4th of July Jello Cups

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4th of July Jello Cups are an easy 4th of July dessert made with layers of red Jello, blue Jello, and Cool Whip.

If you are looking for a tasty fourth of July jello dessert you will love these layered jello cups.

Served in individual cups or glass jars, these no bake 4th of July desserts are a perfect 4th of July party dessert. Their red, white, and blue colors make them a great option to serve up on Memorial Day or Flag Day as well.

red, white, and blue layered jello cup topped with patriotic sprinkles

Plus, you will love how easy this red white and blue dessert is to make–all you need are 2 boxes of Jello and a tub of Cool Whip.

The most difficult part is waiting for the layers to set before adding the next. But trust me, these festive and patriotic desserts are worth the wait!

Individual size red, white, and blue layered jello cup with sprinkles and a silver spoon sticking out of the cup.

For a red, white, and blue layered jello recipe with alcohol, try these tasty 4th of July Jello Shots!


3 ounce box of Berry Blue Jello, 3 oz box of Raspberry Jello, and 8 oz tub of Cool Whip

Here is what you will need…

  • Red Jello— strawberry, raspberry, or cherry work well
  • Blue Jello— berry blue or blue raspberry are great options
  • Cool Whip— for the white layer
  • Water— boiling water and cold water, as per Jello instructions
  • Sprinkles— optional, but a nice touch

You will also need small glasses or cups. Amazon has a few good options such as these shooter-style cups and these stemmed plastic glasses.

How to Make Jello for 4th of July

  1. Prepare red Jello, add to the bottom of cups, and allow to set.
  2. Add a layer of Cool Whip and chill.
  3. Prepare blue Jello. Refrigerate for 15 minutes then add to Jello cups and return to the fridge to set.
  4. Top with sprinkles, if desired, and serve.
Collage of process of making fourth of july layered jello cups. Each image shows top-down view of glass with red jello, then cool whip, then blue jello, then sprinkels on top.

How to Store

Store your patriotic jello Cups covered with plastic wrap in the fridge for up to two days. 

Recipe Tips & Variations

  • Make sure to pour the blue jello layer gently on top of the cool whip layer so that you don’t disturb it.
  • For a healthier option, top your Jello Cups with blueberries and chopped strawberries instead of sprinkles.
  • If you are in a hurry use the “speed set method” on the Jello box, this way your layered jello cups with cool whip will set quicker.
  • Switch up the colors/flavors to make layered Jello cups for other holidays. Try red and green for Christmas or two shades of red for Valentine’s Day.
Patriotic jello and cool whip dessert cup in small glass with spoon next to it

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my layers mixing together?

If you add a layer before the previous layer has enough time to set it can cause the colors to run. To avoid this be sure to let each layer set before adding the next.

What can I used instead of Cool Whip?

For the white layer you can use a mixture of unflavored gelatin and sweetened condensed milk. Combine one packet of gelatin mix with 1 cup of boiling water then stir in 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk. Allow it to cool for about 30 minutes before layering it into the cups. Or try this Cool Whip substitute.

More easy 4th of July desserts

red, white, and blue layered jello cup topped with patriotic sprinkles
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4th of July Jello Cups

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 10 minutes
Set Time 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 10 minutes
4th of July Jello Cups are an easy patriotic dessert made with red Jello, blue Jello, and Cool Whip.


  • 1 3 oz box Red Jello
  • 1 8 oz tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 3 oz box Blue Jello
  • boiling water and cold water as per Jello instructions
  • patriotic sprinkles optional


  • Prepare the red jello according to the package directions. Divide the jello between your cups and place them in the fridge to chill until the jello has fully set (about 2 hours). 
  • Once the first layer has set, divide the Cool Whip between the cups. Smooth the top of the Cool Whip using an offset spatula or a spoon. Transfer the cups to the fridge to chill again– about 2 hours. 
  • Prepare the blue Jello according to the package directions. Place the blue Jello in the fridge for about 15 minutes. You don’t want it to start to set, just to cool down a bit. Divide between the cups and place them back in the fridge to set completely (about 2 hours) and ready to serve.
  • Serve chilled. Top with red, white, and blue sprinkles before serving, if desired.


The size of glasses/cups you use will determine how many servings the recipe will yield.
Store covered with plastic wrap in the fridge for up to two days. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 186kcal
red, white, and blue layered jello cup topped with patriotic sprinkles

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  1. 1st layer and cool whip layer were set and cold made blue jello placed in fridge let it get cold poured gently on top of cool whip and after a half min cool whip floated to top of blue jello. What went wrong? Disappointed poured off blue tried again 1/2 hr later same flip flop

    1. Oh no! When this happens it typically means that either the Cool Whip didn’t chill long enough, the blue jello didn’t cool enough, or the Cool Whip layer wasn’t smooth and solid (allowing the jello to seep under it).

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