Jello Jigglers are fun, fruity, and colorful! It couldn’t be easier to make these kid-friendly jiggly snacks with just 3 simple ingredients and cookie cutters. I’ll share with you the tricks to get them perfect EVERY TIME and how to unmould easily. There are also many ways to customize this recipe: making it sugar-free, with alcohol, apple juice, or layered jello jigglers.
Jello Jigglers are as fun to make as they are to eat, and they’re great for all occasions. Jello comes in lots of fun colors and you can use festive shapes to create Jigglers for holidays, birthdays and other celebrations. This recipe is so easy that you can even get the kids involved!
What’s the Difference Between Jello and Jello Jigglers?
The texture of Jello Jigglers is much firmer than your typical bowl of Jello. Jigglers are prepared by using a special ratio and preparation technique, which gives it a much firmer, jelly-like consistency. The gelatin is firm enough to be cut into fun shapes using a cookie cutter, then eaten by hand for a refreshing and fruity treat.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Boiling water
- Jell-O mix
- Cooking spray
How to Make Jello Jigglers
1. Add Jell-O mix into a large bowl. Pour in the boiling water and stir for 2 minutes until the mix is fully dissolved.
2. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray, and gently wipe with paper towels.
3. Pour the mixture into the baking dish.
4. Poke the bubbles using a toothpick. Then place the pan into the refrigerator for 4-5 hours or until completely set.
5. Unmold the Jello from the pan: place a flat plate on top, and invert the pan onto the plate.
6. Cut the Jello into different shapes with your favorite cookie cutters.
Tips & Tricks for the Perfect Jello Jigglers
- Use the right ratio between jello and water. DO NOT Follow the recipe on the box of Jello. As it will lead to less dense gelatin that isn’t robust enough to be cut into shapes. You’ll want to use 2½ cups boiling water for every two packets of Jello.
- Before pouring the mixture into a baking pan, spray with cooking spray for easier removal. This is an important step for easy unmolding.
- For a smoother surface, be sure to pop any bubbles with a toothpick before putting the pan in the fridge.
- I used a 9-inch round pan, but you can use a larger pan for THINNER jello gigglers.
Making it with Knox Gelatin
This recipe can be made with other brands of gelatin, such as Knox. Though these are sometimes called Knox Blocks, it’s the same concept as Jello Jigglers. Because Knox gelatin is unflavored, you’ll need to add your own. Try using fruit juices and a natural sweetener like honey for a healthier version of Jello!
Can You Use Silicone Molds?
Silicone molds are an easy and convenient way to make jigglers. These molds can be used as an alternative to cookie cutters and they usually have more intricate designs. Silicone molds come in fun, festive shapes and designs so that you can customize your jigglers.
Pro Tip: Remember to spray oil spray to your mold before adding jello mixture. This will make the unmolding much easier.
Best Ratio Between Jello and Water
When making Jello Jigglers, the ratio of Jello to water is very important. Using too much water will result in thinner, softer gelatin that won’t be able to hold its shape. At the same time, you don’t want a rubbery or hard Jello, either. Using 2½ cups of boiling water for 6 oz of Jello will yield the best consistency for Jello Jigglers.
How Do You Get Jello Jigglers Out of Mold?
Spraying oil spray to the baking dish will help get your jello out of mold easily. Also make sure to let the jello to set properly. To unmold the Jello from the pan, you’ll need to place a flat plate on top, and invert the pan onto the plate. Wait for a minute or two, the Jello should come out easily.
If you are using a silicone mold, slowly lower the mold into some warm water to gently and neatly release the Jello. The Jiggler should slide right out.
Variations: 5 Jello Jigglers Recipes
- Layered Jello Jigglers: The possibilities are endless with layered Jello! Choose your favorite colors and create striped layers to celebrate any occasion! How about some team colors for the big game?
- Sugar-Free Jello Jiggler: For a guilt-free dessert, try these Jigglers on for size! The sugar-free version is just as tasty as the originals.
- Jello Jigglers with Alcohol: Take Jello shots to the next level with these boozy Jigglers! Add some alcohol to the mix to really get the party started.
- Jello Jigglers Eggs: These wiggly, jiggly, egg-shaped treats will be a hit with the kids on Easter or all year round! Bonus points: they’re super fun to make.
- Jello Jigglers with Apple Juice: For a healthier, fruitier snack, add some apple juice to the recipe. Kids and grown-ups will love these juicy, jiggly treats.
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I hope you like this recipe. If you try it, please comment below and let me know how your Jello Jigglers turn out!
Super Easy Jello Jigglers Recipe
- 2 ½ cups boiling water
- 2 packages Jell-O mix (3 oz each)
- cooking spray
- In a large bowl, add Jell-O mix.
- Pour in the boiling water and stir for 2 minutes until the mix is fully dissolved.
- Spray a 9-inch round baking pan with cooking spray, and wipe with paper towels.
- Pour in the mixture and poke any bubbles using a toothpick.
- Place the pan into the refrigerator for 4-5 hours or until completely set.
- To unmould the Jello from the pan, simply place a flat plate on top, and invert the pan onto the plate. Lift lift the pan gently.
- Cut the Jell-O into different shapes with your favorite cookie cutters. Serve and enjoy!
- This recipe yields gigglers in one color. If you’d like to have multiple colors as shown in the post, simply repeat the process with different Jell-O packages.
- DO NOT follow the instructions from the Jell-O’s package, as the ratio is different for Jello Jigglers.
- Spray the pan with cooking spray for easy unmolding. You can use a larger pan like a 9×13 baking dish for thinner jello jigglers.
- Don’t forget to pop the bubbles on the surface before chilling.