) “Amaze Your Guests with This Jello Surprise Recipe

Welcome, my fellow food enthusiasts! Today I bring you a recipe that is sure to make your taste buds dance in delight. This is a recipe for a delectable dessert that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Introducing the Jello Surprise, a dessert that is gluten-free and dairy-free!

Are you tired of constantly searching for gluten-free and dairy-free dessert recipes? Look no further, as this recipe will fulfill all of your cravings without sacrificing flavor or texture. The Jello Surprise is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients that are easily accessible at any local grocery store.

This recipe is perfect for those with celiac disease, lactose intolerance, or anyone following a low-carb diet. You can indulge in this dessert without any worries about adverse side effects on your body.

So what are you waiting for? Follow along as I walk you through each step of this delicious gluten-free and dairy-free Jello Surprise recipe. Get ready to impress your loved ones with your newfound dessert skills!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Jello Surprise (Gluten Free)
Jello Surprise (Gluten Free)

Are you tired of the same boring dessert options? Do you want to indulge in something delicious but still maintain your gluten-free and dairy-free lifestyle? Look no further than this amazing gluten-free Jello surprise recipe!

Not only is this recipe incredibly easy to make, but it’s also customizable to your own taste preferences. With a base of gluten-free Jello, this dessert can be mixed with a variety of different fruits and pretzel crusts for a unique twist on traditional desserts.

One of the best things about this dessert is that it’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re entertaining guests or simply enjoying a sweet treat after dinner, this Jello surprise is sure to impress. The vibrant colors and fun textures make it perfect for summer gatherings such as Fourth of July barbecues or pool parties.

But the best part? This recipe is low carb! You can indulge in a sweet treat without feeling guilty about breaking your diet or compromising your health.

So go ahead, give this gluten-free Jello surprise recipe a try. You won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 A wiggly, jiggly treat for all ages to enjoy!
A wiggly, jiggly treat for all ages to enjoy!

Before starting any recipe, it is important to gather all the necessary ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make this Jello Surprise dessert:

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups of gluten-free pretzel sticks, crushed
  • ¾ cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup of granulated sugar

For the Filling:

  • 8 oz of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup of Cool Whip (dairy-free if necessary)
  • 1 ½ cups of boiling water
  • 1 package (3 oz) of strawberry Jell-O (or other gluten-free flavor)
  • ½ cup of cold water
  • Frozen strawberries (optional)

For Garnish:

  • Extra Cool Whip (dairy-free if needed)
  • Fresh strawberries

Make sure to use the exact ingredients and measurements as written for perfect results. Also, double-check that all products are labeled as gluten-free to avoid any allergic reactions.

The Recipe How-To

 Hidden fruit chunks make this jello more than meets the eye.
Hidden fruit chunks make this jello more than meets the eye.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Preparing Jello Surprise

Now, let’s get started with making the delicious jello surprise (gluten-free) recipe. Here are the detailed and straightforward instructions:

Step 1: Prepare the Crushed Pretzel Crust

First, preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C. Take a medium-sized bowl and combine approximately two cups of crushed gluten-free pretzels, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and ¾ cups of melted butter. Mix these ingredients well to form a crust and press it into a nine-inch square baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven and cool on a wire rack.

Step 2: Make Jello Filling

In another mixing bowl, dissolve two packs of strawberry gelatin or any other gluten-free flavored jello (3 oz each) into boiling water (2 cups). Once it’s completely dissolved, add frozen strawberries (10 oz) to it and stir well until blended perfectly.

Step 3: Add Cool Whip Layer

Whip one container of Cool Whip or any other dairy-free whipped cream substitute until it gets smooth and fluffy.

Step 4: Assemble Jello Layers

Now comes the part where you assemble everything together in layers. First, spoon the cold crushed pretzel crust mixture into an even layer on the bottom. Pour half of the jello filling on top evenly to cover the crust; then place the dish in refrigerator for about one hour to chill. After that, spoon half of the whipped cream over jell-o in an even layer; repeat layers once more – starting with filling followed by whip cream.

