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Mexican multi colored gelatin: Gelatina mosaica by Karen Hursh Graber © 2012

No kids' party in Mexico would be complete without a gelatin, and this one is so easy and attractive. It really does look like sparkling mosaic tiles set in a background of white, and is just like the ones sold by the "gelatin ladies" on street corners and in little stores, plastic cups and all. There are many brands of gelatin dessert powders sold in Mexico, but Jello seems to be the most popular.


  • 4 packages Jello (3 ounce size), in different colors and flavors
  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin (.25 ounces)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Prepare packets of Jello according to package directions and pour each flavor into a different rectangular mold. Refrigerate to set.

When set, cut the Jello into 1 inch cubes and distribute them evenly into 12 clear plastic cups, with a mix of colors in each. (A couple of large glass bowls could be used instead, but kids like having their own individual cups.)

Dissolve the plain unflavored gelatin into water and stir in both kinds of milk until thoroughly combined. Pour the milk mixture over the gelatin cubes. Refrigerate to set, at least 4 hours. (Makes 12 servings.)




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Published or Updated on: June 9, 2012 by Karen Hursh Graber © 2012
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