February 22, 2012

Ice Cream Jello

For my daughters' birthday party in the Fall, I made these cute individual Jello Aquariums.  They were a big hit, so I wanted to do something similar for my son's recent Super Science Party.  I came across this recipe for Ice Cream Jello at the Food Librarian and thought that it would be fun to make in single serving containers.  While mine didn't form layers quite as nicely as the inspiration recipe, I thought they still looked really cute in my pretend beakers. 

I made a few different flavors and they were all delicious, creamier versions of jello.  They were really easy to make too!

Here's what you need for each batch:
  • 6 oz box of Jello, any flavor (or two of the smaller 3 oz boxes)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
(NOTE:  The original recipe also used Knox plain gelatin so the jello could be cut into squares and served as finger food.  Because I was going to be serving mine in cups, I did not want mine that "solid", so I eliminated that ingredient)

Here's what to do:

1.  Add your two cups of boiling water to the jello powder and stir until dissolved.

2.  Add 2 cups of vanilla ice cream and stir until all the ice cream has melted into the jello mixture.

3.  Pour into individual cups (or any kind of larger mold) and refrigerate.  A creamier layer will rise to the top as it settles and cools.

For my mock beakers, I just used a Sharpie to draw lines and numbered markings on a plain, clear plastic cup.  (Obviously, these aren't to scale at all and the numbers have nothing to do with actually measuring the Jello!)  However, I think they looked fairly realistic once filled.

At our Science party, I set them out on a tray with a little sign.  They looked cute and the kids really enjoyed them.

I'm so glad I came across this recipe for Ice Cream Jello.  It was a hit for our party, but easy enough that I definitely plan on making them again just for snacks.

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  1. Wow, Laura, you just amaze me with your creativity and I think Audrey would love these ice cream jello cups any day of the week!

    I bet you could even make rainbow ones...my wheels are cranking now!

  2. My goodness, that is a great party for the kids! Thank you for all the detail and fantastic ideas. My son will turn 9 in March - maybe I can muster up all my energy and do this.

  3. Alison,

    You can do it! In all honesty, it wasn't too bad preparing for it at all. Now the actual party was a little hectic, but kids' parties always are! :)

  4. So cute and yum my kids are going to love this! Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a BRILLIANT idea! I'd love to have you share this with my readers for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party! http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/02/fun-stuff-fridays-12.html

  6. These look great - what a fun idea!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Love all your ideas! I'm having a science party soon!

  8. Laura, love your site. I have been making "ice cream jello" for years and put mine in cookie crusts topped with whip cream. I now make it with fatfree yogurt instead, same results, and everyone loves it. Looking forward to learning and sharing with other followers. Kathy

  9. You have such fun ideas! I want to make this with a class I am teaching called "Sweet Experiments". How much does this recipe serve?

  10. Thanks, Kim! The serving yield is pretty much the same as with regular jello (maybe just a little more), it's just a creamier texture.

  11. Thanks! I'll let you know how it goes. Excited!!

  12. I am amazed at what other things can be made with jello. Another receipe I will, I mean, my kids will try. Will blog about this-thanks.

  13. I'm 39 years old and I was just remembering how much I loved it when my Gramma would make me ice cream Jello, so I searched it and found your page. I had forgotten how to make it, and then I found this. I am so excited, I'm going to make it tomorrow.

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