Step 5: Chill and Set

Lastly, refrigerate again for at least two hours or overnight to ensure that jello has set correctly. Once chilled, carefully cut it into slices and serve cold.

That’s it – this jello surprise is straightforward to make, and it offers up a delicious balance of sweet, salty, and creamy sensations. Don’t hesitate to experiment with different flavors of jello or fresh fruit for the ultimate gluten-free dessert experience!

Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with this gluten-free dessert.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this gluten-free dessert.

When it comes to making Jello Surprise, there are plenty of substitutions and variations that you can try out to make this recipe your own. Here are a few ideas:

– Instead of using traditional Jello, consider using a gluten-free Jello alternative. There are many brands available that offer gluten-free options that still taste great.

– If you prefer dairy-free desserts, you can substitute the cream cheese in this recipe for a dairy-free alternative like almond or soy cream cheese. Similarly, you could use coconut whipped cream instead of Cool Whip.

– For a lower-carb version of this dessert, consider swapping out the pretzel crust for a nut-based crust. Crushed almonds or pecans mixed with a little coconut oil can make an excellent base for this recipe.

– If you love fruity desserts, try experimenting with different Jello flavors. Strawberry is a classic choice, but orange, raspberry, or even lemon could work well too.

– Want to take this dessert to the next level? Consider adding fresh fruit slices or frozen berries to the mold before pouring in the Jello mixture. This will add extra texture and color to your dish.

– Finally, for a truly impressive dessert presentation, try making broken glass jelly pudding (also called stained glass dessert) using a similar technique as this recipe. This variation involves creating colorful layers of Jello in different shapes and sizes before cutting them into cubes and mixing them with whipped cream and pudding.

With these simple substitutions and variations, you can customize Jello Surprise to suit your tastes perfectly. Happy experimenting!

Serving and Pairing

 A colorful treat to brighten up any day.
A colorful treat to brighten up any day.


Once your gluten-free jello surprise has set in the refrigerator and is ready to serve, it’s time to enjoy the fruity, creamy goodness! There are various ways to serve your jello surprise—some folks prefer to eat it directly from the dish, while others may use a cookie cutter to shape individual servings. Regardless, you can’t go wrong pairing this dessert with a dollop of whipped cream or Cool Whip on top. The sweetness of the whip balances out the tanginess of the jello and gives an additional layer of texture to your dessert.

Another serving suggestion for your gluten-free jello surprise is to top with fresh fruits or berries that complement its fruity flavors. Try sliced strawberries or raspberries on top for a pop of color and flavor. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can mix different fruits together for contrast in colors and tastes. Or if you’re feeling indulgent, chocolate shavings on top add a decadent bite.

For those accommodating dietary needs beyond just gluten-free, this dessert can easily adapt for dairy-free by swapping Cool Whip for coconut whipped cream or almond milk whipped cream. To make it low-carb and keto-friendly, use sugar substitutes instead of regular sugar.

Pairing-wise, this dessert is perfect for picnics or outdoor events—its light, refreshing texture makes it a favorite in summer gatherings. Its mild sweetness and fruity flavors complement grilled meats well, so consider serving it alongside barbecue chicken or grilled steak.

Overall, the serving possibilities are endless with this gluten-free jello surprise! Be creative and have fun experimenting with toppings and serving suggestions that best suit your preferences.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Who says jello is just for kids? This recipe is for everyone.
Who says jello is just for kids? This recipe is for everyone.

It’s always a good idea to plan ahead, especially when it comes to food. That’s why I love this Jello Surprise recipe – it’s perfect for making ahead of time and storing in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

To make this recipe ahead of time, simply follow the instructions as normal and cover the dish with plastic wrap or a lid. It can be stored in the fridge for up to three days.

When ready to serve, give it a quick stir and add a dollop of whipped cream or Cool Whip on top. For an extra special touch, garnish with fresh fruit, such as sliced strawberries or raspberries.

If you have any leftovers, store them covered in the fridge for up to two days. When reheating, do so in short spurts in the microwave or on low heat on the stove. Be sure to stir frequently to ensure even heating.

