Football Field Jello

***While not specified throughout this post, kids (over 18 months) can definitely help with this recipe by stirring and pouring ingredients except for the boiling water.  They especially love licking the spoons after stirring!***

What I Used (9×13 dish):


  • 5 boxes (6oz) Lime Jell-O
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 packets Knox Unflavored Gelatin
  • Optional: gel decorative icing

(1) Boil 3 cups water.  Dissolve 3 packets of Knox Unflavored Gelatin into 1 1/4 cups of boiling water.  Set aside.  Note: If possible, transfer mixture to a 2-cup measuring cup as you will be divvying up the mixture in 1/4 cup increments throughout this recipe.


(2) Dissolve 3 packets of Knox Unflavored Gelatin into 1 3/4 cups of boiling water.  Add 1 can sweetened condensed milk.  Set aside.  Note: If possible, transfer mixture to a 4-cup measuring cup as you will be divvying up the mixture in 3/4 cup increments throughout this recipe.


(3) Boil 1 cup of water.  Dissolve 1 packet of Lime Jell-O in 1 cup boiling water.  Add 1/4 cup of the gelatin mixture, stir.  Pour into 9×13 dish.  Place in refrigerator.  Let set for 20-30 minutes.


(4) Pour 3/4 cup of the milk mixture over the green layer.  Manipulate the dish in order to evenly spread the milk mixture.


TROUBLESHOOT: If you didn’t set the previous layer long enough or if your new layer is too warm when you go to add it, your dish may look something like this:


Ultimately, it won’t affect the taste of your final product.  You will just end up with a more “marbled”-looking layer in there.

(5) Let set in the refrigerator 15 minutes.  While waiting, combine 1 cup boiling water + 1 packet Lime Jell-O + 1/4 cup gelatin mixture for the next layer.

(6) Add second green layer.  Let set 10-15 minutes.


TROUBLESHOOT:  The remainders of your Milk Mixture or Gelatin Mixture may set while waiting to be used and will end up looking like this if you try to use them:


To re-liquefy them, microwave the individual Mixture (before adding to the 9×13 pan) for 20 seconds before use.

(7-12) Continue alternating Milk Mixture and Jell-O + Water + Gelatin Mixture until you end with your 5th green layer.


Store in fridge (up to 48 hours).


Before serving, decorate with gel icing.

I also cut and re-plated the pieces to look like a football field.  This way, the lines were cleaner and guests were able to self-serve more easily than trying to scoop the Jell-O directly out of the 9×13 dish.  Since the serving platter was larger than 9×13, I used aluminum foil here to hold the shape.



One of my absolute favorite things about this recipe is that you have ample time to get other things done while you’re already feeling productive by making something so beautiful and delicious!  Here are some ideas for what you can accomplish during these 15 minute “set” breaks:

  • Play a game with your kids
  • Chores–you can finish a whole load of laundry in the downtime while “cooking” this recipe, sweeping, dishes, etc
  • Walk the dog (or yourself) around the block
  • Pack lunches for tomorrow
  • “Quality time” with your spouse
  • Down time–you are “in the middle of cooking” after all

For other tailgating or football party ideas, check out Football Shenanigans: A B1G Day!



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2 responses to “Football Field Jello”

  1. […] It’s an easy finger food, sweet but not too unhealthy, and it’s easy to make.  This jello is incredible and can be modified to fit any color combination with little effort.  The colored […]

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