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Strawberry Lemonade Jello

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With its simple ingredients and easy prep, this strawberry lemonade jello is the perfect side for your next party or even an afternoon snack.

I know a lot of people search for the perfect lemon strawberry jello shot recipe. Well, this recipe is made in a casserole dish, and I don’t use flavored vodka or any other alcoholic beverage.

In fact this is the non-alcoholic version of those fun strawberry lemonade jello shots. And the good news is kids can eat them, and they are so tasty!

While I usually make a big batch in a dish, it is really easy to make individual servings by either using glass or disposable shot cups. But an even better way is to layer them in a muffin tin.

That gives you perfect portions, beautiful layers, and an absolutely beautiful plate of individual strawberry lemonade jell-o shots.

creamy lemon jello layer in casserole dish

What ingredients are in strawberry lemonade jello?

  • Package of Lemon Jello: this gives the lemon flavor to the bottom layer of the strawberry lemon jello salad
  • Boiling Water: this activates the gelatin powder so it will set
  • Cream Cheese: using room temperature blocks make it whip into a creamy fluff so easily
  • Half and Half Cream: this adds fluff and smoothness to the lemonade jello layer
  • Powdered Sugar: this sweetens the creams in the lemon layer
  • Vanilla: this adds flavor that you will miss if you leave it out
  • Package Strawberry Jello: this gives the lemon strawberry jello salad a beautiful red color on top
  • Frozen Sliced Strawberries: adding frozen strawberries in jello helps it set faster and gives great strawberry flavor
Frozen Strawberries, boiling water and strawberry jello in a pot

How to make strawberry lemonade jello:

  1. Mix lemon jello and hot water and set aside.
  2. Prepare your dish by spraying with cooking spray, then gently wiping with a paper towel.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese and slowly add half and half until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  4. Add sugar and vanilla and mix well before adding the cooled lemon jello; then mix well again.
  5. Pour the gelatin mixture into the dish and chill in the fridge until set.
  6. Combine strawberry gelatin and boiling water in a mixing bowl, then add frozen strawberries and mix well.
  7. Once it is mixed and cooled but not set, pour strawberry mixture on top of the lemon layer.
  8. Spread berries around so they aren’t clumped and place jello pan in the fridge.
  9. Chill and enjoy!

Pro Tip: When making your own jello, set means that perfect jiggly gelatin texture. But when you mix your strawberry jello salad with cream cheese like in the lemonade layer, it won’t look the same.

For the cream layer you want it to keep its shape when you tip the pan and to be so thick that you cannot stir it.

strawberry jello layer poured over lemon jello layer in casserole dish

When to serve strawberry lemonade jello:

While you can serve strawberry lemonade jello anytime you’d like, here are some of my favorite times to serve this dish:

  • Summer Parties: from birthdays to pool parties, this is a good idea for an easy and cool treat on a hot summer day
  • Neighborhood Block Party: if it’s your first block party, a big batch of this is always a huge hit
  • Potlucks: this is an easy dish to make it look like you have wicked kitchen skills; it looks great and is one of those classic flavor combinations that everybody loves.
  • Anytime you want: if you need a great strawberry lemon jello flavor, don’t let me tell you when to make it! Make these tasty shots when you want, and enjoy every bite.
spatula scooping out a portion of jello with a spatula

Can you put fresh strawberries in jello?

Yes you can put fresh strawberries in jello. If you use fresh in this strawberry lemonade jello recipe, you will need to wait before layering the strawberry on top of the lemon layer so it doesn’t melt the lemon layer and give you mush instead of separate lemon and strawberry layers.

Can you put frozen strawberries in jello?

Yes you can put frozen strawberries in jello! In this strawberry lemonade jello I prefer to use frozen. Frozen strawberries are already washed, sliced, and in perfect fresh condition.

Making strawberry jello with frozen strawberries also helps cool the boiling water in the jello so you can layer it on top of the lemon layer sooner.

zoomed out image of square of jello

Is strawberry lemonade jello gluten free?

Yes, every ingredient in this strawberry lemonade jello is naturally gluten free. But as always, whenever you need to make something gluten free, check the labels of every ingredient you use to make sure the brand you are using hasn’t added something into their product that contains gluten.

Pro Tip: Many jello packets are made in places that process ingredients containing gluten. Check with the person who needs their food gluten free to see how they approach ingredient labels like that.

a square of jello on a plate with a portion sitting on fork

Can you freeze strawberry lemonade jello?

No you cannot freeze strawberry lemonade jello and have it thaw to be the same dessert. If you put jello in the freezer, it freezes so hard that the ice crystals damage the gelatin blocks that give jello its structure.

That means when the jello thaws after being frozen, there is nothing to hold it together, so it becomes a watery soupy mess. You can freeze and use it as ice cubes in smoothies, but it won’t be as usable as a jello side dish.

Can dogs eat strawberry lemonade jello?

No, I do not recommend feeding your dog strawberry lemonade jello at all. While some dogs can eat very small amounts and be fine, the dairy in the lemon layer can upset some dogs’ stomachs. And more importantly, the xylitol sugar flavoring in the jello packets is toxic to dogs even in small amounts.

a square of jello on plate with fork full missing.

Is strawberry lemonade jello good for acid reflux?

Normally, gelatins and jellos are really good for acid reflux since the gelatin helps bind with the foods to help you digest things and can help heal your gut. However, this strawberry lemonade jello has real strawberries and a lemon layer.

Since the lemon flavor in this recipe comes from regular jello packets, the flavors are added and not real lemon halves or lemon wedges. That means if you have acid reflux, this is a flavored strawberry lemon jello and not a true citrus dessert, so you might be fine eating it.

The gelatin is really good for your acid reflux, so just decide how the other ingredients act in your body to decide if it is worth eating or not.

square of jello on plate with a forkful held close to camera lens.

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The flavor combos in this strawberry lemonade jello make it a perfect side for any occasion; with its bright colors it is a perfect dish to look at and to eat.

Yield: 12 Servings

Strawberry Lemonade Jello

spatula scooping out a portion of jello with a spatula

With its simple ingredients and easy prep, this strawberry lemonade jello is the perfect side for your next party or even an afternoon snack.

Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes

Instructions

  1. Mix together the lemon Jello and boiling water.
  2. Set aside to cool, but do not chill, we do not want this to set.
  3. Prepare a 9x13 casserole dish by lightly spraying the dish with cooking spray and then gently wipe most of it away with a paper towel. Set the dish aside.
  4. Once the jello cools (about 15 or 20 minutes) in a new bowl, beat the cream cheese.
  5. Slowly add the half and half mixing between each addition to create a smooth creamy mixture.
  6. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
  7. Add cooled lemon jello and mix well.
  8. Gently pour jello mixture into the prepared casserole dish and chill until mixture sets - 1 - 2 hours.
  9. Once the lemon layer has set, make the top layer of Jello.
  10. Remove jello from the fridge and set on the counter.
  11. In a bowl combine the strawberry jello with 2 cups of boiling water.
  12. Add the frozen strawberries and mix well.
  13. Jello will begin to gel quickly as the frozen berries will bring the temperature down quickly.
  14. Once the strawberry layer is well mixed, but not yet set, pour it over the top of the lemon layer.
  15. Spread berries around the top so they aren’t all clumped in one area and return to the fridge.
  16. Chill for 1-2 hours (or overnight) and enjoy the next day!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 61Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

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