I love to do table decorations for Easter, like this pink and green tablescape and these bunny folded napkins. These jello Easter eggs are a fun way to make an Easter treat that also adds to the table decor.
How To Make Jello Easter Eggs
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With Easter approaching, I thought I would share this fun way to use jello to make Jello Easter Eggs.
They look really pretty on the table, so they serve double duty…Easter dessert that also works as decor.
I don’t own a jello egg mold so I made my own DIY jello egg molds using real eggs.
Since I already had the eggs, they’re free. And you can peel the shells right off so the jello is less likely to break than if you’re using a mold.
What You’ll Need
To make a 6 jello Easter eggs, you’ll need about 1 3-ounce (small) packages of jello. Plus the 6 eggs that will be your jello egg molds.
The great thing about jello is that you can choose whatever color you want. I usually like to do more than one color (so I make the recipe more than once).
How To Make The Jello Egg Molds
The first step to making your own jello egg molds is to remove the eggs from their shells without breaking the shells.
Start by breaking a hole in the small end of the egg using the sharp end of a metal skewer*.
The hole needs to be big enough that the straw will fit in and have a little extra space around it. And you will really make your life easier if the end of the funnel can fit in it, also…less mess when pouring the jello in later on.
The hole that I made in the picture above wasn’t big enough…there should be some space around the straw.
Then insert one end of the straw into the hole that you made.
Hold the egg over the bowl and blow into the free end of the straw. The air will make the contents of the egg come out through the hole around the straw.
It really isn’t as hard as it sounds…the egg will come out pretty quickly.
Rinse the inside of the eggshell with water to remove any egg that remains inside.
Let it drain, hole side down, in the egg carton.
Repeat this process for as many Easter eggs as you want to make.
Make The Jello
To make the jello, we’re going to use a little less water than usual. That will keep the jello mold firm and make sure it keeps its Easter egg shape.
First, mix 1 cup of boiling water with the jello and stir until the jello crystals have dissolved completely.
Then add 1/2 cup of cold water to the jello (instead of the usual 1 cup).
If you really want to make sure the jello stays firm, you can skip the cold water step altogether. But I find that makes the jello really stiff and some people don’t like eating it very much.
Fill The Eggshell Molds
Now fill the egg shells with the jello mixture.
Turn the eggs over in the carton so that the hole is facing upward.
I have found that plastic egg cartons work better than styrofoam ones (as you can see from the picture above, I learned from experience).
If you have any jello overflow (which I always do), it seems to leak through the styrofoam. And you end up with a sticky mess to clean up.
Put the funnel in the hole. Then slowly pour the jello into the funnel. Keep a close watch on how full the egg is getting since they overflow pretty easily.
Refrigerate the jello eggs for at least 4 hours. They will keep like this for a few days, so you don’t have to take them out immediately.
How To Remove The Jello Eggshell Mold
When the jello is chilled, it is time to remove the shells. The trick with this is to remove the shell and membrane without damaging the jello (just like when you’re peeling hard-boiled eggs).
Crack the shells by gently tapping the egg on a hard surface. I usually start at the bottom of the egg and work my way up.
Then run the eggshell mold under hot water for a few seconds. This will melt the jello around the edge of the egg and make it less likely to stick.
Peel the egg leaving the membrane inside the shell in tact. This helps to keep the jello from splitting while you’re peeling.
Finally, remove the membrane from the outside of the jello.
If it doesn’t want to come off easily, run the egg under hot water again for a couple of seconds and it should peel right off.
If you have a deviled egg plate*, it makes a great place to store your jello Easter eggs while keeping their shape.
Jello Easter eggs can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for a few days, if you aren’t serving them right away.
The deviled egg plate works pretty well for serving the Jello Easter Eggs, too!
Other Easter Ideas You Might Like:
Jello Easter Eggs
- 1 3-ounce (small) packages of jello in whatever colors go with your Easter decor
- 6 eggs
- 1 ½ cups water (divided)
- Egg carton
- Metal skewer
- Mixing Bowl and spoon
- Pot or kettle
How To Make Jello Egg Molds
- Break a hole in the small end of the egg using the sharp end of a metal skewer. The hole needs to be big enough that a straw will fit in and have a little extra space around it. And you will really make your life easier if the end of the funnel can fit in it, also...you'll have less mess when pouring the jello in later on.
- Use the skewer to break the yolk inside the egg (this just makes it easier to get out).
- Insert one end of the straw into the hole that you made.
- Hold the egg over a bowl.
- Blow into the free end of the straw so that the contents of the egg come out through the hole in the shell around the straw into the bowl.
- Rinse the inside of the egg with water to remove any egg that remains inside.
- Let the eggshell drain, hole side down, in the egg carton.
- Repeat this process for all of the eggs.
Make The Jello
- Mix the contents of one package of jello with 1 cup of the boiling water until the sugar has dissolved.
- Mix in 1/2 cup of cold water
Fill The Eggs With Jello
- Turn the eggs over in the carton so that the hole is facing upward.
- Put the funnel in the hole.
- Slowly pour the jello into the funnel. Keep a close watch on how full the egg is getting since they overflow pretty easily.
- Put the jello eggs in the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours. They will keep like this for a few days, so you don't have to take them out immediately.
Remove The Shells
- Crack the shells by gently tapping the egg on a hard surface. I usually start at the bottom of the egg and work my way up.
- Run the egg under hot water for a few seconds. This will melt the jello around the edge of the egg and make it less likely to stick.
- Peel the egg leaving the membrane in tact. This helps to keep the jello from splitting while you're peeling.
- Finally, remove the membrane from the outside of the jello. If it doesn't want to come off easily, run the egg under hot water again for a couple of seconds and it should peel right off.
- Use the leftover eggs for your favorite recipe. Saving them in 3 different bowls so that there are 2 eggs in each one makes it easier to use them for separate recipes.
- If you want to make the jello easier to work with, you can eliminate the cold water step from the recipe. This will make the jello a little stiffer, so it will hold the egg shape better, but the texture is a little stiffer than people are generally used to eating.
- Plastic egg cartons work better than styrofoam ones If you have any jello overflow, it often leaks through the styrofoam and you end up with a sticky mess to clean up.
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This post was originally published on March 10, 2016 but was updated with new content on February 20, 2023.