Red, White and Blue JELLO Cups

These Red, White and Blue JELLO Cups work are perfect for your summer BBQ or get together. Swap out the colors to make them festive for any holiday year round! 

close up of patriotic jello cups with gold stars



Before today, I hadn’t had JELLO since I was a child. My mother used to make the orange flavor with mandarin oranges mixed in and I couldn’t get enough of it. 

As I’ve gotten older, that same gelatin concoction lost its luster. Now, I’m bringing it back and making it very patriotic with red, white and blue gelatins. Perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July or Flag Day celebrations! 

angle red, white and blue dessert cups


By far, the most frequently asked question is how to make white JELLO.

JELLO doesn’t have any white flavors, but you can achieve that signature layer using unflavored gelatin and milk. It really is that easy. Unflavored gelatin will be located in the baking aisle near all the other flavors and usually on the top shelf. We add vanilla and sugar to give it a little flavor.

side view of red, white and blue jello shots

How to Make Layered JELLO Cups

Making the layers is easy as long as you take your time. They require setting between each layer so they don’t mix. If you are making them with straight layers, just set them upright. If you want them to be angled, set tall shot glasses in a muffin tin to get the tilt.

  1. You’ll be making each layer at separate times, first start with the blue. Pour into tall, small shot glasses (8) or short, wide glasses (4). Chill until it sets, approximately 20-30 minutes.
  2. After the blue sets, make the white layer, place on top of blue and then set again, another 20-30 minutes.
  3. Lastly, the red, pour in and allow to set.
  4. Garnish with whipped cream, gold star sprinkles or fresh fruit.
how to make angled jello shots

JELLO Shots- The Adult Version

Having an adult only party?? Make your Red, White, and Blue JELLO Cups vodka laced.

For the red and blue JELLO layers, use 1/2 cup boiling water to mix gelatin. Allow to cool before stirring in 1/4 cup vodka. If the liquid is too hot, it will burn off the alcohol, thus negating the purpose of making JELLO shots.

gold spoon in a jello shot

PRO TIP: Use disposable shot glasses with a lid for JELLO shots. Keep them in a cooler to stay cold. 

For boozy fruit, soak fruit in vodka in an airtight container for 12 hours, drain. You can also purchase spiked whipped cream.

close up of whipped cream with gold star sprinkles

Make Ahead & Storage

Easy to make and easy to clean up, they are sure to please a crowd. They can be made up to a day ahead of time, but for best results be sure to garnish with whipped cream and fresh berries, or other fruit, right before serving. 

Store chilled until ready to enjoy.

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Red, White, and Blue JELLO Cups

4.48 from 19 votes
Red, White, and Blue JELLO cups are a simple and festive addition to any 4th of July celebration.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes




  • Empty the contents of blue JELLO into a small bowl. Stir for 2 minutes with 1 cup boiling water. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Place tall glasses into a muffin tin tilted or on a baking sheet this just makes it easier to move them in and out of the refrigerator.) Equally, divide blue JELLO mixture between four cups. Place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes or until it sets.
  • Meanwhile, start preparing white layer by mixing one packet unflavored gelatin in a small bowl with ¼ cup cold milk. Heat remaining milk, ¾ cup, over high heat until just before boiling, remove. Do not scald. Add the sugar and vanilla. Stir until dissolved and mix with cold milk and gelatin mixture. Stir until well mixed and allow to cool.
  • Evenly pour white gelatin over blue layer. Place back into the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes or until it starts to set.
  • Next, mix the cherry JELLO with 1 cup boiling water. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. When white layer has set, equally divide red over the white layer. Return to refrigerator to set for 3-4 hours.
  • Do not garnish until ready to serve, especially if it is a hot day!
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings.


Having an adults only party?? Make your Red, White and Blue JELLO Cups vodka laced. To modify, soak fruit in vodka in an airtight container for 12 hours, drain. For red and blue JELLO layers, use only 1/2 cup boiling water to mix gelatin. Allow to cool slightly before stirring in 1/4 cup vodka. You can also purchase alcoholic whipped cream if you so choose.


Calories: 236 kcal, Carbohydrates: 50 g, Protein: 5 g, Fat: 1 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 6 mg, Sodium: 231 mg, Potassium: 80 mg, Sugar: 48 g, Vitamin A: 100 IU, Calcium: 73 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 236
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: JELLO Cups, patriotic recipes, Red white and blue desserts
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  1. I am totally stealing this idea for the cookout that I was invited to on Friday! So fun!

  2. I love layering jello. It is such an easy way to make a holiday treat. I love how you did yours, it is slightly different from mine.

  3. I’ve always loved Jell-O in every form or fashion. This is just the perfect dessert for an Independence Day get-together!

  4. These look so pretty! I could use vegetarian gelatin to make a veg-friendly version. Can’t wait to try it!

  5. My boys love Jello and this is such a neat recipe for the Fourth of July. I think I am going to try to recreate it for my family.

  6. Glad I read this. I was wondering how you layer the colors! I used to love my jello w fruit growing up as a kid.