In honour of Frozen week here on Learning2Walk, I indulged my daughter in two of her favourite things: sugar and Frozen.
OK, so this Frozen-inspired preschool snack idea doesn’t have that much sugar, but it had enough for my preschooler to be ecstatic! The wonderful thing about Jell-o (other than the fact that it can be made completely sugar-free) is that children can help with every step in the preparation process!
One of my favourite parts about this Frozen-inspired dessert is that it uses up that half can of sweetened condensed milk that always seems to appear in my fridge around the holidays. Of course, you could make a bigger Jell-O mountain (or thicker white layers) and use up a whole can, but I love that this recipe makes use of something that would otherwise go to waste.
Start off my making one package of blue Jell-O by mixing it with one cup of hot water (ignore the package directions for this recipe) and have your child stir and pour enough Jell-O to make a one-inch layer in the bottom of your pan. (We used a bundt cake pan to emulate a mountain, but a flat cake pan or loaf pan would work well.)
Favourite part about this Frozen-inspired preschool snack #2? You can let your child take long breaks in between steps. The only time frames you need to keep in mind are:
- It takes each layer 30 minutes to set in the fridge
- It takes 10 minutes for a new mixture to cool down enough to be added to the pan
So, you could wait three hours before making the next batch of Jell-O, you could wait 30 minutes. If you get too eager and make the next Jell-O mixture too early (or leave half of it on the counter for 3 hours until your preschooler decides to revisit) and the Jell-O starts to harden, just add a couple of tablespoons of boiling hot water and stir until pourable.
To make the milk gelatin, dissolve 1 envelope of gelatin (or one sheet) in 1/2 cup of boiling water.
Once dissolved, mix the gelatin mixture with 1/2 can of condensed milk and another 1/2 cup of boiling water.
Keeping the above time frames in mind, add a layer of the milk gelatin once cooled.
Repeat the layering steps until you are out of Jell-O, the children become bored, or you run out of room in the pan.
Once the last layer has set for at least half an hour, turn the whole thing out onto a prepared surface. You can further decorate with little Jell-O trees, sprinkles, or even Frozen figurines if you have them!