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Strawberry Jell-o Parfaits

Double-layered strawberry jell-o parfait cups -- strawberry jell-o on bottom and a strawberry jell-o mousse on top.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 9 parfait cups*
Calories 237kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

Jell-o Layer

  • 2 packages (3 ounces EACH) strawberry jell-o + boiling and cold water called for
  • 1 pint (about 2 cups) strawberries, hulled and sliced

Jell-o Mousse Layer

  • 2 and 1/2 cups COLD Sprite, separated
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry jell-o
  • 4 ounces full-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 container (8 ounces) Cool Whip, completely thawed
  • Optional: additional whipped topping or fresh whipped cream to top
  • Optional: fresh mint and strawberries for garnish

Instructions

  • Prepare a regular sized muffin tin: use 9 small balls, or wad up balls of foil (or paper) and place in the muffin tin. Place 9 clear plastic cups on top of the balls at an angle (see video at top of this page!) The small balls help to keep the cup at an angle. 
  • Next prepare the strawberry jell-o (both packets) according to package directions (not for quick set, but for regular set). Fill up the cups evenly with the strawberry jell-o (be careful as you pour and ensure the cups stay at an angle).
  • Hull and slice the strawberries and then place a few slices of strawberries into each jell-o cup. Carefully transfer the muffin tin into the fridge and allow the strawberry jell-o to completely set up.
  • When the jell-o layer is nearly set up, you can begin on the mousse.
  • Place 1 and 1/2 cups Sprite in a microwave safe bowl or cup and microwave just until the mixture comes to a boil. Whisk the packet of strawberry jell-o into the Sprite.
  • Transfer the mixture to a high powdered blender and add in the cream cheese. Blend until completely smooth. And in remaining 1 cup of (COLD) Sprite and blend again until smooth.
  • Add in the completely thawed Cool Whip and blend just until smooth. (You can leave out about 1/2 cup for optional garnish at the end if desired).
  • Pour this mixture evenly over the jell-o layers (you shouldn't use as much of this mousse as you did of the jell-o or it tends to be overpowering).
  • Place in the fridge and allow to set completely. 
  • If desired, garnish with fresh whipped cream (or 1/2 cup extra cool whip) and garnish with fresh mint and a small strawberry.

Video

Notes

*The yield of this recipe depends on the cups you use. The ingredients I listed pretty much perfectly filled up 9 of the cups I used (having a more generous base jell-o layer).  Total time does not include the required chilling time which is up to 4 hours. I haven't tried this recipe with low-fat, sugar-free products. They could be fine, but also could end up being too watery or not set up properly.

Nutrition

Calories: 237kcal