These old Jell-O Crown Jewel Dessert recipes still make dazzling treats

Retro Jell-O Crown Jewel Dessert recipes with colorful gelatin chunks - Click Americana

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These Crown Jewel Dessert recipes are perfect for more than just special occasions — they’re a fun way to bring a little sparkle to any meal. Bright colors, playful textures, and tasty flavors make these jello dishes a hit with both kids and adults.

Maybe it’s a family barbecue or just a Tuesday night dinner; these vintage Crown Jewel jello recipes (also called broken glass gelatin) add a touch of magic to the menu. So why not give one of them a try?

Dive into this mini-collection and discover how easy it can be to whip up a batch of these jiggly jewels, and see for yourself how they’ve stood the test of time.

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Crown Jewel Dessert recipes (1960s)

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Also known as Broken Window Glass Cake, this is a spectacular dessert that fits busy schedules — the gelatin for cubes may be made one day, and the remainder of the dessert can wait until the next day.

Retro Crown Jewel colorful jello dessert recipe

Crown Jewel Dessert

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 13 hours 30 minutes

Here's a classic Jell-O recipe from the 1960s!


  • 1 package (3 ounces) each Jell-O Orange, Cherry, and Lime gelatin
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 package (3 ounces) Lemon Gelatin
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 2 cups whipping cream


  1. Prepare the three flavors of gelatin separately, using 1 cup boiling water and 1/2 cup cold water for each.
  2. Pour each flavor into an 8-inch square pan.
  3. Chill until firm, or overnight.
  4. Then combine the lemon gelatin, sugar, and remaining 1 cup boiling water; stir until gelatin and sugar are dissolved.
  5. Stir in pineapple juice.
  6. Chill until slightly thickened.
  7. Meanwhile, make the crumb crust. Mix the crumbs and melted butter; press into bottom of 9-inch spring-form pan. (If desired, press part of crumbs on sides of pan.)
  8. Cut the firm gelatins into 1/2-inch cubes.
  9. Then prepare whipped cream (or whipped topping mix as directed on package); blend with lemon gelatin.
  10. Fold in the gelatin cubes.
  11. Pour into pan.
  12. Chill at least 5 hours, or overnight.
  13. Run knife or spatula between sides of dessert and pan, and remove sides of pan before serving.
  14. If desired, spread additional prepared whipped topping or whipped cream on top and sides.


*Instead of crumb-butter mixture, you can use 16 to 18 ladyfingers (split) to line pan.

NOTE: Other Jell-O Gelatin fruit flavors may be used instead of those suggested in recipe, forming any combination of colors desired. For instance, make all the cubes of Jell-O Black Raspberry or Lime Gelatin and substitute Jell-O Strawberry Gelatin for the lemon gelatin.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

Click Americana offers approximate nutrition information as a general reference only, and we make no warranties regarding its accuracy. Please make any necessary calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have dietary concerns.

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Crown Jewel jello dessert mold retro recipe
Crown Jewel jello dessert mold retro recipe

Variations of the Crown Jewel Dessert/broken glass dessert

Crown Jewel Jello Pie

Prepare Crown Jewel Dessert, pouring mixture into 2 ladyfinger- or crumb-lined 9-inch pie pans. (To line pie pans with ladyfingers, use about 18 ladyfingers, split. Line the bottoms of the pans; then cut remaining ladyfingers in half crosswise and line the sides of the pans.)

Crown Jewel Jello Pie
Crown Jewel Jello Pie
Crown Jewel Cheese Dessert (not pictured)

Prepare Crown Jewel Dessert, substituting 2 packages (3 oz each) cream cheese, beaten with 1/4 cup milk until fluffy, for the whipped topping.

Crown Jewel Mold

Prepare Crown Jewel Dessert, omitting crumb mixture and pouring mixture into a 3-quart mold or 9-inch spring-form pan.

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  1. I remember the molded salad from my childhood. My gramma made it for holidays. I have looked for these recipes for a long time. Now I have them. Thank you!

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