Gluten-Free Girl & the Jell-O Mousse Tree

It’s that time of year again. As the world gears up for the holidays, schools wind up (the kids) for holiday break. Which means party, party, party.

But being gluten-free at a party is the pits! Well, it doesn’t have to be. There are easy things you can do to make sure you contribute something fun and tasty. This week, my sons (Indy & The Captain) wanted to do Jell-O.

Indy doesn’t like lime flavoring, so we used Berry Blue flavor and added a few drops of yellow food coloring to make it green!

I was never a fan of the wiggly stuff growing up. Because I’m a firm believer that if my food is moving, I don’t want to eat it! My boys disagreed and this week, they won out. With really fun results.

We made Jell-O Mousse Trees and a Jell-O Snowflake. Since recipe for making the wiggle, wiggle stuff is right on every box of gelatin, I thought I’d tell what we did for Jell-O Mousse.

Remember, not every Gluten-Free treat is healthy, but they can all be tasty. Life is about balance.  Granted, I have three different jiggly examples on this page, but go with me here. 🙂 Point is, enjoy the wiggle and the jiggle once in a while!

The Captain went for a more simplistic style but made use of Chocolate Cool Whip to show the tree’s stump and branches.

Jell-O Mousse Tree

1 1/2 C Boiling Water

1 Package Jell-O  Gelatin (We used Berry Blue)

2 C Traditional Cool Whip, divided in half

Sprinkles, Chocolate Cool Whip, & Creativity




Mix gelatin and boiling water in a large bowl. Stir for two minutes or until powder is completely dissolved. Whisk in 1 cup of Cool Whip until thoroughly blended. (Mixture will have a creamy appearance.) Pour concoction into a shaped cake pan.

Chill for at least 8 hours.

When you’re ready to remove the mold, line the bottom of a cookie sheet in warm tap water. Place pan in the water for about 30 seconds. While the pan is there, use a butter knife to trace the gelatin, loosening it from the walls of the cake pan.

Remove cake pan from water, top with a DRY cookie and carefully invert. TIP: Line the cookie sheet with foil first. This will allow you to adjust the position of the Jell-O after it’s removed from the mold.

Once the slides out of the mold, have fun! We used disposable cake decorating bags and a silver tip to decorate the tree with the remaining Cool Whip.

To my friends who began celebrating Hanukkah last night, Happy Hanukkah! To my friends who’ll celebrate Christmas this weekend, Merry Christmas! To everyone HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!


3 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Girl & the Jell-O Mousse Tree

  1. What a pretty snowflake! And thank you for the holiday wishes. Merry Christmas to you, too!

    One question – after the mold is loosened, you said top it with a dry cookie. And while I’m sure that’s very tasty, I’m not sure that’s right?

    I’ll have to check for after-Christmas cake mold sales this year.

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