Make Your Next Party Sparkle With These Gelatin Gems

NOTE: This Gelatin Gems recipe was originally featured in Food Network Magazine: The Recipe-A-Day Kids Cookbook. It has been republished on our website with permission.

Move over rocks and minerals! These precious gems aren’t made of stone – they’re made out of soft, wiggly gelatin!

Whether you’re in need of a wow-worthy treat for your next Girl Scout meeting or want to shine in Science class, these Gelatin Gems are the simple, sweet, & totally satisfying treat that will truly dazzle!

Book Cover for the Food Network Magazine Recipe-a-Day Kids Cookbook

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Food Network Magazine: Recipe-a-Day Kids Cookbook: 365 Fun, Easy Treats
AUTHOR: Maile Carpenter & the editors of Food Network Magazine
PUBLISHER: Hearst Home Kids
DATE: April 5, 2022

Beyond easy to make, all you need is a silicone mold, a few boxes of gelatin, and a few minutes to bring these gems to life, and then you can get comfy on the couch to watch your fav cooking show while they set. Love getting creative in the kitchen? Our friends at Food Network just released a cookbook that will give you a reason to tie on your apron every single day of the year!

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If gems and crystals are SO your vibe – peep the recipe below to inspire your next party snack!

Lifestyle photo of the Gelatin Gems recipe from the Recipe-a-Day Kids Cookbook. A variety of colorful gemstones in different shapes sit spread out on a white backdrop.
(From the Recipe-a-Day Kids Cookbook by Maile Carpenter and the editors of Food Network Magazine (Hearst Home Kids, $19.99)

RECIPE: Gelatin Gems:


Sprinkle 2 packets unflavored gelatin over 1⁄2 cup cold water or clear soda in a heatproof bowl; let sit 5 minutes.

Add 1 box flavored gelatin or a mix of 2 colors (for a sapphire color, use a mix of berry-blue and grape) and 1⁄2 cup boiling water; whisk to dissolve. Divide among silicone gem molds; skim off the foam.

Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.


Don’t stop at gems! Any shape silicone mold will work – stars, dinosaurs, flowers – you name it! Make adorable gelatin treats to suit any occasion.

Try mixing any gelatin flavors you can find and go wild with color and flavor combinations. Have fun with it!

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