How to Make Jell-O Jigglers

Updated on January 10, 2020
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Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

Step-by-step photos and instructions on how to make Jell-O jigglers.
Step-by-step photos and instructions on how to make Jell-O jigglers. | Source

I'll be the first person to admit that Jell-O has never been my favorite sweet treat. In fact, for many years I wouldn't even look at it. I think it had something to do with a hospital visit where I could only eat Jell-O and broth for about 3 days. For a long time whenever I thought of it, I thought of the hospital.

But that all changed a little while ago when my daughter wanted me to make her some. She's never cared for the texture of regular Jell-O, but she had tried some at a friend's house that was denser, and she liked that.

So I headed to the store, bought a couple of boxes of flavored gelatin, saw the recipe on the side of the box, and whipped up a batch of jigglers. I have to admit, they were good, really good. They were also lots of fun to make.

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Jiggler shapes just waiting to be eaten.
Jiggler shapes just waiting to be eaten. | Source


This is probably going to be one of the easiest recipes you'll ever make. In addition to the ingredients, all you are going to need is a 13 x 9 pan, a large bowl, wax paper, cookie cutters and a spoon. That's it.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 3 hours
Ready in: 3 hours 5 min
Yields: Varies depending on size of cookie cutters used


  • 4 packages (3 oz each) flavored gelatin
  • 2 1/2 cups water


  1. Bring the water to a boil. Then mix the packets of gelatin in.
  2. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved, about 2–3 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture into a 13x9 pan and chill for a minimum of 3 hours. I like to chill the pan overnight.
  4. Before cutting out shapes you'll need to loosen the Jell-O from the pan. I do that by filling the kitchen sink with a couple of inches of warm water and setting the pan into it for about 10–15 seconds.
  5. Using cookie cutters, cut out whatever shapes you want, being careful not to leave too much space in between cuts. A nice bonus here is that depending on what shapes you use, you'll have plenty of scraps left over to snack on.
  6. Place the cutouts on wax paper. To store, layer between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container. Refrigerate.


Some people suggest using non-stick spray to prepare the pan, but I don't care for that taste, so I don't use anything. I do try to use non-stick metal pans and make sure to leave the pan in the warm water long enough to loosen the Jell-O adequately. I have found it's harder to remove the Jell-O from glass pans.


Ingredients for making Jell-O jigglers
Ingredients for making Jell-O jigglers | Source

You don't need much for this recipe and most people have Jell-O in their pantry. I usually stock up on our favorite flavor when they are on sale.

Mixing the Ingredients

Mixing it all together.
Mixing it all together. | Source

Bring the water to a boil and pour into a bowl. Be careful, it's hot. Stir in the gelatin until it is completely dissolved. This could take a couple of minutes.

Preparing the Mixture for Chilling

Pour the mixture into a 13 x 9 pan.
Pour the mixture into a 13 x 9 pan. | Source

Pour the mixture into a 13 x 9 pan and chill for a minimum of 3 hours. I used a glass pan because I thought it would look better in the photos but normally I use a metal pan for ease of removal.

Loosening the Jell-O from the Sides of the Pan

Immerse the chilled Jell-O into warm water.
Immerse the chilled Jell-O into warm water. | Source

Immerse the bottom and sides of the pan in warm water for about 10–15 seconds to loosen the gelatin from the sides and bottom. This will make it easier to remove the cutouts.

The best way I've found to do this is by filling my kitchen sink with a couple of inches of water. A baking tray filled with warm water can also be used. Be careful not to get water in the Jell-O.

Cutting Out the Shapes

Cut out shapes
Cut out shapes | Source

This is the fun part. Pull out your favorite cookie cutters and start cutting. I try to keep the cuts as close to each other as possible so there isn't too much waste in between the shapes.

Place the cutouts on wax paper and store in an airtight container. Refrigerate.


Use a smaller pan to get a thicker cutout.

If you don't have cookie cutters, a sharp knife will work.

Jell-O Jiggler Hearts
Jell-O Jiggler Hearts | Source

Jigglers have become one of my favorite go-to treats for impromptu gatherings. They are such an easy treat to make. They can be made in any shape and flavor and they're budget and time-friendly. How can you go wrong with a snack like that?

Jell-O jigglers are a wonderful addition to any party table!
Jell-O jigglers are a wonderful addition to any party table! | Source

© 2017 Claudia Mitchell


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    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      17 months ago

      I'm so glad you made them. They are fun to make. And I'm gonna to have to try without loosening. The fun part is you can make these for any occasion. Thanks for commenting!

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      Ally Ream 

      17 months ago

      Just made these last night and they were perfect! I used cooking spray, then lightly wiped it with a paper towel to thin it out on a non-stick 13X9 pan. I did not need to loosen with warm water, they came right off the pan no problem. We could not taste the cooking spray at all! I also did not have wax paper, so just stacked them to store. They did not stick to each other. Can't believe I never made these before...Awesome and super easy!

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      21 months ago


    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      2 years ago

      Interesting flavor for jello. I'm going to have to try that sometime. Thanks.

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      Sara W. 

      2 years ago

      You can make chocolate jugglers by using unflavored Knox gelatin & adding Hershey's syrup to it! It's great!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      2 years ago

      There is something about the texture that makes these so fun. I remember making them with my son when he was young. They are great as valentine treats.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      2 years ago

      Thanks everybody. These are fun desserts to make. Bill I do wish there was chocolate jello, but not sure if it would ever taste like the real thing!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had to read this to find out what the heck a jiggler was. LOL I think the next time I eat Jello will be the next time I have to go to the hospital. :) For whatever reason, it's never been a huge treat for me. Now if there was such a thing as chocolate Jello I would have my cupboards filled with it. :)

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      Heidi Thorne 

      2 years ago from Chicago Area

      I remember these from being a kid! Certainly a low-cal snack that is visually fun. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      That looks lovely and fun to make too. I'd love to give this a try. Thanks. =)


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