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Red White and Blue Jello treats are so fun and festive. Plus, they are really easy to make. Everyone will love this patriotic recipe.

Red White and Blue Jello Cups
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I love how these red, white and blue jello treats turned out. We wanted a fun tasty treat for 4th of July, but I wasn’t sure exactly how these would come out.

These are easy to make for any occasion. They are also perfect for Memorial day. See 97 of The Best Memorial Day Food Ideas and even more 4th of July Desserts including these Patriotic Oreo Truffles Recipe, Red White and Blue Cheesecake Salad and these 23 Easy 4th of July Cookies.

Why We Love This Recipe

This festive treat is always a crowd favorite. You can easily make this for other occasions by simple just changing the color of the Jello. My kids love to help and I love how simple the recipes are.

We have even made blue layered jello shots in shot glasses for a girls night in.

Ingredients for 4th of July Jello

Blue Jello and cherry jello and a jar of maraschino cherries and clear cups

Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe and ingredients in the recipe card.

Substitutions and Additions

  • 4th of July Jello Shots. – If you are hosting an adult party. This is a fun patriotic jello shots to make. You can easily mix in alcohol such as vodka, tequila for a delicious cocktail.
  • Change the Jello Flavors – You can easily make these treats for any occasion. Change the red layer to a strawberry jello or orange jello.
  • White Layer – You can easily use a unflavored gelatin to make the white layer add 1 cup of cool whip.

How to Make Red White and Blue Jello

Mixing water and blue jello in a bowl

Step 1 – Make the Blue Layer – Make the berry blue jello according to the package instructions with cold water. Fill your cups ½ cups full with the blue jello mixture.

Blue Jello in a clear cup

Step 2 – Allow layer to Set – Next, place in the fridge for about an hour to let the jello set. If you are in a hurry, you can put in the freezer for just a few minutes to do the trick.

Top the jello with cool whip in clear cup

Step 3 – Add White Layer – Fill cups another ⅓ full with whipped cream. It does not take much for this layer.

Red Jello in a bowl mixed with water

Step 4 – Make Red Layer – Stir Cherry jello ingredients with cups of boiling water. Let it cool in fridge for 20 minutes. Make sure the jello doesn’t solidify at all. You just need it to cool down so you can pour it on top of your whipped cream without melting it.

  • Step 5 – Refrigerate – Refrigerate to allow the cups of jello to start to set. After a few minutes, add the cherry allowing the stem to stick out like a firecracker.
  • Step 6 – Set Jello – Return to the fridge for another 30 minutes to allow the jello to set until firm.
  • Step 7 – Serve and Enjoy – These fun and festive Jello 4th of July will be perfect for all the holidays. Make them for Labor Day, Memorial Day or 4th of July. You can even make red and green for Christmas. We like to serve them cool instead of room temperature.

Recipe Tips

  • Allow Jell-O to Set – When making the white and blue layered jello. Make sure to allow it to set in the fridge.
  • Adding White Layer – When adding the cool whip topping, make sure to smooth out the top. We like the layers to be defined as that adds to the look.
  • Cool Red Layer – When preparing the red jello layer make sure to let it cool to right before it sets. This allows you to easily stick the cherry in the red layer.
  • Refrigerator – Before serving we recommend allowing the jello cups to set in the fridge for about 30 minutes. This allows for the jello to be firm and ready to serve.
Red white and blue jello in a clear cup

How to Make White Jello

I’ve seen these cute firecracker treats all over pinterest, but they used milk mixture in the middle to make the white. However, that didn’t sound very tasty to me as sweetened condensed milk can be very heavy.

Instead, we used cool whip for the white layer. Everyone loves cool whip with their jello so it makes the perfect middle white stripe.

Everyone loved it and I think the cool whip is much better than milk. You get a bite of jello and milk in each spoonful making this so delicious.

How to Store Jell-O Cups

Store these Jello Cups in the refrigerator when not serving. They will last about 4 days if stored properly.

Red white and blue in a clear cup

More Easy 4th of July Treats

We love to hear from you. If you make this jello red white and blue recipe, please leave us a comment or a star review.

Red White and Blue Jello

5 from 18 votes
You have to try this easy Red, White, and Blue Jello next time for your 4th of July party. It is easy to make, the kids love it and everyone will be impressed.
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 187


  • (1) 6 ounce package of Cherry Jello (or other red flavor)
  • (2) 3 ounce packages of Berry Blue Jello
  • (1) 8 ounce container of Cool Whip
  • Maraschino cherries (with stems)
  • Clear plastic cups
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  • Make the Berry Blue Jello according to the package instructions. Fill your cups ⅓ full with the Berry Blue Jello (I used about ⅓ cup for my cups).
  • Place in fridge for 1 hour (or 10 minutes in the freezer if you’re in a hurry).
  • Fill cups another ⅓ full with Cool Whip, smoothing out the top. I used about 2 tablespoons for my cups).
  • Place in freezer.
  • Make Cherry Jello immediately. Let cool in fridge for 20 minutes. You don’t want to Jello to solidify at all, you just need it to cool down so you can pour it on top of your Cool Whip without melting it.
  • Remove cups from freezer and jello from fridge. Fill the remainder of your cup with red jello (leave a little bit of room at the top).
  • Refrigerate for another 20 minutes or just until jello starts to set slightly. Push one maraschino cherry with stem into the red jello, leaving the stem stick out like a little firework.
  • Refrigerate for another 30 minutes, or until jello is firm. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

If you are looking for a fun treat that’s not too sweet, then you have to try these red, white and blue jello treats! Feel free to substitute different flavors/color combos.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 187kcal, Carbohydrates 33g, Protein 3g, Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 17mg, Sodium 160mg, Potassium 33mg, Sugar 31g, Vitamin A 155IU, Calcium 23mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    Yes I think you could.

  2. Carrie Barnard says:

    I love it! thank you for leaving a review

  3. Kai Secrist says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe! I made my own whipping cream instead of using cool whip. I waited 30 mins instead of 20, for the whipping cream to freeze more in the freezer and red jello to cool more in the fridge. Thanks for sharing it!

  4. Carrie Barnard says:

    Oh no! Yes, I usually want until until the cool whip is frozen to the touch. I will clarify in the recipe. Thank you!

  5. Carrie Barnard says:

    Yes, that should work great!

  6. Casey says:

    I followed the directions as written, but my cool whip ended up floating to the top when I added the red layer. I guess the cool whip needs to freeze longer and/or the red jello needs to cool down longer than 20 min in then fridge.

  7. Rebecca says:

    Can these be made a day in advance and left in refrigerator?

  8. Brielle Turner says:

    5 stars
    Hello, this recipe is great! I was wondering if you used 16oz cups? Thanks!

  9. Kim says:

    Can you make a couple of days ahead of time?

  10. Carrie says:

    Make sure to place the cups in the freezer once the cool whip layer is added (freeze until cool whip is solid) and this will keep that layer from floating to the top once the red jello is added on top.

  11. Kayla says:

    I followed this exactly and the cool whip layers all floated to the top when I poured the cooled jello liquid on top ?????. Is there something I missed? I’m sure it will still be delicious.

  12. Carrie says:

    You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy it!

  13. Deb says:

    Looks great! Can’t wait to try this recipe for Memorial Day! First time our family is all getting together in over a year! Thanks for the cute idea!