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Can You Make Jello in a Plastic Bowl?

Last Updated on February 27, 2024 by Lauren Beck

If you’re in need of a fast jello solution, choose a plastic bowl for maximum convenience. The type of jello determines which plastic container should be used.

Traditional gelatin-based jello? Any plastic bowl except metal or ceramic. Sugar-free jello with artificial sweeteners?

Go for Polypropylene (PP) plastic – it braves up to 175 degrees Fahrenheit, perfect for boiling your jello mix.

What Is the Best Container to Make Jello?

  • Glass container: If you can find a heatproof glass bowl or baking dish, it can be used to make jello. Glass can withstand a wide range of temperatures, making it ideal for making jello. Plus, depending on the type and size of your container, you can have a variety of shapes and sizes when it comes to the finished jello.
  • Plastic container: Plastic can be used if you can’t find a heat-proof glass bowl. As long as the type of plastic can withstand boiling water temperatures, it can be used to make jello. Just make sure you use a plastic container made from Polypropylene (PP) to avoid any potential chemicals leaching into your jello.
  • Metal container: Metal can also be used when making jello; however, it is not recommended as metal can leach into the food. If you must use a metal container, make sure it is either stainless steel or aluminum; these metals can withstand higher temperatures and are less likely to leach into your food.

How To Make Jello Mold?


  • 1 box of jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups cold water


  1. Grease a bowl or mold with butter, then pour your jello mix.
  2. Boil 2 cups of water and add to the jello mix, stirring until completely dissolved.
  3. Add 2 cups of cold water and stir until incorporated.
  4. Refrigerate until completely set (about 4 hours).
  5. Unmold your jello onto a plate and serve!

Jello Mold Tips

Here are a few tips to help you make the perfect jello mold:

  • Use room temperature or cold water when combined with your jello mix to help the mixture set faster.
  • Grease your mold or bowl with butter before pouring in the jello mix so it can easily unmold once chilled and set.
  • Let your jello sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before attempting to unmold it.
  • For a fun twist, add fresh fruit, mini marshmallows, or sprinkles to the jello mix before refrigerating.

Can You Use a Glass Bowl as a Jello Mold?

Yes, you can use a glass bowl as a jello mold. Just ensure the bowl can withstand high temperatures and is heat-proof to contain boiling water for your jello mixture.

However, be careful when unmolding your jello from the glass bowl, as glass can break if not handled properly.

How Do You Separate Jello From Mold?

jello mixture in a plastic bowl

To unmold your jello from the mold, simply run a knife around the edges of the jello to separate it from the container.

Then, dip the bottom of the container in warm water for 10-15 seconds, and slowly turn it over onto a plate or cutting board.

The jello should come out cleanly! If you can’t achieve this, you can also try cutting the jello into slices and then serving.

How to Make Jello Set Faster?

If you want to make your jello set faster, use cold or room-temperature water when making the mixture.

Adding more gelatin can also help the jello set faster. Lastly, let the jello sit in a cooler area and refrigerate for as long as possible – at least 4 hours. This can help speed up the process of setting.

Can You Cover Jello Before It Sets?

Yes, you can cover jello before it sets. Plastic wrap can be used to cover the top of your bowl.

Just make sure that the plastic is not touching the surface of the jello, or else it may stick when you attempt to unmold it.

You can also try using aluminum foil or a lid for a bowl if one is available.

Ways to Customize Your Jello

Jello can be customized in various ways to make it interesting and unique. Add fresh fruit or a pudding layer to customize your jello mold for an extra creamy texture.

You can add mini marshmallows, sprinkles, nuts, or other ingredients for added crunch and sweetness.

Make sure to add these ingredients after the jello mix has been combined with boiling water, as this can help them remain suspended.

Is Eating Jello Good for You?

Eating jello can be a good way to get some vitamins and minerals into your diet, as it often contains ingredients like gelatin and fruit juice [1].

However, jello can also be high in sugar, so it should be enjoyed in moderation.

Make sure to check the ingredient label for added sugars when selecting your jello mix.

Does Jello Stick To Containers?

Yes, Jello can stick to containers. Depending on the type and material of the container, it might cling.

To prevent this, consider lightly greasing the surface or using non-stick options.

Ensuring your Jello slides out effortlessly is a small but rewarding step in your dessert journey.


Embarking on a jello-making journey is a delightful, all-ages endeavor. The canvas? A jello mold, where the choice of vessel spans from plastic to glass bowls.

The beauty? It’s a canvas awaiting your artistic touch. Think fresh fruits, miniature marshmallows, crunchy nuts, or playful sprinkles – your jello, your rules.

Yet, as you indulge in your homemade creation, a friendly reminder: embrace moderation. While the magic of jello is undeniable, being mindful of added sugars is key. Peek at the ingredient label, discerning each element that adds sweetness.

So there you have it – the world of jello, yours to shape and enjoy, with a touch of responsibility.


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