Broken Glass Jello is a festive side dish that both kids and adults love. It’s perfect for the holidays as it looks like church windows.

Also known as Stained Glass Jello, this multicolored “salad” will become a recipe that’s on repeat for Christmases to come!

Broken Glass Jello squares in a small white dish.

Why You Must Make

  • This fun Jello recipe makes a gorgeous addition to your holiday table!
  • You can tweak it with different Jello colors and flavors for other holidays.
  • I’m certain you will have recipe requests after you serve this. Or at least LOTS of questions!!

Ingredient Notes

  • Knox Unflavored Gelatin – This is used to gel the sweetened condensed milk mixture. Find it near the flavored gelatin in the supermarket.
  • Small Boxes of Flavored Gelatin – You’ll need four varieties in colors appropriate for the occasion. This batch used cherry, orange, grape, and berry blue.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – 14-ounce can, Eagle Brand is my go-to brand.
Broken Glass Jello ingredients on a sheet pan.

How to Make

  1. Dissolve each packet of jello in boiling water. Then place in a small container that results in about 1 inch or less depth.
  2. Chill overnight or until set.
  3. Slice into small cubes and gently add and mix them together in a 9 x 13-inch dish. Keep chilled until the white gelatin is ready to use.
  4. Make the white gelatin using the sweetened condensed milk, boiling water, and Knox gelatin, and let it cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour the white gelatin mixture over the Jello cubes, then chill overnight.
  6. Cut into squares or fun shapes and serve.

Expert Tips

  • Try red and green jello for Christmas. But if you’re not a fan of lime gelatin, these jewel-toned jello selections may be more appealing.
  • When you make each color, mix until you don’t see any grains of sugar before you chill them. If not all the sugar is dissolved, there may be some noticeable granules at the bottom of the jello.
  • If you use a whisk to mix your jello, make sure to stir slowly. You don’t want to incorporate air into the mixture as it will show up as bubbles after it gels.
  • PRO-Tip: Make certain your “white” jello cools down enough before adding it to the cubes. If it’s too warm, it can melt the jello cubes.
  • Greasing your dish is optional. There may be a little oily residue left on the jello, but it will help the jello release from the pan a little easier.
  • I didn’t grease my pan. Even imperfect cubes will still look great.
  • You can always trim any misshapen cubes if desired.
  • PRO-Tip: Use a straight, not a serrated knife, to make nice clean slices of jello.
  • For an alternative presentation, try making this jello in a Bundt pan and cut slices to serve.
Overview of stained glass jello in a white casserole dish.

Holiday Jello Combinations

  • Easter – Lemon, Berry Blue, Lime
  • 4th of July – Berry Blue and Cherry
  • Christmas – Lime and Cherry (or Cranberry)
  • New Years – Lemon, Pineapple, Apricot, Mango

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is My Jello Gritty on the Bottom?

Gritty appearing Jello occurs when the powdered Jello is not totally dissolved before chilling.

How Do You Make White Jello?

Since you won’t find white Jello boxes in the grocery store, you need to make your own. Using unflavored gelatin and a can of sweetened condensed milk, it’s a simple process. Dissolve the gelatin in very hot or boiling water, then mix in the milk.

How Do You Cut Jello into Squares?

Use a ruler if needed and slice the jello into squares. If you want them all the same size, mark the gelatin with a slight cut of the knife around the perimeter at set increments. This will help guide you as you slice it. Use a spatula to remove the squares. It’s OK if they’re not perfect with this recipe!

How Long Does It Take Jello to Set?

It typically takes about 2-4 hours for Jello to set. It’s best to refrigerate overnight to make sure it’s very firm before slicing.

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Broken Glass Jello squares in a small white dish.

Broken Glass Jello Recipe

Prep Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Yield 12

A festive jello side dish or dessert that looks like stained glass windows.


  • 4 small boxes of Jello, in flavors and colors of your choice, 3 ounces
  • 2 envelopes of Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 14 ounces


  1. Dissolve each packet of jello with boiling water and pour into small containers. Aim for about 1-inch or less depth.
  2. Chill overnight or until set.
  3. Slice all the jello into small cubes and gently add and mix in a 9 x 13-inch dish. Rearrange the cubes to make sure the colors are well dispersed. Place in the refrigerator while you make the white jello.
  4. In a medium, heatproof bowl, make the white gelatin by mixing the unflavored gelatin into 2 cups of very hot or boiling water. Once it's dissolved, mix in the sweetened condensed milk and it let cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour the white gelatin mixture over the Jello cubes, then chill overnight.
  6. Cut into squares or fun shapes and serve.


Shake up the colors and flavors for holidays and special occasions. You can also use cookie cutters to make fun shapes.

For this batch, cherry, grape, orange, and berry blue jello flavors were used.

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