There are few children who dislike finger jello – especially when it is cut into interesting shapes! In the summer, you can cut butterfly or animal shapes. In winter, snowflakes, wreaths or Christmas trees match the scenery. And in February, hearts for Valentine’s day work their magic.
This is a good way to get liquid into a child who is recovering from a stomach bug. It’s also a good way to help keep children hydrated on hot days. I have made this with sugar-free jello and with regular jello. Sometimes I mix and match to decrease the sugar.
Make this a day or two ahead and it will be ready when you want to serve it. I use the left-over pieces of jello to cut out tiny shapes. You can’t go wrong with this idea!
I got this recipe from my friend Shirley years ago. We were both in the throes of raising children and our families ate at each other’s tables a lot. When she served this finger jello, my kids were hooked.
Choose any flavor jello you like and add some lemon juice and plain gelatin that has been dissolved in cold eater. Mix with boiling water and chill until set. Kids enjoy helping cut out the shapes, or you can cut it into squares.
- 9 oz. Jello (1 cup bulk jello) - flavor of your choice
- 1 cup cold water
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 4 Tablespoons unflavored gelatin
- 3 cups boiling water
- Put lemon juice and unflavored gelatin in cold water.
- Stir and dissolve.
- Add boiling water to the jello
- Stir until dissolved
- Mix the two ingredients
- Stir until mixed and dissolved well
- Put into 9 x 9 pan
- Refrigerate until set
- Cut into serving pieces