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Gelatin Desserts

Looking for recipes for gelatin desserts? Taste of Home has the best gelatin dessert recipes from real cooks like you, featuring reviews, ratings, how-to videos and tips.

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Classic ribbon gelatin salad gets an up-to-date makeover with this tropical treatment. Cream of coconut creates the creamy layers in these showstopping parfaits. I like to surprise my nieces and nephews with this Jell-O mold done in neon colors. —Dan Kelmenson, West Bloomfield, Michigan
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Cherry Gelatin Flowers

Cherry Gelatin Flowers

Cherry Gelatin Flowers

Our Test Kitchen had fun creating these jolly gelatin jigglers—but not as much fun as your kids are likely to have helping to make them! Best of all, you can vary the cookie-cutout shapes (and gelatin flavors) to suit a year of seasonal holidays—from Halloween to Valentine’s Day.

Fourth of July Jell-O

Fourth of July Jell-O

Fourth of July Jell-O

"With six children, I'm always looking for wholesome quick recipes," shares Mabel Yoder of Bonduel, Wisconsin. "This colorful salad can be fixed by school-age children and looks so pretty served in a glass bowl."

Watermelon Gelatin Dessert

Watermelon Gelatin Dessert

Watermelon Gelatin Dessert

For a refreshing change from the usual birthday cake, flavor your party with this "fruitful" favorite! Since the treat is so easy to prepare, you'll likely want to serve it for other occasions...or even any day at all!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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Slimy Red Goop Salad

Slimy Red Goop Salad

Slimy Red Goop Salad

This frightfully fun salad features cola, which adds to the bright, sparkling taste.

Orange Charlotte

Orange Charlotte

Orange Charlotte

"Mom prepared this light and fluffy citrus dessert whenever Dad grilled outdoors," recalls field editor Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. "It gave our meals a fresh-tasting finish!"

Prism Cake

Prism Cake

Prism Cake

Try this colorful cake next time you want to make something a little different for dessert.

Cranbrosia Gelatin Mold

Cranbrosia Gelatin Mold

Cranbrosia Gelatin Mold

Guests "ooh" and "aah" when I bring out this fancy fruit-filled ring. Garnished with mint, sugared cranberries and mandarin oranges, it's one brunch show stopper that's pretty enough to serve as a dessert! —Gladys McCollum Abee, McKee, KY

Circus Peanut Gelatin

Circus Peanut Gelatin

Circus Peanut Gelatin

Circus Peanuts were one of the most talked-about candies in my hometown's old-fashioned candy shop. When I saw this gelatin recipe that called for Circus Peanuts, I knew just where to buy them and tried the recipe. Kids love its cool fruity taste, and older folks enjoy the trip down memory lane. -Ruthanne Mengel, Demotte, Indiana

Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad

Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad

Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad

By alternating fruity layers of gelatin in harvest colors with sweetened sour cream, Melody Mellinger of Myerstown, Pennsylvania created one eye-catching treat. "Kids really fall for it," she says with a laugh, "but it's impressive enough to satisfy any adult."

Tuxedo Cream Dessert

Tuxedo Cream Dessert

Tuxedo Cream Dessert

My adaptation of my grandmother's signature dessert always garners oohs and aahs. It's pretty and deliciously rich and creamy. Gran and I have both considered it a favorite for entertaining because it can be made up a day ahead.

Tropical Island Dessert

Tropical Island Dessert

Tropical Island Dessert

In New Iberia, Louisiana, Ashely Walls makes this adorable island with instant pudding and blue gelatin. While teens can easily assemble this treat, younger kids may need an adult's help.
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