I’m not exactly sure why, but for some reason it’s in my DNA to believe that every Easter celebration should involve Jello. I’m guessing it’s because my mom used to make legit Jello eggs every Easter — as in, she would hollow out actual eggs, wash the insides, and fill them with Jello. I can vividly remember it being my job to peel away the shells once the Jello set. It was tricky. Nowadays they have fancy plastic shells that do the same thing. But I digress! I had some silicone molds just begging to be used so we made some alphabet Jello treats and little Jello bunnies — a fun Easter food idea!
Alphabet Jello Treats
I kind of love these, not just for Easter, but for any celebration where you might need a fun dessert! You could spell out kids’ names at a party, or spell out a silly message for a coworker’s birthday, or just about anything. And I can personally attest to the fact that kids can help you make these fun treats. My 4 and 2 year old helped me stir all the Jello and spoon it into the molds. So you can count it as a family activity. 😉
Silicone Molds vs. Cookie Cutters for Jello Jigglers
Technically, these little guys are Jello Jigglers. The only difference between regular Jello and Jigglers is the measurement of water used (we’ll get to that in a bit). We used two silicone molds: one alphabet mold and one bunny mold. I really prefer using molds for Jigglers rather than cookie cutters because it completely eliminates wasted Jello. With the cookie cutter method, you make a tray of Jello and then cut into it, leaving lots of scraps behind. But with silicone molds, you pour every last bit of Jello into the molds and use it all. I also think it creates a much cleaner finished product.
I really liked these particular molds for this project because I felt like they were just the right size for a bite of Jello — not so big it wouldn’t hold its shape, but not so small it was barely a bite. You can snag our molds at the links below:
How to Make Alphabet Jello Jigglers
- Jello packets in various flavors
- nonstick cooking spray
- silicone molds
- measuring cups/spoons
- baking sheet
Step 1: Pour all of your Jello colors into various bowl; each color should be in its own bowl, with plenty of space for adding water.
Step 2: Bring a few cups of water to a boil. You’ll need 1/2 cup plus 1 TBSP of boiling water per 3 oz of Jello. (Be aware of which packages you’re purchasing; they usually come in 3 oz packages or 6 oz packages.)
Step 3: Add boiling water to each bowl of Jello. Again, if you’re using a 3 oz package, add 1/2 cup plus 1 TBSP. Double that for a 6 oz package. Note that this is slightly less water than the recipe on the Jello box calls for. I found that shorting the water a bit really helps the Jigglers keep their shape.
Step 4: Stir until all of the Jello has dissolved. Lightly coat the silicone molds with nonstick cooking spray to ensure easy release of your Jigglers.
Step 5: Place your molds on a baking sheet for easy transfer. Use a small ladle or spoon to spoon the mixture into the molds. Once all of the molds are filled, transfer them into a refrigerator. I find it best to chill overnight.
Step 6: Once completely chilled and firm, start removing your Jello. I find it best to push up from the underside of the silicone mold with one hand and gently ease the Jello out from the top with the other hand. Be gentle and careful not to rip the Jigglers.
Step 7: Once your Jello is all removed from the molds, you’ll want to pop it back into the refrigerator until it’s ready to serve.
Are these just so fun, or what?! I think a rainbow of colors looks so festive for spring. Henry doesn’t actually like to eat Jello (which is truly insane), but he wouldn’t stop jiggling these around! And between Maggie and Ryan the whole batch disappeared in a couple of days.
A fun tip for serving these, too: if you have a marble tray or platter, chill it in the fridge before serving. You can place these on the marble and it’ll help them stay extra cold while they’re on it. And it looks pretty too! Enjoy! xoxo
P.S. If you’re not making Jello, you have to try these!