Layered Strawberry Jello Cups

Layered Strawberry Jello Cups – a fun jello dessert to make for Valentine’s Day!

Layered Strawberry Jello Cups - a fun jello dessert to make for Valentine’s Day!
We’re getting ready for Valentine’s Day by celebrating with a whole week of Valentine’s themed parfait recipes! That means every recipe we’re sharing this week will be served in a glass, which is pretty much my favorite way to serve anything – like french fries and pretzel sticks!

I adore parfaits for a few reasons.
1. they are served in glasses. Yes, this is totally obvious, but to me this means less of a mess.
2. they are already made into individual servings.
3. they are made up of layers upon layers of deliciousness.

And our first recipe for Valentine’s Parfait Week is just that – it’s all about the layers!

Layered Strawberry Jello Cups - a fun jello dessert to make for Valentine’s Day!
If your Valentine is a fan of jello, I think they will be impressed if you make these layered strawberry jello cups! Or can you imagine the look on your kids faces if you were to surprise them with these jello cups?!

Usually I am all about chocolate on Valentine’s Day (just wait, a chocolate parfait will be coming) but jello is just so fun. Does it weird you out that you can mold it into any shape? That’s what I really like about jello!

Layered Strawberry Jello Cups - a fun jello dessert to make for Valentine’s Day!In terms of Valentine’s Day treats, this one isn’t going to ruin your diet or send your kids into a chocolate induced sugar frenzy. Plus, it’s a great dessert for our non-chocolate loving friends, which is bizarre, how can you not like chocolate?!

This recipe calls for a few simple ingredients: 5 packets of strawberry jello mix, water, cool whip, and strawberries. Easy!

Because each layer needs to set before you can add the next, this recipe takes a minimum of 11 hours, however that is based on estimating how long each layer will take to set. I found that it was easiest to make this recipe over the course of 2 days, just be sure to cover the cups in plastic wrap if they will be sitting in the fridge overnight.

Layered Strawberry Jello Cups - a fun jello dessert to make for Valentine’s Day!Layered Strawberry Jello Cups - a fun jello dessert to make for Valentine’s Day!You can easily switch out the strawberry jello for raspberry, mixed berry, or watermelon.. pick your Sweetie’s favorite!

Layered Strawberry Jello Cups

Total Time: 11 hours

Ingredients:

  • 5 packages of Strawberry Jello mix
  • Water
  • 2 cups of Cool Whip, plus more for topping
  • strawberries, to top each parfait

Directions:

  1. Layer 1: Combine 1 cup boiling water in a bowl with a packet of strawberry jello mix. Stir until the mixture is dissolved. Add in one cup of cold water and stir. Evenly divide this mixture among the cups you’ll be using. Refrigerate until set, 1-2 hours.
  2. Layer 2: Combine 1 cup boiling water in a bowl with a packet of strawberry jello mix. Stir until the mixture is dissolved. Add in one cup of cold water and stir. Add in 1 cup of cool whip, and stir until mixed. Evenly divide this mixture among the cups you’ll be using, layering on top of the previous jello layer. Separation may occur, causing a lighter and darker layer. Refrigerate until set, 1-2 hours.
  3. Layer 3: Combine 1 cup boiling water in a bowl with a packet of strawberry jello mix. Stir until the mixture is dissolved. Add in one cup of cold water and stir. Evenly divide this mixture among the cups you’ll be using. Refrigerate until set, 1-2 hours.
  4. Layer 4: Combine 1 cup boiling water in a bowl with a packet of strawberry jello mix. Stir until the mixture is dissolved. Add in one cup of cold water and stir. Add in 1 cup of cool whip, and stir until mixed. Evenly divide this mixture among the cups you’ll be using, layering on top of the previous jello layer. Separation may occur, causing a lighter and darker layer. Refrigerate until set, 1-2 hours.
  5. Layer 5: Combine 1 cup boiling water in a bowl with a packet of strawberry jello mix. Stir until the mixture is dissolved. Add in one cup of cold water and stir. Evenly divide this mixture among the cups you’ll be using. Refrigerate until set, 1-2 hours.
  6. Before serving top each parfait with cool whip and a strawberry.
NOTE: DEPENDING ON HOW MANY CUPS YOU ARE MAKING AND HOW THICK YOU WANT EACH LAYER, YOU MAY HAVE LEFTOVER JELLO FROM EACH LAYER. EITHER POUR IT IN A DIFFERENT CONTAINER TO SET OR THROW IT AWAY.

Layered Strawberry Jello Cups - a fun jello dessert to make for Valentine’s Day!
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49 Responses to “Layered Strawberry Jello Cups”

  1. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 26, 2015 at 7:09 am

    It’s been so long since I’ve had layered jello! This is such a fun idea!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 26, 2015 at 7:13 am

      I love the layers! Time consuming, but well worth it!

  2. Nutmeg Nanny — January 26, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Even at age 32 I’m obsessed with Jell-O. When I was in HS I would always take jello when it was offered at lunch…haha. Love the look of these layered parfaits. So pretty and perfect for V-day!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 27, 2015 at 7:26 am

      I think I will always love jello!!

  3. Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen — January 26, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Such a cute idea! I love anything layered :) I love food in glasses too- can’t wait to see what you come up with this week!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 27, 2015 at 7:33 am

      Thanks for being excited about parfait week Sherri! :)

  4. These are SO cute!!! I love layered jello and it’s been years since I’ve had some! Great recipe!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 27, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Thank you Sheena!

