Step back in time with the enchanting Crown Jewel Dessert, a delightful symphony of colors and flavors! Also known as Broken Glass Jello or Stained Glass Jello, this retro treat is a mosaic of lime, orange, and strawberry gelatin cubes, suspended in a creamy Jello mix. Each bite of this vintage masterpiece offers a burst of fruity flavor, beautifully contrasted with the creamy sweetness of whipped topping.
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What makes the Crowned Jewel Dessert so special?
Unique in appearance, this gelatin dessert goes beyond nostalgic Jell-O molds and is something that will truly impress your guests. Depending on where you live, you may better know this Jell-O creation as Broken Glass Jello, Stained Glass Jello, or Mosaic Gelatin.
In this vintage treat, whipped topping is stirred into strawberry Jell-O and used to enrobe lime, orange, and strawberry gelatin cubes. Although similar in concept to the Mexican snack Gelatina con Tres Leches, which uses cream, whole milk, and sweetened condensed milk, Crowned Jewel Jello is much lighter in flavor and lower in fat and calories.
Why you'll love to serve this jello dessert
Besides being a real showstopper, Crowned Jewel Dessert is easy to make, economical, and appeals to the imaginations and taste buds of both children and adults. The treat's casual elegance makes it perfect to take along in a cooler to a picnic, and you'll be proud to bring this spectacular dessert to your next potluck.
Like any Jell-O recipe, it's simple to customize with other Jell-O gelatin fruit flavors or add a few touches to make it your own. Check out the 'Recipe Variation' section below for a few suggestions.
When did this Broken Glass jello recipe uriginate
This is another dish that proves you don't have to be a trained chef to make your mark in the culinary world. Like many of the most beloved recipes, this one came from a home cook who submitted it to a food manufacturer as part of a contest.
According to a news article, R.J. Gatti sent General Foods the Broken Glass Jello recipe back in 1955 and received $10 as a payment. After tweaking the submission, the company introduced the new dessert to the public during Jell-O's 60th-anniversary celebration and later used it in promotional material.
Crown Jewel Dessert ingredients
For this Broken Glass recipe, you'll need:
- Lime Jell-O
- Orange Jell-O
- Strawberry Jell-O, two packages
- Boiling water
- Cold water
- Whipped topping
Use classic Jell-O brand gelatin or your favorite alternative.
This recipe was tested using thawed Cool Whip, but you can use another brand of whipped topping or fresh whipped cream instead.
How to make broken glass jello
To prepare this old-school Jell-O dessert:
- Empty the lime Jell-O package into a small bowl. Mix the powder with a cup of boiling water for two minutes until it fully dissolves, then stir in a half cup of cold water.
- Repeat in separate bowls with the orange Jell-O and one package of strawberry Jell-O.
- Pour each flavor of Jell-O mixture into a different pan. Cover the pans with plastic wrap and chill for at least four hours.
- Use a knife to cut the firm gelatins into half-inch cubes. Reserve a cup and a half of each flavor for later and eat or save the extra Jell-O.
- In a large bowl, mix the second package of strawberry Jell-O as above. Cover the bowl and chill for 45 minutes. You don't want the Jell-O to set, but it needs to cool and thicken.
- Once chilled, mix in half of the whipped topping until well blended.
- Add the reserved Jell-O cubes and gently fold them in with a spatula.
- Spray a 9 x 5 loaf pan with vegetable oil and pour in the Jell-O mixture.
- Cover the loaf pan and chill for four hours.
- After the Jell-O sets, flip the loaf pan over onto the serving plate and cover the top and sides with the remaining whipped topping. You can serve it immediately or loosely tent it with aluminum foil and put it back in the fridge.
You can easily add special touches to this Crown Jewel Dessert recipe. Here are a few ideas:
- Substitute other flavors of Jell-O. Use your favorite flavors of gelatin. Lemon gelatin is a great substitute for the lime gelatin and cherry for strawberry.
- Take Jell-O shots to the next level. Try replacing the cold water in the cubed Jell-O with your favorite chilled alcohol. Vodka is the most neutral choice, but feel free to experiment.
- Add some toppings. Garnish the whipped topping with crushed nuts, dried fruit, macerated coconut, or maraschino cherries.
What to serve with Crowned Jewel Dessert
A few crunchy and rather plain cookies like Nilla Wafers contrast nicely with a slice of Broken Glass Jello. Offering a side of fruit salad is a wonderful way to make this dessert a bit more nutritious.
How to Store Broken Glass jello
Keep any leftovers in the fridge. Loosely tent the Crowned Jewel dessert with aluminum foil to help prevent the whipped topping from drying out.
How long does this Jell-O treat last?
The whipped topping may begin to dry out after a day or two in the fridge, and it is best to finish within three or four days.
More Vintage Jello Recipes
Crown Jewel Dessert
- 1 4-serving package lime jello
- 1 4-serving package orange jello
- 2 4-serving packages strawberry jello divided use
- 4 cups boiling water divided use
- 2 cups cold water divided use
- 8 ounces Cool Whip thawed, divided use
- Prepare the lime, orange, and 1 package of the strawberry jello separately as directed on the packages, using 1 cup of boiling water and ½ cup of cold water for each package. Pour each flavor into separate 8-inch square pans and refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.
- Cut the chilled jello into ½-inch cubes and measure 1 ½ cups of each flavor. (Use the remaining cubes for a parfait or garnish.)
- In a medium bowl, dissolve the remaining package of strawberry jello in 1 cup of boiling water. Refrigerate for 45 minutes or until slightly thickened. Then stir in ½ of the whipped topping and mix until well blended before gently folding in the measured jello cubes.
- Pour the mixture into a 9x5-inch loaf pan and refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.
- Unmold and garnish with the remaining whipped topping and jello cubes, if desired.