Red, White, and Blue Stacked Jell-O Cups

I LOVE the 4th of July, absolutely love it! It's far and away Kitty's favorite holiday. She has claimed it as the holiday we will spend at her house when we start having kids. In case you were curious, Halloween is mine. Anyway, I wanted to make a new dessert for this Independence Day. I settled on this dessert in red, white, and blue. Our second mom used to make something similar to this in a single layer form years ago. After scouring the internet for a similar recipe - all the recipes I found used sour cream or condensed milk and I know that the one I remembered used whipped cream - I decided to wing it.  The first time I tried it, I learned some tricks that will make it easier.

What you'll need: 

3 Cups of Heavy Whipping Cream

1 - 6 oz. Package of Blue Raspberry Jell-O

1 - 6 oz. Package of Strawberry (or Cherry) Jell-O

3 TBSP Powdered Sugar (divided)

3 tsp Vanilla Extract (divided)

1 TBSP Vanilla Pudding Mix

Prepare strawberry jell-o according to package's cold-set instructions. Boil 1 1/2 cups water. Dissolve jell-o in water. Measure 1 cup of cold water, add ice to reach 2 1/2 cups. Pour jell-o over ice water and stir until almost all ice is dissolved. Remove any remaining ice. Whip 1 cup heavy cream with 1 TBSP powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla until fluffy. Add 3/4 cup of jell-o to whipped cream and whip to combine. Use remaining jell-o to fill chosen jars/containers. Fill only up to about 3/4" - 1". This will keep it thin enough to set quickly. Place containers with jell-o in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to set. Place bowl of whipped cream in fridge as well.

After 15 minutes, check jell-o for setting. It should be slightly sticky but still firm. You don't want it to be fully set or else the second layer won't stick. 

Remove jell-o and whipped cream from the fridge.  Use a spoon to gently scoop whipped cream over set jell-o. Place in the fridge for another 15-20 minutes.

Prepare blue raspberry jell-o the same as before.

When blue jell-o is prepared, remove jars from the fridge. Using an upside down spoon SLOWLY pour blue jell-o on the back of the spoon and into jars. Do NOT pour directly from a measuring cup, it will pour a hole through the whipped cream layer and separate the first two layers.  Repeat steps for setting and whipped cream layer.

Prepare another 1 cup of heavy cream with 1 TBSP powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 TBSP vanilla pudding mix. Whip until fluffy and stiff. Adding the vanilla pudding mix will insure that the whipped cream doesn't melt and keeps it's shape. After all layers have set, pipe whipped cream onto the tops.

Enjoy! 

*If you want a white layer in between the red and blue, prepare unflavored gelatin according to package quick-set directions, add clear flavored extract if desired, and add to whipped cream.