This Jello Surprise recipe also freezes well! Simply store it in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to two months. When ready to enjoy, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

Enjoy this dessert all year round – whether it is for a festive Fourth of July celebration or as a simple, satisfying treat after dinner.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Bring some fun to your table with this playful dessert.
Bring some fun to your table with this playful dessert.

Ensuring that each jiggly bite of this Jello Surprise comes out perfectly can be a little tricky if you’re new to manipulating gelatin and working with low carb ingredients. So, here are some tips to help make sure that every batch you make is a sweet success:

1. Follow the instructions to the letter – Gelatin can be a bit finicky, so it’s important to measure out your ingredients precisely and follow the recipe’s instructions closely.

2. Dissolve it completely – Make sure your gelatin and pudding powder dissolve fully in boiling water before adding any cold water.

3. Use cool whip at the right temperature – If the cool whip isn’t thawed all the way it won’t mix properly and will produce “mush” instead of “fluff”.

4. Add cold water carefully – Don’t add too much cold water or you’ll dilute the Jello mixture, and it will take longer to set.

5. Add frozen fruit quickly- Adding frozen fruits might slow down the setting process, so add them quickly once they are taken out from the fridge.

6. Chill long enough – Letting your Jello Chill for at least 4 hours in the fridge is necessary for it to set properly. Do not remove from fridge before its firm.

7. Use low carb ingredients wisely – Using low carb alternatives like sugar-free pudding and sugar-free jello makes this dessert option healthier but moderation is key as they still contain artificial sweeteners that might affect your blood sugar level in excess quantity.

8. Play around with molds shapes – Experiment with different molds shapes; bundt cake pan or individual cupcake-sized tins are quite popular and result in an elegant presentation.

By following these tips, you’ll have nothing but success making this gluten free, dairy free, low-carb treat that is perfect for any occasion!

Bottom Line

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I strongly recommend trying this delicious Jello Surprise recipe that is both gluten-free and dairy-free. Not only is it a tasty and refreshing dessert, but it’s also low-carb and healthy. It’s perfect for anyone looking to maintain a strict diet while still indulging in sweet treats without feeling guilty.

This recipe offers various options for substitutions and variations, allowing you to add your own unique flavors to the mix. Plus, it’s easy to make ahead and store for future enjoyment or as a party dessert.

So why not give this Jello Surprise a try? I guarantee that you’ll love it! If you have any questions or concerns about this recipe, please refer to the FAQ section or feel free to contact me. Enjoy!

Jello Surprise (Gluten Free)

Jello Surprise (Gluten Free) Recipe

I am sure that many of you have had different variations of this yummy jello treat before. However, I didn't see the recipe on the site, so I decided to add it, it's one of my favorites! Plus it's gluten free. Cooking time is the time the jello takes to set.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 6 small portion size bowls
Calories 213.9 kcal


  • 1 (85 g) package cherry Jell-O
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sliced peaches in juice
  • 1 (8 ounce) can whipping cream or (8 ounce) can Cool Whip


  • In medium size bowl add jello crystals and 1 cup hot water. Stir until the crystals desolve.
  • Then open can of peach slices and pour the fruit juice in a liquid measruing cup. The fruit juice should fill the liquid measuring cup up to about 2/3 cup full. Then add cold water to the measuring cup so that it equals 1 cup.
  • Pour the one cup of fruit juice/water into the bowl and mix.Set aside.
  • Place sliced peaches in the bottom of large bowl, or in the bottom of small portion size bowls.
  • Pour the jello liquid into your bowl(or bowls) over top of the peaches.
  • Cover bowl, or bowls with saran wrap and place in fridge for a few hours, overnight, or until set.
  • When jello is set top with whipped cream or cool whip.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 104gCalories: 213.9kcalCarbohydrates: 17.3gProtein: 6.2gFat: 14.2gSaturated Fat: 8.7gCholesterol: 51.8mgSodium: 40.4mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 6.9g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Beginner Cook, Dessert, Easy, Free Of..., Fruit, Gelatin, Inexpensive
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