Red, White and Blue Patriotic Parfaits

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Celebrate summer and get patriotic with these red, white and blue gelatin parfaits. Impress friends and family with angled layers of strawberries, blueberries, and creamy vanilla ice cream. These cute little desserts, made in Mason jars, will get your backyard barbecue or rooftop fireworks display off to a festive start.

These festive desserts are surefire crowd pleasers.
These festive desserts are surefire crowd pleasers. (Image: Victoria Belanger)

What You'll Need

For the red layer: 1 (3 oz) package of strawberry gelatin 1 cup of boiling water ½ cup cold water 1 cup chopped strawberries

For the white layer: ¼ cup cold water 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) of unflavored gelatin powder ½ cup boiling water ½ cup sugar * 1 cup vanilla ice cream, liquefied

For the blue layer: ¼ cup cold water 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) of unflavored gelatin powder ½ cup boiling water ½ cup sugar * 1 ½ cups blueberries

  • 6 (½ pint-sized) Mason jars
  • Whipped cream to garnish

This recipe makes six servings.

Red, white and blue parfait ingredients.
Red, white and blue parfait ingredients. (Image: Victoria Belanger)

Make The Red Strawberry Layer

Starting with the strawberry layer, stir 1 cup of boiling water into the strawberry gelatin in a bowl until gelatin is fully dissolved. Stir in ½ cup of cold water and the chopped strawberries.

Add the strawberries to your gelatin mixture.
Add the strawberries to your gelatin mixture. (Image: Victoria Belanger)

Create The Diagonal Effect

Arrange the jars at an angle in a muffin tin. Put flour or uncooked rice in the wells to hold the jars in place. Gently spoon equal amounts of the strawberry gelatin mixture into each of the jars. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 to 45 minutes.

Use flour of uncooked rice to hold the jars in place.
Use flour of uncooked rice to hold the jars in place. (Image: Victoria Belanger)

Make The White Ice Cream Layer (Part 1)

Once the strawberry gelatin is nearly firm, begin making the white ice cream layer. In a medium bowl, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the unflavored gelatin evenly over 1/4 cup of cold water and allow the gelatin to absorb the water for 2 minutes. Then, stir in ½ cup of boiling water until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

Sprinkle unflavored gelatin evenly into water.
Sprinkle unflavored gelatin evenly into water. (Image: Victoria Belanger)

Make The White Ice Cream Layer (Part 2)

Stir in ½ cup of sugar, allowing it to dissolve, then stir in 1 cup of the melted ice cream until smooth

Add the melted ice cream
Add the melted ice cream (Image: Victoria Belanger)

Add The White Layer to Your Parfaits

With the jars still at an angle in the muffin tin, spoon equal amounts of the ice cream mixture into each of the jars, careful not to smear any on the inside walls of the jar where the blueberry layer is going next. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Spoon the ice cream layer into the jars.
Spoon the ice cream layer into the jars. (Image: Victoria Belanger)

Make The Blue Blueberry Layer

Meanwhile, for the blueberry layer, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin evenly over 1/4 cup of cold water in a bowl. Wait 2 minutes to allow the gelatin to absorb the water and then stir in ½ cup of boiling water. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved and stir in ½ cup of sugar. Then stir in 1 ½ cup of blueberries.

Add the blueberries to the gelatin mixture.
Add the blueberries to the gelatin mixture. (Image: Victoria Belanger)

Add The Blue Layer to Your Parfaits

Refrigerate the blueberry mixture in the bowl until it thickens to the consistency of a gel *(otherwise when you spoon the blueberry mixture into the jar, all the blueberries will float to the top). Take the jars out of the muffin tin and set them upright. Spoon equal amounts of the blueberry mixture into each of the jars. Refrigerate until firm. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.

Spoon the blueberries into the jars.
Spoon the blueberries into the jars. (Image: Victoria Belanger)

Garnish With Whipped Cream And Serve

These single-serving parfaits are the perfect grab-and-go desserts for a backyard barbecue celebration.

These patriotic parfaits will impress your guests and please their palates.
These patriotic parfaits will impress your guests and please their palates. (Image: Victoria Belanger)

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