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Shortcut Stained Glass Jello Salad

Make this fun, colorful Stained Glass Jello Salad in a fraction of the time with my shortcuts than it typically takes! Also called Broken Glass Gelatin Dessert, this small batch recipe can be made with sweetened condensed milk or even dairy-free with coconut milk.
Prep Time9 minutes
Chill time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 9 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 97kcal
Cost: 7


  • 1 .25-ounce envelope unflavored gelatin (I used Knox)
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 8 about 3.25-ounce snack-size flavored gelatin cups (choose multiple colors)
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk [not evaporated] (I used Eagle Brand)


  • Measure 1/2 cup tap water in a medium-size bowl. Sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over the water. Let stand to soften.
  • Remove the gelatin from the plastic cups by running a knife around the inside edge. Turn them upside down on a cutting board.
  • To cut into cubes, cut in half horizontally. Then, make 2 even slices from the top to the bottom. Lastly, make 2 more slices from the top to the bottom across the first 2 slices. (Or cut them randomly into cubes.) This will give you 12 pieces.
  • Gently place these in an 8x8, 9x9, or 11x7 dish or pan as you cut them so the colors are evenly distributed.
  • Microwave the remaining 1/2 cup water in a microwave safe measuring cup or bowl at HIGH for 45 seconds or until hot but not boiling. Slowly stir it into the softened gelatin until it is completely dissolved. Stir the sweetened condensed milk into this mixture until combined.
  • Pour this milk mixture over the gelatin cubes. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or until firm enough to slice. Cut into squares or rectangles.


Tip: These snack packs are available in many colors and flavors and sold right next to the boxes of Jello. They are also sold in bulk in the refrigerator section near the yogurt in the grocery store so you can make a kaleidoscope Jello salad with more than four colors!
Substitutions for sweetened condensed milk:
  • Fat-free sweetened condensed milk- If you want to save some calories, make Stained Glass Jello Salad with fat-free sweetened condensed milk and sugar-free Jello cups.
  • Sweetened condensed Coconut Milk- It's dairy-free. This was delicious and added a tropical flavor. I found this in my Publix next to the regular sweetened condensed milks.
  • Coconut Milk- Be sure to use the coconut milk in the can, not coconut water in the carton. It's not the same. Coconut water will not be creamy. Now, it's fine to substitute the boiling water with boiling coconut water, but not really necessary if you are using sweetened condensed coconut milk for the coconut flavor.
  • Almond milk- This works fine in place of the water and sweetened condensed milk mixture. It added a nice almond flavor.
  • Oat milk- I did not test with oat milk, but I imagine it would work just fine, maybe a little less creamy.
  • Stained Glass Jello recipe with whipping cream- If you don't have sweetened condensed milk, you could combine 1/3 whipping cream or half and half (not heaving whipping cream) and 2 tablespoons sugar and stir until dissolved.


Serving: 112th | Calories: 97kcal