Gelatina De Mosaico (Mosaic Jello)

Easy Gelatina De Mosaico is a classic Mexican dessert that’s perfect for spring and summer holidays, parties and potlucks.  You’ll love this creamy and refreshing treat!

a beautiful Gelatina De Mosaico dessert on top of a cake stand.
Gelatina De Mosaico is a popular Mexican dessert found in latin stores and easily made at home!

Mexican jello is very popular and you can find it in many latin stores prepared in cups in the refrigerator isle.

The combination of 3 milks (evaporated, condensed & regular milk or media crema) in Mexican desserts is super popular! There is something about it that we just LOVE! Just take a look at Arroz Con Leche, Pastel De Tres Leches, Christmas Fruit Salad, and the famous drink Horchata.

This dessert is super fun to make, it tastes delicious and looks so pretty! Let me show you how easy it is to make this Gelatina De Mosaico at home 🙂

A gelatina de mosaico dessert with a slice cut out and placed on a small plate.
Gelatina De Mosaico is a classic Mexican dessert.

Ingredients

You have complete creative control on how you want your Gelatina dessert to look. Use as many jello colors as you want!

  • 3 to 4 different flavor jello boxes. 3 oz each box.
  • Unflavored Gelatin (In Spanish is called Grenatina)
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can media crema or regular milk
  • vanilla extract
Ingredients: condensed & evaporated milk, vanilla, two boxes of flavored jello and envelopes for plain gelatine

How to make Gelatina De Mosaico

1 – Make the different jello flavors according to the instructions on the box. Do this the night before so the jello has time to solidify.

Spraying oil over the bread pan mold

IMPORTANT TIP!!!

Spray the mold with oil before pouring your mix into it. This helps the jello come out easily. If you don’t have oil spray, you can use regular canola or vegetable oil and spread it lightly with a napkin making sure that there are no lumps of oil left in the mold. Use canola spray since it doesn’t have flavor.

2 – Once the jello is very solid, cut it into squares with a knife and lift from mold using a spatula or a flat spoon. Carefully & gently mix all of the jello flavors in a large bowl

3 – To make the Gelatine (Grenatina), add the 4 envelopes (1 oz each so 4 oz total) in a 1/2 cup of cold water. Mix well with a fork. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes or until it’s solidified.

4 – In a separate medium to large bowl, add the evaporated milk, the condensed milk and the media crema (or regular milk) and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Mix with a whisk until incorporated well.

5 – Microwave the gelatine for 40 to 45 seconds to soften up then add to the milk mixture. Whisk to incorporate well.

Mixing canned milks in a large bowl

Make the gelatina & milk layers

6 – Coat a 12-cup bundt cake mold (or your preferred mold) with cooking spray. Start adding a layer of jello and a layer of milk. Repeat until you finish all ingredients.

I don’t recommend you add all of the jello first then top it with the milks since that will make the jello squares rise to the top or it will look very uneven. It just won’t look good when we flip the mold onto a plate.

7 – Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Serve cold and keep in refrigerator for up to 4 or 5 days.

a beautiful Gelatina De Mosaico dessert on top of a cake stand.

FAQ

What is Mexican Jello made of?

Mexican jello is made with regular jello and a mix of evaporated milk, condensed milk and regular milk or media crema. It’s very popular and you can find it in many latin stores prepared in cups

How long does Jello take to set?

Place the jello in the refrigerator covered for a minimum of 4 hours. Preferably overnight.

Love this recipe! I do have a question. Can you substitute coconut milk for evaporated milk for a coconut flavor?

Yes, you can! The coconut flavor will add another layer of goodness! 🙂

Do you have any tips to take it out of the mold easier ?

To make sure the jello comes out of the mold easy, spray the mold with cooking spray prior to putting the jello mixture in it. If the jello still has trouble coming out of the pan, place the mold in hot water making sure not to let any water get into the jello.

Leave there for about a minute and try un-molding it again. After enough time in the hot water, it should slip right out!

a beautiful Gelatina De Mosaico dessert on top of a cake stand.

Easy Gelatina De Mosaico (Mosaic Jello)

Servings 10 people
Ana Frias
4.60 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 15 mins
This decadent Gelatina De Mosaico will satisfy all your creamy jello cravings with its sweet flavor and silky smooth texture. This simple, Mexican jello might be made with simple ingredients, but it’s an impressive dessert to serve your guests. Top it with your favorite whipped cream and serve with fresh fruit as an option.

