3 Fun Gelatin Desserts For Summer

Sunrise Senior Living  |  June 15, 2015

Who doesn't love sweet, jiggly Jell-O? It's a quick and easy go-to dessert for many families, so why not revive the tradition at your retirement community? Serve one of these three gelatin-based treats when you entertain your friends and family this summer.

1. Fresh strawberry pie
Making a traditional pie is often a long process, but you can whip up this delicious dessert in no time at all. Use fresh strawberries so that each slice is bursting with the fresh flavors of summer!


  • 1 8-inch pie shell
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 3-oz. package strawberry Jell-O

Pre-bake the pie crust according to the package, then line the bottom of the shell with the sliced strawberries. In a small saucepan, mix together water, sugar and corn starch. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then lower the temperature and simmer for five minutes until thickened. Stir the mixture constantly. Finally, stir in the Jell-O until dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and pour over the strawberries. Put your pie in the fridge until the filling has set. Slice up your pie and serve with a little whipped cream on top. 

2. Sugar-free Jell-O mousse
If you're on a low-sugar senior nutrition plan, you may want to use sugar-free Jell-O in your dessert. This recipe is beyond easy to make and tastes nearly as good as the real deal!


  • 3 cups boiling water 
  • 1 3-oz. package sugar-free Jell-O, any flavor
  • 1 8-oz. container sugar-free whipped topping

In a large bowl, combine boiling water and Jell-O mix. Pick lime Jell-O for a festive green dessert. Stir the ingredients until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Next, add the whipped topping to the bowl and whisk until well blended. Pour the mixture into dessert dishes, then refrigerate for eight hours or until set. Enjoy!

3. Jell-O pudding pops
As the warm weather arrives, you may be in the mood for frozen treats. In that case, these Jell-O pudding pops are a simple recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth. 


  • 1 3-oz. package of Jell-O chocolate instant pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 cup whipped topping
  • 6 small paper cups
  • 6 popsicle sticks 

Start by combining the pudding mixture and milk in a large bowl. Whisk the ingredients together for two minutes, then add the whipped topping to the bowl and stir well. Spoon the mixture into the paper cups, and insert the popsicle sticks into each pop. Freeze the desserts for four hours or until firm. When you're ready to serve the treat, peel off the paper cup and enjoy.