.



In a blender add 1 small box of gelatin. Add 1/2 cup boiling water. Blend on low speed for 30 seconds. Add 1-1/2 cups crushed ice to blender. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds. Pour into a bowl. Put in the refrigerator for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Servings: 4
Time:5 Minutes Preparation Time

By Mama Holiday from Houston, TX

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September 15, 20100 found this helpful

And it doesn't matter how you prepare it, "There's Always Room For Jello". It is an amazing dessert when you stop to think about it.

Thank you for sharing this. I'm going to have to try it, you know.


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February 24, 2010


  • 1 pkg lime Jello
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Pet evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 (90z) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely cut celery


Dissolve Jello in boiling water. Cool slightly. Add evaporated milk. Chill until slightly thickened but not set. Stir in pineapple, lemon juice, cottage cheese, nuts, celery, and mayonnaise. Mix all together. Pour into 8 inch square pan and chill. Serve on lettuce. Makes 8 servings.

By Sandy from Graettinger, IA

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February 25, 20100 found this helpful

This is one salad our family has enjoyed for generations. Thanks for reminding me of it.

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December 10, 2008

Use enough water for boiling your carrots to use for your gelatin. No one will notice the extra vitamins, and you only heat up water once, and you have one less pot to wash.

By Bethany from SC

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December 10, 20080 found this helpful

{:)} What a great idea!! Thanks!!

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November 8, 20120 found this helpful

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November 8, 20120 found this helpful

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October 21, 2011
It is so easy to make Jello at home. Making it at home gives you endless flavor possibilities. Be creative and enjoy!


  • 1 envelope Knox gelatin (or 1 Tbsp.)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened Kool-Aid (to taste)


Bring 1 cup of water to boil.

Put 1 cup of cold water into a bowl. Sprinkle gelatin into the cold water. Add sugar and Kool-aid powder to the cold water. Mix until completely dissolved. Add boiling water and stir. Add additional sugar or Kool-aid to taste, if desired.

Chill in refrigerator until firm.

Source: Based on a recipe.

By Laurel from Port Orchard, WA

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December 19, 2005

I used to have a great recipe for the holidays that I seem to have misplaced. It was a Jello recipe that actually uses cherry pie filling in it. Does anyone happen to have it or to know where I can find it again? It was a favorite of ours and it's just disappeared. I'd be grateful for any help I can get.

Thanks in advance!

Robin from Washington, IA

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December 19, 20050 found this helpful

Found one with Google, if it's the one you want: http://members.  _mold_recipe.htm

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December 19, 20050 found this helpful

I make it for xmas and for Valentines

Day. Small box of cherry jello

mix with 1 cup of hot water. Stir

in 1/2 cup of burgandy wine, add

cherry pie filling mix well and

pore into jello mold.

I have also made it with strawberry

jello/and pie filling but use a white

wine. Hope this helps.

Merry Christmas

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December 19, 20050 found this helpful

Here's one that I have.

Black Cherry Jello

1 large pkg. black cherry Jello

1 can dark sweet cherry pie filling


8 ozs softened cream cheese

8 ozs sour cream

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup miniature marshmallows

Dissolve Jello in 2 cups hot water. Add pie filling and mix well Pour into 13"x9" glass pan. Chill until firm.

Mix softened cream cheese with sour cream. Gradually add sugar and

vanilla. Add pecans and marshmallows. Spoon on set Jello.

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November 20, 20070 found this helpful

My grandma used to make one with two boxes of cherry jello. You soft-set the jello (it should be thick but still liquidy) then whip with a mixer, stir in cherry pie filling and mini marshmallows, then back into the fridge to hard set. Scoop into bowls and serve with whipped cream. The top will be fluffy (almost meringuey) with most of the marshmallows and the bottom will be more jello-y with the all the cherries in it.

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