Sharon's Jello Dessert for the 4th

Do you remember this dessert? Truly retro. My sister gave me the recipe back in the 50's when the kids were little and they loved it. Of  course back then, there was no blueberry Jello so you had to make do with blueberries on top. I'm not sure the adults at your house will enjoy it as much as the kids, but it was fun to revisit the recipe. Desserts like this were called "Broken Glass" because of the cubed jello in a variety of colors and flavors. Not very portable and certainly not what I call a quick dessert as it takes two days to make. But, as 
clichéd as it is, it kind of goes along with the 4th if you stick to red, white and blue. 

As for me, I'd rather eat cake. :)

Sharon's Retro Broken Glass Jello Dessert

1 (3 oz.) pkg. blueberry Jello
1 (3 oz.) pkg. raspberry Jello
1 (3 oz.) pkg. blackberry Jello
Boiling water
2 (3 oz.) pkgs. lemon Jello
1 1/2 c. pineapple juice
1 pt. heavy cream, whipped
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter

Prepare the three Jello's using 1 cup boiling water per package and 1/2 cup cold water; let set in separate pans overnight or until set. I used 9 x 9 inch pans. Cut into small squares when set.

Make a graham cracker crust: 
Combine crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and butter; pat firmly into 13 x 9 inch pan and bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

Dissolve lemon Jello in 1 cup boiling water; add pineapple juice; let thicken somewhat. Whip cream with 2 tablespoons sugar; fold in lemon Jello mixture. The fold in remaining Jello cubes and refrigerate until set.
Decorate the top with fruit, cut into squares and serve.


  1. Have a great 4th of July! That dessert is really festive and delicious looking!



  2. Very retro indeed and fully qualifies for the red white and & blue theme. I had rather eat cake too. Happy 4th of July Barbara.

  3. I'd rather have cake also but this would be so cute to have on the table!

  4. Me too on the cake! I don't remember this dessert. I do remember my mother making some very good jello creations.

    Happy 4th!


  5. Have a wonderful holiday!!!! Enjoy!

  6. Happy Independence Day! I just love the American flag and all the red, white and blue desserts. The broken glass jello theme looks great, something I remember enjoying with my cousins down in Indiana.

  7. The Knight would love it. He happens to have duty tomorrow night. If I start tonight - probably around 8 - can it be ready for dessert tomorrow night?

  8. Love this I wanna try

  9. I've never had it, but it looks so good, I'd love to try! Have a very Happy 4th :)

  10. The Knight would love it. He happens to have duty tomorrow night. If I start tonight - probably around 8 - can it be ready for dessert tomorrow night?

  11. I am not familiar with this sweet but it sure looks like something I would gladly try Barbara! Have a great 4th of July!

  12. So pretty and delicious my friend :D
    Happy 4th!


  13. Brings back memories! :)

  14. What fun! While I, too, will probably stick to cake for the celebration it is so much fun to see the "oldies" taking another bow. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  15. These are my favorite kinds of holiday recipe! And I grew up in the 60s! I love this Jello classic - it's a suburban celebration at its best!

  16. Sometimes the oldies are still the goodies :) This is a great dessert for the kids too. It's so hot here today, I think it would melt after 5 minutes outside!

  17. Happy 4 July!! Barbara I love your dessert!

  18. Nostalgic and fun. I remember loving these kinds of cakes and I long for one now.

  19. i've always thought the broken glass effect was one of the most impressive. i love that you adapted it for the 4th--bravo!



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