7-Layer Finger Jello for a Birthday Bash!


Colorful Layered Jello for a birthday bash!  These finger jello cubes take hours to make, but you can multitask while waiting for the layers to congeal. The girls made this cheerful dessert  with their cousins for their grandpa’s birthday party while trying out hand-me-downs.  The grandchildren set up a photo booth and handed out costumes and wigs for everyone to wear for the pictures.


Girl Cousins. Angela and Audrey are on the right and left.


Grandparents with their grandchildren




There is a paragraph in Letter to a Hostage by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (author for The Little Prince) that I love: “That is impressive, the age of a man! That summarizes all his life. This maturity of his has taken a long time to achieve. It was grown through so many obstacles conquered, so many serious illnesses cured, so many griefs appeased, so many despairs overcome, so many dangers unconsciously passed. It has grown through so many desires, so many hopes, so many regrets, so many lapses, so much love. The age of a man, that represents a good load of experience and memories. In spite of decoys, jolts, and ruts, you have continued to plod like a horse drawing a cart.”

Peter’s father will turn 86 in a few days and the family gathered this weekend to celebrate.  Eighty six years is certainly something to brag about.  When I was growing up in China, people unabashedly asked “How old are you?” when they met someone.  People also volunteered their age right after their name.  It was in our tradition to revere old people.  Filial piety was a virtue to be extolled and rewarded.  It is no longer the case in today’s world, but we are a tradition bound family who still take our filial duties seriously.  Of course, much more than duty, we deeply love our parents. Especially after we became parents ourselves and understood much more the sacrifices that they had made for us.


Peter with his parents in Hong Kong circa 1962. Peter and his father were smuggled from China to Macau, then to Hong Kong in a secret compartment of a sampan when he was five.


With their three children and the spouses. Peter and I are on the left with golden hair.

Layered Jello Ingredients:

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 3 oz. pack each of cherry, lemon, lime and orange jello

6 packs Knox unflavored Gelatine


Mix 1 pack of colored jello with 1 cup of hot water to completely melt the powder. Mix 4 tablespoon cold water with 1 pack unflavored Gelatin.  Mix the two together and pour into a 13in x 9in glass baking pan.  Put the the pan in the fridge for 24 minutes or until harden.

While the first layer is in the fridge congealing, mix the cream layers by mixing 1 can of condensed milk with 2 cups of hot water and 2 packs of unflavored gelatin.  Use 1 cup for each of the creamy layer.  (If the creamy layer starts to congeal on its own, microwave it for 30 seconds or until melt again.)

Pour the warm (but not too warm) creamy layer slowly on the congealed color layer and put the pan back to the fridge for another 24 minutes while you make another color layer.

When the 2nd layer is congealed, pour the 3rd layer, and repeat the process until all the layers are in the fridge.  Leave the jello in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight before cutting into cubes.

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2 thoughts on “7-Layer Finger Jello for a Birthday Bash!

  1. My friend makes these colorful jello bombs. When ever I am invited to one of their family holiday get togethers, I can never get passed the bowl of these little gems.

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