Nana’s Finger Jello is possibly the easiest – and ask my menagerie, the most delicious! – thing to come out of my kitchen. Any dessert that takes just five minutes and three ingredients to prepare is a winner in my book.
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Original content posted November 2017. Updated January 2019.
What is Finger Jello?
Now, I’m going to be honest and say that Jello of any sort isn’t really my jam. The wiggly texture just messes with my head. But Nana’s Finger Jello? So much better than any other type of jello you’ve tried before. Although still wiggly, these thick squares are more substantial and are easily handled by little and big hands alike. They’re also quickly devoured by anyone who swipes a square.
Does Finger Jello Need To Be Refrigerated?
YES! For the finger jello mixture to set, it must be refrigerated. Obviously, the longer you allow it to initially set, the more firm your jello will be. I typically let Nana’s Finger Jello recipe to set for two to four hours before attempting to cut it.
How to Make Finger Jello
Nana’s Finger Jello is possibly the easiest – and ask my menagerie, the most delicious! – thing to come out of my kitchen. Any dessert that takes just five minutes and three ingredients to prepare is a winner in my book. Jello, Knox gelatin and boiling water are whisked together to create this classic treat.
 In a large bowl, add boiling water.
TIP: I like to use a bowl with a pouring spout to easily pour the finished jello mixture to a baking dish as noted in the last step. Much less mess this way!
 Add Jell-O and Knox gelatin.
 Stir or whisk to combine.
TIP: To avoid foam or bubbles on the top of your finger jello and insure a clear end product, stir or whisk gently to combine. Because the water is boiling, you do not need to be too aggressive to insure everything is completely dissolved.
 Carefully pour mixture into 9×9 baking dish. Refrigerate until set.
TIP: After the finger jello is set, you’ll want to cover the baking dish either with a lid, plastic wrap or something similar. If you do not, your finger jello is libel to take on the tastes of other items in your fridge.
How to Serve Finger Jello
Nana’s Finger Jello never lasts long enough for me to contemplate how I will serve it. In fact, as soon as it’s cut into squares, little hands begin helping themselves! Finger jello is a great side dish for a meal when little taste buds might not be so excited. It doesn’t matter what else is being served, they’ll happily eat whatever we’re having for dinner if that means they can have another square.
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Nana’s Finger Jello
- 3 cups boiling water
- 2 6-ounce boxes Jell-O
- 2 envelopes Knox gelatin from a 1-ounce box
- In a large bowl, add boiling water.
-  Add Jell-O and Knox gelatin.
- Stir or whisk to combine, insuring no lumps of dry powder remain.
- Carefully pour mixture into 9×9 baking dish.
- Refrigerate until set.
Nana’s Finger Jello is great as a snack or dessert and jello can be served at almost any time of day. These Creamy Raspberry Jell-O Parfaits would make a great dessert, or serve jello as a side dish like this Sea Foam Salad and a perfect ROYGBIV treat ideas with these Rainbow Ribbon Jello.