  5. Kathryn — January 26, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I love layered Jello. I just wish it didn’t take so long. My kids like to ask for jello for dessert all the time, but usually as I’m putting the dinner on the table and then there’s just no time. They’d love this though!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 27, 2015 at 7:32 am

      If only jello could magically set in like 3 minutes, that would be great for your kiddos!

  6. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — January 26, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I haven’t had this layered jello in forever!!! You are right though…so worth it!!! Love the fun pink layers in these pretty cups!!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 27, 2015 at 7:27 am

      This was my first time making layered jello, I love how it looks!

  7. Heather @ My Sweet Mission — January 26, 2015 at 11:47 am

    So very pretty Beth and I’m sure they’re absolutely delicious! Great job and gorgeous pictures too!

    Heather
    MySweetMission.net

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 28, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks for the sweet comments Heather!

  8. Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T — January 26, 2015 at 11:53 am

    These are so pretty, Beth! Love them.

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 28, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Julie, thank you!!

  9. Tonia from TheGunnySack — January 26, 2015 at 11:54 am

    My family always has strawberry Jello of some sort at our holiday celebrations. They would love this version!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 28, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      Tonia, that’s fun to have a strawberry jello tradition!

  10. Amy@Little Dairy on the Prairie — January 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    My kids would flip for these cute little parfaits! After all, everyone loves Jell-O!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 27, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Let me know if you make these cups for them!

  11. Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled — January 26, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Beth, I’m coming over right now!! I LOVE jello and these jello cups look so DELICIOUS!! And your photos are gorgeous, girl! :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 27, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Yes, come over! How fun would that be?!

  12. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — January 26, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I must be a kid at heart because I want these all to myself!! I love to make layered jello but my layers have never looked as good as yours! Lovely!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 27, 2015 at 7:30 am

      It’s all about the patience, haha

  13. Can you imagine if you made these boozy?! OMG. ha. Too much?

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 28, 2015 at 7:00 am

      Hahaha, do it!!

  14. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits — January 27, 2015 at 9:55 am

    These jello cups had me at hello! I never would have thought to mix cool whip into jello. SUCH a great idea!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 28, 2015 at 7:06 am

      And I love the layering effect the cool whip adds!

  15. Andi @ The Weary Chef — January 27, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    These are beautiful, Beth! I love that there is a creamy layer too.

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 28, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you Andi!

  16. Anita Ledford — February 1, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I made these for dessert today and they were an absolute hit! I definitely will make them again and I might try green for St. Patrick’s Day!

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 1, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      Anita, I am so glad you enjoyed them! I think we have a green version up our sleeve for St. Paddy’s Day :)

  17. steph v — February 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    If I have the larger packages of Jello (8.5 servings) – do I just used half a packet for each layer?

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 14, 2015 at 7:34 am

      Hi Steph! It all depends on how many cups you are making and how thick you want each layer to be. I suggest just pouring the jello into the cups, making each layer as thick as you want, and if you have left over jello, you could set it in a different container to eat separately or throw it away.

  18. Tj — November 18, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    25-30 years ago Jello sold a product called 1-2-3 Jello, which separated the jello into 3 layers. I wish they still had it

  19. Liz Lucero — December 17, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    When we were kids my mom told us that you had to set jello over night and we couldn’t have any until the next day. I was married for several years before I found out that wasn’t really true. I still feel a little silly for believing that but, hey it worked. We never pestered her for any until the next day.

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 21, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Haha silly mom secrets!

  20. Momof3girls — January 18, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I make layered jello all the time in less than half the time. Set up the layers in freezer! When i make 7 layer salad it only takes 20 minutes for each layer to set up, then store it in the refrigerator. This has similar thin layers, I’m sure it would work :)

  21. AuntTT — January 20, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Can these be made in clear plastic cups so they could be used for a classroom party? Or does it need to be glass?

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 22, 2016 at 9:42 am

      You can definitely use plastic cups!

  22. Holly — January 30, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Cute!  I’m going to do them blue and white for a Frozen themed party.  We’re doing these instead of cake or cupcakes, and we’ll add some blueberries and a snowflake decoration.  Thank you!  

  23. Jeremy Inglett — February 3, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Love everything about these! Great job, a lot of effort went into make these beauties.

  24. Shannon Reagan — February 13, 2016 at 11:42 am

    LOVE this idea –  making them today for our family party tomorrow!!  I can’t wait to try this for different holidays – thinking St Patty’s green, pastel for Easter, red/white/blue, etc!!!!  And I love the “boozey” idea :)

  25. Cheryl — February 13, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    I made these for my elderly neighbors.. they were a big hit, they LOVED them! A TIP… the extra plain jello I just left in the glass measuring cup that I made it in and placed it in the refrigerator. When I was ready for the next layer of plain jello I just microwaved the cup until the jello softened, throughly stired it and then added it to the glasses. It jelled again with no problem. I’m not sure if this would work with the layer with the cool whip included. Thank you for this great idea!

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 14, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Awesome tip Cheryl!!

  26. Betty Jo — March 21, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Could this be made in a bundt pan and then turned out? Or is it better in individual cups?

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 21, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Hi Betty! Great question, a bundt pan could be super fun but I am not sure if it would work!

  27. Vicky — March 28, 2016 at 5:52 am

    So pretty! So time consuming! My m-i-l used to make a ribbon jello with different flavors and and layers of cream cheese and cool whip mixed together. So pretty, tasty, and time consuming. I tried it once. Mine didn’t look like hers. Thank you. I pinned it.

  28. Stephanie — April 4, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Hi, I was just wondering how many cups you were able to make with that amount of ingredients?

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