Desserts don’t need to be complicated when camping, and kids love being involved in making them, so that makes jello cups a perfect option. Made in individual serves and with bright colors, they bring a spark of joy to all who eat them.
At the most basic, all you need to do is put jello in a cup. But there is a range of ways to add a bit more fun and portability to the idea. Set different colors before adding the next layer, alternatively add fruit or even cake.
Colors and flavors of jello can be swapped to meet any theme, such as sporting team colors, holiday themes, or brand colors. The choice of fruit can also be matched to your favorites such as pear, peach, and apple, or you can go fruit ‘cocktail’ and get a variety.
Jello Cups Recipe
- 1 packet jello flavor of choice
- 1 can tinned fruit
- 1 soft cake
- pot to boil water
- Choose a container that will allow you to travel and serve your jello, such as plastic containers or jars.
- Boil the required water as per packet directions, then make the jello. Divide among the selected containers.
- Layering jello is easy but takes time. Each layer must be created and then allowed to set. Make the first layer.
- When the first layer is set, make the second color of jello and allow it to cool. If it is too hot when poured onto the first layer of jello it will melt and create a blurry line. This process can be repeated many times, creating multiple layers.
- For a twist, you can set the jello on an angle to create more complex layer patterns.
- Open the tin of fruit and strain off all the juices. Divide the fruit among the containers.
- Make the jello and pour it over the fruit.
- This creates an interesting texture, jello soaks into the cake and sets creating textured jello. Break the cake up and distribute it between the containers.
- Make the Jello and pour it over the cake then allow it to set.
Combinations Layer Jello
- Using the different methods above complex layered jello can be created. For example, the base layer can be a red cake layer, the next layer can be an orange fruit layer, and then a top plain jello layer of green.