Equipment

  • 12-cup bundt cake mold (or your preferred mold or individual cups)
10 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 to 4 3 oz each box different flavors jello boxes.
  • 4 oz Unflavored Gelatin (1 box of 4 envelopes)
  • 1 12 to 14 oz can condensed milk
  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 7.6 oz can media crema or 8 oz regular milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • canola spray oil to use on molds

Instructions
 

  • Make the different jello flavors according to the instructions on the box. Do this the night before so the jello has time to solidify. (see important note below #1)
  • Once the jello is very solid, cut it into squares with a knife and lift from mold using a spatula or a flat spoon. Carefully & gently mix all of the jello flavors in a large bowl.
  • To make the Gelatine (Grenatina), add the 4 envelopes (1 oz each so 4 oz total) in a ½ cup of cold water. Mix well with a fork. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes or until it's solidified.
  • In a separate medium to large bowl, add the evaporated milk, the condensed milk and the media crema (or regular milk) and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Mix with a whisk until incorporated well.
  • Microwave the gelatine for 40 to 45 seconds to soften up then add to the milk mixture. Whisk to incorporate well.
  • Coat a 12-cup bundt cake mold (or your preferred mold) with cooking spray. Start adding a layer of jello and a layer of milk. Repeat until you finish all ingredients. See #2 note below
  • Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Enjoy! Keep in refrigerator and serve cold. This will last up to 4 days.

*Ana’s Notes:

#1 Spray the mold with oil before pouring your mix into it. This helps the jello come out easily. If you don’t have oil spray, you can use regular canola or vegetable oil and spread it lightly with a napkin making sure that there are no lumps of oil left in the mold. Use canola spray since it doesn’t have flavor.
#2 I don’t recommend you add all of the jello first then top it with the milks since that will make the jello squares rise to the top or it will look very uneven. It just won’t look good when we flip the mold onto a plate.

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1large slice | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

a beautiful Gelatina De Mosaico dessert on top of a cake stand.

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29 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    A well thought out recipe that was easy to follow and perfect on the first try. It is way better than anything I’ve ever had here. So creamy and decadent, I almost forgot it was gelatina. Took some to a friend and she said I could sell it. For now I’m gonna enjoy over and over. Thanks!!

  2. Do you think this recipe will still work with only 3 packets of gelatine of 1oz and if you use 4oz of cream cheese mixed into the milk?

    1. I think that will still work but you may get a little less? I haven’t tried it yet but I do think it will still mold and firm up well. Please try and let me know! Oh and the cream cheese addition sounds delicious!

  3. I think You need to edit the recipe because there’s no way it’s supposed to be a box of 4 – 1 oz packets of gelatin, they don’t even sell it like that. They sell them in 1/4 oz packets and in a box of 4 or 32, You can find 1 oz packets but they’re one to a box and I made the recipe with a box of 4 1/4 oz packets (1 oz total) and it turned out fantastic! Also btw I didn’t have vanilla so I used a few tablespoons of caramel syrup and omg 😳 it was absolutely amazing!!! If you like caramel then You have to try it!! Thanks for the amazing recipe!! It turned out great!

    1. Hi Amberlei, thanks so much for your comment and I’m thrilled you liked the recipe!

      Regarding the gelatin, they do sell a box of 4 (1oz) packets. I bought my at my grocery store but you can even find them at target like the one on this link.

      Thanks so much for your review!

      1. I am so confused on the unflavored gelatin mix. Your link takes me to what she’s saying- One box of 4 packets of .25 oz that equals 1 total oz.. To get 4 oz total you need 4 boxes! I tried mixing 4 total oz with 1/2 cup water and there is no way, the mix is way too dry. I’m going to try again using only 1 box.

  4. I think it’s supposed to be 4 1/4 oz packets for a total of 1 oz of gelatin, right? 4 oz of gelatin would be too much I think. Otherwise it seems like a great recipe!

    1. Yes you are correct! That much gelatin is way too much, I think she meant a 1 oz box of 4 packets which like You said is 1/4oz! I made this recipe with that amount and it worked great! If I had used 4oz of gelatin the milks would’ve set before I could poor it in the mold lol

  5. 5 stars
    Very Delicious for an EZ to make dessert. I will be making this flavorful, colorful dessert very often.. Thank.You!

  6. 5 stars
    This was so fun to make and tastes delicious! Will be fun to make with different color combinations for different events and holidays.

    1. I’m so happy to hear that you loved making this Gelatina Kim! You can definitely make the colors according to the holidays. What a great idea!

  7. 5 stars
    This is just SUCH a pretty dessert – I can imagine it being the star of the show at a summer lunch party. Delicious!

  8. 5 stars
    Making this Mexican jello was easier than I thought! The family loved the creamy and fresh flavor. Thanks for the recipe!