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Jello Apples

This two ingredient dessert is very popular in the midwest. It comes together in just a few minutes and kids love to help make it!

A hand holds a light colored bowl filled with chopped apples that have been covered in red jello.

You’re either here because you already know and love Jello apples, or you’re wondering what the heck they are and where they came from.

For those of you who fall into the latter category, please let me educate you. Jello apples are exactly what they sound like – apple slices covered in Jello powder.

I’m not sure the exact origins, but it was almost certainly invented somewhere in the American Midwest (aka the jello belt), where it is still a popular snack and potluck dish today.

A large serving filled with chopped apples covered in red cherry Jello powder

While it may seem like an odd recipe at first, once you try it you’ll understand why it’s beloved. The Jello gives the apples a bit of a sweet candy flavor while at the same time adding a bit or tartness because of the citric acid.

Kids seem to like them even more than candy. It’s kind of like eating a fun dip or sour patch apple!


Overhead view of jello apple ingredients (3 apples, 1 box of jello powder) sitting next to a knife, ziploc bag, and a cutting board.

  • Apples – Any apple variety will work in this recipe, though I like to choose something firm with good flavor like Honeycrisp or Fuji.
  • Jello – You can use any flavor of Jello that you’d prefer. Cherry is a classic choice for this dish, but we’ve also experimented with other flavors and love Berry Blue and Island Pineapple.

How To Make

Overhead view of chopped apples on a cutting board next to a box of Jello

First, make sure to wash your apples. Then, chop them into bite-size pieces.

Chopped apples being put into a Ziploc bag.

Add all the apple pieces to a Ziplock bag.

Chopped apple in a ziploc bag have Jello powdered added on top

Pour in your Jello mix.

Overhead view of chopped apples that have been put in a ziploc bag and covered with red cherry jello powder

Seal the bag shut, then shake until all the apples are completely covered in the Jello powder.

A fork holds a single apple piece from a bowl of cherry Jello covered apples

Serve & enjoy!

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Jello Apples

Apples covered in Jello powder make a delicious snack for kids.

    • Author: Jessica Pinney
    • Prep Time: 5 minutes
    • Total Time: 5 minutes
    • Yield: 6 1x
    • Category: Dessert
    • Cuisine: American


3 Apples

1 3oz Box Jello Powder Mix


Wash all of the apples and chop into bite sized pieces, place into a gallon zip top bag (or a mixing bowl)

Pour the dry Jello mix into the apples.

Zip the top of the bag and shake until all the apple pieces have been coated.

Best served immediately. If you need to store it, place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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