4th of July Firecracker Jell-O Cups!

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These Red, white, and blue 4th of July Firecracker Jell-O shots will be the hit at your Independence Day celebrations.

Do you host or attend a large July 4th party with family or friends? July 4th is one of our favorite holidays. There is nothing better than spending time with family, friends, enjoying great food and fireworks. I decided to feature these Firecracker Jell-O cups because they are kid-friendly. Plus, in my opinion, Jell-O for summer BBQ’s is always super fun. My girls are the first to snag a cup or load their plate with any Jell-O or treats we serve up. Jell-O is such a fun food. I am thinking the colors are what really puts all of us in a fun mood. It’s easy and fun to make these simple layers of Jell-O in small cups with a cherry on top to resemble a firecracker. How cute and fun! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend and enjoy your time with your loved ones.



  • 1 Blue Jell-O Gelatin (like 3 oz package Berry Blue)
  • 1 Red Jell-O Gelatin (like 3 oz package Cherry)
  • 1 envelope Unflavored Gelatin (like Knox)
  • 1 1/3 cups boiling Water
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • Maraschino Cherries drained




  1. If you can find tall shot glasses they will work best, but any clear glass will do.
  2. Place blue gelatin in a bowl and add 2/3 cup boiling water.
  3. Stir well until dissolved and allow to cool.
  4. Fill each cup 1/3 full of blue and place in refrigerator.
  5. Add 1/3 cup of milk to another bowl and sprinkle unflavored gelatin over top.
  6. Heat remaining 2/3 cup of milk to a boil.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in sugar to dissolve.
  8. Add heated milk to gelatin/milk mixture and stir until blended.
  9. Allow to cool.
  10. Gently fill all cups the next 1/3 of the way with white mixture and return to refrigerator.
  11. Place red gelatin in a bowl and add 2/3 cup boiling water.
  12. Stir well until dissolved and allow to cool.
  13. Place a cherry on top of each glass and add about 1/4″ of red gelatin to each.
  14. Place in refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  15. Pull from refrigerator and try to adjust to get stems to point upward.
  16. Fill each cup the rest of the way with red and place in refrigerator.





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