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  • 12-Layer Jell-O Salad
  • 12-Layer Jell-O Salad
  • 12-Layer Jell-O Salad
  • 12-Layer Jell-O Salad
  • 12-Layer Jell-O Salad

12-Layer Jell-O Salad

Food | December 22, 2017 | Nik Manojlovich
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What could be more festive than this 12-LAYER JELL-O SALAD? Get the kids involved in making it and it’s fun for the whole family!

Let me set the scene: I’m six years old and we’re heading to my Aunt Liz and Uncle Louie’s for Christmas Eve. Of course, there will be singing and presents and fun with all my cousins, but the one thing I’m most looking forward to is a mammoth helping of one of Aunt Liz’s legendary Jell-O desserts. Some involved cream, nuts and pineapples, others bananas and who knows what, but my absolute favourite was this 12-LAYER JELL-O SALAD. To this day I have no idea why it’s called a ‘salad’, but for tradition’s sake, let’s go with it!.

Thankfully my cousin Linda is now the keeper of Aunt Liz’s recipes, so when I sent out a request to share, she happily obliged – she’s like that, always willing to share wonderful treats.

Looking at the photos of the completed creation you may be thinking, “Sheesh, that looks like a lot of work!” Well, this was my first attempt at preparing it, and I can assure you the process gets easier and easier by the layer; the only thing you must allow for is time, but with that on your side, Polly, put the kettle on, and let’s get going!

JELL-O – I used brand name Jell-O for this recipe, the classic powdered gelatin blended with flavourings, and sugar or artificial sweeteners. Dissolved in hot water then chilled, it can be moulded into all kinds of fun shapes for desserts and snacks.

FLAVOURS & COLOURSJell-O comes in a wide range of colours and flavours, so you can create the perfect look and taste by assembling your favourites. I selected mine based on colour as I was looking for a red and green layered look. Head HERE to learn about the many different flavours and types of Jell-O available.

TIMING – It took about 3½ to 4 hours to make this, but most of that was waiting for each layer to chill and set. Despite the starts and stops, I found the entire process to be quite fascinating. I love how the product and this recipe perform.

ON THE LEVEL – Linda mentioned the importance of having a level fridge to avoid lopsided chilling. Tilts can easily be leveled by placing small pieces of folded paper under the corners of the glass dish once it’s placed in the fridge.

KIDS & GRANDKIDS – I couldn’t help but think about how much fun it must be to make this recipe with kids. The only difficult step is adding boiling water at the beginning of each new colour, but with adult supervision, I think kids will be fine.

SERVICE – Serve this salad as a stand-alone sweet treat or present it as an interesting delight on a holiday buffet. No matter how you slice it, everyone will love this whimsical menu item.

12-LAYER JELL-O SALAD – a retro treat for the holidays!


2 Responses to “12-Layer Jell-O Salad”

  1. Shashi at SavorySpin says:

    THIS is simply GORGEOUS! My mom is diabetic so holiday desserts are always kinda limited to a 6-rotation of sugar free desserts I have but I can easily make this with sugar free jello for her! Thanks so much for such a fun and delightful treat!


Ingredients & Amounts

  • 6 boxes of Jell-O, various flavours
  • 8 cups of water
  • 2 cups of sour cream (1 pint)


  1. Dissolve an entire package of Jell-O in 1 cup of boiling water. Divide into two bowls. Set aside one bowl. Add a 1/3 cup of cold water to one bowl and whisk until well combined. Pour the clear Jell-O into a 9x11 glass casserole dish. The layer will be very thin. Refrigerate until set. Then add 1/3 cup of sour cream to the second bowl of reserved Jell-O, whisk until well combined and pour onto the clear layer.
  2. Repeat process with other 5 boxes of Jell-O.
  3. Cut into small squares or serve as-is, allowing guests to scoop out portions as they wish. Always serve chilled.

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