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How to Make Halloween Jell-o Jigglers
Spider, Jack-o-lantern and Ghost Jell-o Jigglers
I had no idea what an ordeal making black Jell-o would be. I ran across several recipes for getting black Jell-o and thought I'd try them out to make some Jell-o Bats, Jell-o Spiders and Jell-o Scared-y Cats for Halloween. Here are my results (with pictures) so you can judge for yourself.
You'll also find some ideas for white Jell-o ghosts and skulls, and Jack-o-lantern Jigglers!
Black Jell-o Jigglers
Extra Firm Jell-o Recipe
- Mix one package of Jell-o (or 2 or 3 Jell-o packages to achieve extra dark black color) with 1 cup of boiling water.
- Mix one package of Knox Gelatin with 1/3 cup of cold water.
- Mix together and stir well, to prevent Gelatin clumps.
- Let sit in refrigerator for at least 4 hours (8 preferable).
Black Jell-o Recipes
for bats, cats, witches, spiders and more
Best Black Jell-o Recipe - Vote For Best Flavor or Best Shade of Black
We tried two black Jell-o recipes I found online. Grape-limeade (two packages purple Jell-o and one package of green Jell-o) and the second was Black Cherry (two packages of black cherry Jell-o with blue food coloring).
Sometimes it Takes a First Grader
My first grader saw what we were going to do and told me neither would work (and she was right - just goes to show you that everything you read on the internet isn't always right). The Grape-limeade ended up looking really dark green and the Black Cherry was a really dark maroon / purple.
My daughter said we should try one package of blue Jell-o, one package of red Jell-o and one package of yellow Jell-o to get black. I think her first grade color theory might be better than both the recipes I tried (and am going to try it soon). Will post pictures to compare when I do.
What do you think the best black Jell-o recipie is?
Black Food Coloring - Transform Dark Jell-o Packages into Black
For some reason i've never purchased black food coloring. You can purchase black food coloring alone (not in a set of food colors) but from Amazon the prices for just black (with shipping) end up being about half the price of a set, so I'm just linking to a set that includes black in it.
This set of food colors comes with black so that you can turn any Jell-o package into black!
Spider Jell-o Jigglers - I love these friendly Halloween spiders
These are perfect for making black Jell-o spiders! You could also make black (or white) spider webs. White Jell-o recipes below. Next batch, I'm going to experiment with setting just a little black Jell-o in the bottom of the spiderweb silicone molds and then pouring white on top. We'll see how well they turn out. I'll post pictures.
White Jell-o Recipes
for ghosts, skeletons, and bones
Ghosts for White Jell-o
This Jell-o recipe doesn't have a package. We'll be using Knox Gelatin and normal baking ingredients to make our ghostly white Jell-o.
Prep Time: 15
Total Time: 15
- 2 cups Milk
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 Packages Knox Gelatin (1/2 oz)
- 1/2 cup Cold Water
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 cups Sour Cream
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Stir well to avoid Gelatin clumps.
- Spray pan or mold with no stick spray.
- Pour mixture into pan or mold.
- Let sit in refrigerator for at least 4 hours (preferably 8 hours to ensure extra firmness).
Skulls and Crossbone Jell-o Jigglers
This is not a silicone mold, so getting the Jell-o out intact is a bit trickier (but can still be done). You can spray the mold, and also place the bottom of the mold in warm water before popping them out. More tips for getting Jell-o Jigglers out intact.
Halloween Orange Jell-o
jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins oh my!
Black and Orange Halloween Jell-o Jigglers - With Diced Peaches
I made these by setting one layer of black Jell-o and then the orange Jell-o (with cubed peaches) 10 minutes later.
Jack-o'-Lantern Jigglers - Silicone Jack-o'lantern Molds Ship from Amazon
I love these happy Jack-o-lanterns. They are perfect for a Halloween Jell-o treat. The molds are deep enough that you can add some orange fruit to the recipe too (like mandarin oranges, or peaches or apricots). I made some translucent (nothing added) and some with one cup of Apricot Yogurt (so they wouldn't be see through).
Just make sure to stick to the Extra Firm Jell-o Recipe to make sure the Jack-o-lantern Jigglers comes out ready to be tossed around by small hands played with before being eaten.
Yum (and fun) Halloween Jell-o - And a Half-Eaten Sad-Looking Jell-o Jack-o'-lantern
No stick spray leaves Jigglers looking bumpy so smooth out with fingers before adding Jell-o mix.
Tips for Getting Jell-o Jigglers out of Pan Intact
- Spray pan or mold with no stick spray or olive oil.
- Stir Jell-o mix in a bowl separate from the pan or mold they will firm up in.
- Place the bottom of the pan or mold in warm water for several seconds before using cutters or popping jigglers out.
- Cut spare Jell-o away from cut-outs first.
Remove Extra Jell-o Around Jiggler First - This Helps Get the Shape Out Intact and Makes a Great Snack to Keep You Going!!
You can store all your scrap edges in an airtight container (or ZipLock bag) and eat them too. Why let them go to waste?
I had to stop my little helpers (ages 6 and 2) from over eating, though. I think they could have eaten an entire pan if I let them.
Jell-o Sheet, Halloween Cutters and Jiggler Molds
Jell-o Sheet Pans
I purchased this set of two baking pans for making our Halloween Jello sheets. The pans are 1 inch thick, and come with lids for easy transport. This is great because I plan on taking them with me for several children's Halloween Jell-o activities this month.
Perfect for making sheets of Jello blocks because they are 1 inch thick, plus they have traveling lids (for school parties, and friends houses).
Awesome Halloween Cookie Cutter Shapes - Great Shapes for Halloween Black Jell-o
If you're interested in making sheets of Jell-o and cutting out shapes, here are some excellent cutters for black Halloween shapes.
Who wouldn't want to eat a giant Jell-o black spider?
This is the best Halloween scaredy cat shape I found. The rest weren't as obviously cats.
Great looking bat for cutting out black Jell-o shapes.
Ninja's really aren't Halloween specific - but they would make AWESOME Black Jell-o Shapes!
Kraft's Cheap Halloween Jell-o Mold Ships for under $4.50 - Awesome and Inexpensive Halloween Jell-o Jiggler Mold
This Jell-o mold costs $1.50 plus shipping is only $2.95/item, so all in all it's a great deal. However, it takes 2 - 8 weeks to get your mold, so depending on when you see this - you might be purchasing your mold for next year.