Layered Christmas Gelatin

Layered Christmas Gelatin combines classic Christmas colors with the staple holiday flavors peppermint and marshmallow. It’s an easy, festive treat that both kids and adults will enjoy.

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We make all kinds of holiday recipes this time of year, and while some of them can be quite fancy, others are super simple. This tasty gelatin recipe is the latter. It makes a festive addition to any holiday gathering, and it doesn’t take a lot of work!

glass of christmas gelatin on a cupcake stand

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s a festive dessert with classic Christmas colors.
  • It’s full of the classic holiday flavors of peppermint and marshmallow.
  • It’s easy to make!


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This recipe uses simple ingredients that you can find easily at your local grocery store. We’re showcasing the most important ingredients below, but you’ll find the complete list of ingredients along with amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Red and green food coloring
  • Monin peppermint syrup
  • Monin marshmallow syrup
  • Crushed candy canes
  • Redi-Whip

🔪 How to Make Layered Christmas Gelatin

Although you’ll have to be careful when layering the gelatin, this is a very easy recipe to make. It only takes a few minutes and a few simple steps.

green food coloring being added to a bowl of gelatin

Step 1: Mix the Gelatin

Add water to a medium-sized bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on top, allowing it to bloom according to the package directions. Stir well to blend.

green jello being added to a small glass

Step 2: Make the Colored Gelatin

Divide the gelatin evenly between 3 bowls. Add 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint syrup and red food coloring gel to one bowl, 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint syrup and green food coloring gel to another bowl, and finally, 1/2 teaspoon of marshmallow syrup and sweetened condensed milk to the last bowl.

Step 3: Layer

Fill the small dishes 1/3 full with the green gelatin and chill in the refrigerator for about an hour until set but not hard. Then, pour the white layer and chill in the same way. Finally, add the red layer and chill overnight to set. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and crushed candy canes.


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Any Syrup Brand – We love Monin, but you can use any brand of syrup.
  • Any Whipped Cream – We find Reddi-Whip easiest to use, but you can use any whipped topping that you might have.

If you love holiday Jello recipes, then check out this Christmas poke cake!

🥄 Equipment

It only takes a few simple items to make this recipe.

🥫 Storage

Store these in the refrigerator tightly covered for 7 to 10 days.

💭 Tips

We have some tips here to ensure this recipe is just as easy for you as we promised.

  • Be sure to let your gelatin bloom before mixing it. The bloom is essential for proper setting.
  • Be sure your gelatin layers are firm but not totally set before adding the next layer.
  • It’s easy to use a large liquid measuring cup with a pour spout for mixing the gelatin and pouring it into the bowls.
  • You can also use a ladle to add the gelatin to the dishes.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How long does gelatin take to set?

It takes at least 4 to 6 hours to set.

What is blooming gelatin?

It’s the process of soaking the gelatin in cold water before using it. It allows the gelatin to soften and incorporate fully when you add hot liquid.

How do I fix gelatin that didn’t set?

You can heat it slowly to help the unbloomed gelatin soften and then set.

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Layered Christmas Gelatin

This easy layered Christmas gelain is a festive treat loaded with peppermin and marshmallow flavors along with festive Christmas colors.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 Serving
Calories: 18kcal


  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Bowls
  • Small glass dishes


  • 4 cups Water
  • 4 envelopes of Unflavored Gelatin
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Red Food Coloring Gel
  • Green Food Coloring Gel
  • 1 teaspoon Peppermint Syrup Divided
  • ½ teaspoon Marshmallow Syrup
  • Candy Canes for Garnish
  • Redi-Whip Whipped Cream for topping
  • Crushed Candy Canes – to top


  • In a medium sized bowl, add the water, and sprinkle the Gelatin on the top, and allow it to bloom, following the directions on the package.
  • Stir well to blend. Divide the Gelatin into three smaller bowls – 1 1/3 cups each bowl.
  • In one bowl, add 1/2 teaspoon of the Peppermint Syrup, and stir well.
  • Add the Red Food Coloring Gel, about 2 – 3 drops, and stir well to blend.
  • In the next bowl, add 1/2 teaspoon of Peppermint Syrup, and stir well.
  • Add 2 -3 drops of the Green Food Coloring Gel, and stir.
  • In the last bowl, add the Sweetened Condensed Milk, and 1/2 teaspoon of the Marshmallow Syrup, and stir well.
  • Fill the small dishes 1/3 of the way full with the Green Gelatin, and place the dishes in the refrigerator for 1 hour for the Gelatin to set.
  • Check to make sure the Gelatin is firm, or set (it will be set, but not hard).
  • Remove the dishes from the refrigerator, and pour the White layer, on top of the Green Layer, making the dish 2/3 full. Place the dishes back in the refrigerator for another hour, to set the White layer.
  • Remove the dishes from the refrigerator, and pour the Red layer on top of the White layer, filling the dishes with the Gelatin.
  • Place the dishes back in the refrigerator overnight to completely set the Gelatin.
  • When ready to serve, place a large dollop of Whipped Cream on top of the Gelatin, and sprinkle crushed Candy Canes on top.
  • Serve garnished with additional Candy Canes. Enjoy!


I used a large 8 cup measuring cup, with a spout to pour from, to mix the Gelatin. It’s easy to pour into the smaller bowls. I used a small ladle to place the Gelatin into the small dishes, but you can also use a measuring cup with a spout to pour the Gelatin if that’s easier, instead of using small bowls. Try to keep the Gelatin divided evenly in the dishes for a pretty presentation.
Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes. 


Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 14mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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