About the Jello Mistress

VICTORIA BELANGER is a blogger and photographer who has become the voice of the Jell-O mold revolution. Her book Hello, Jell-O!: 50+ Inventive Recipes for Gelatin Treats and Jiggly Sweets (Ten Speed Press/Random House) is based on her blog The Jello Mold Mistress of Brooklyn.

For the blog, she creates craft jello molds in unexpected flavors and artistic presentations. The site has received press attention from The New York Times, Food & Wine magazine, The Splendid Table radio show, The Chew talk show, Oprah.com, and more.

Additionally, she has created recipes and written articles for the Cooking Channel, Food Network, and Apartment Therapy’s: The Kitchn as well as a how-to video spot for the Etsy Blog.

Victoria was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. After studying photography at Virginia Commonwealth University, she moved to New York City and began experimenting with creative Jell-O molding and photographing her colorful creations for her website, The Jello Mold Mistress of Brooklyn. In addition to Jell-O molding, she works as a photographer and enjoys exploring the five boroughs of New York City by bicycle.

96 Responses

  1. Amelia

    This is fascinating! Your photos of your beautiful (and tasty) creations are gorgeous! Who knew jello could be so diverse and gourmet?

  2. Louis Hinman

    Dear Jello Mold Mistress —

    I think your Stained Glass Jello is particularly beautiful. I would like to attempt it. Could you specify the proportions of sweetened condensed milk to Knox gelatin?

    If you have an actual recipe, I would love to see it — I didn’t find one on your blog.

    Best Regards,


  3. hello Victoria! Thank you for sharing these lovely creations. In Mexico my family makes lots of ‘gelatinas’ with fruit inside, and sweetened condensed milk in many colors. Keep up the good work!

    Cheers from the heart of Texas,
    Ernesto D.

  4. Karen

    I heard your on talk radio today and had to check out your blog. Your creations are amazing!! Hope there’s a book 🙂

  5. Hey Victoria,
    I heard the interview on the Splendid Table yesterday and am amazed with what you are capable with a little gelatin. My all time favorite recipe is my grandmother’s Green Jello:

    2 packs of Lime Jello
    2 cups hot water mix and melt the geletin
    add the following in order
    3 table spoons of Mayo (mix well)
    1/3 cup of sweet condensed milk (stir until creamy)
    1 cup of small curd cottage cheese
    1 squeezed small can (no juice) of crushed pinapple
    2 stalks of finely chopped celery
    1/4 cup of chopped walnuts

    Of course, I will have to try some of your recipes as well now too!


    1. Nantte

      Today for a party I made this almost same recipe! (Totally inspired by this jello website.)

      Only, mine had:

      1 cup chopped celery,
      1 cup pineapple
      1/2 cup chopped walnuts
      1/2 cup grated carrots
      1 small jar diced pimentos
      1 small package cream cheese.

      the original recipe had 1/4 cup mayonnaise, but we never use mayo due to a family egg allergy, so i just left it out. At the party, people were VERY sceptical – all kinds of jello slander — till they tried it. Then it was gone…..

      After I gave birth, (15 1/2 years ago….) I craved this jello salad for two weeks, and ate several batches, so it has fond memories for me.

      I also tried another recipe, in a jello mold with a raised rose design, which I filled with strawberry jello/sweetened condensed milk, and the a knox/pomegranate soda gelatin – which was pretty for about 30 seconds, since I hadn’t used enough knox. Sort of a rose slub….. But it got eaten anyway!

  6. eexcellent! Just heard you on Splendid Table. Wonder ifyou do savory jellos like aspic things? I think panna cotta is a jello-like dessert which can also be savory and I’ve been toying with them. That dark berry vodka one looks so gorgeous. I want to make it!

    Good luck with the book deal!

  7. Walter Dufresne

    Hi Victoria,

    Fabulous jello molds, and lots of fun to see. Can I get you to make two more molds just like them? And deliver them for consumption by community groups? Send one of them to Jimmy Pynn, the manager at Newtown Creek, and the other to Connie Fitzgerald, the marketing manager at NYC DEP. They’ll figure out the appropriate community groups.

    Walter Dufresne
    Brooklyn, New York

  8. laura Sunderlin

    Well, this is a depressingly simple question, but : I have a few English jello molds but my first attempt was a disaster (alas). Is there anything different I should be doing with the recipe on the jello box? Maybe not adding the cold water?

    Your molds are fabulous by the way — just beautiful!!

  9. Joyce

    Just heard you interviewed on Splendid Table! You mentioned a Blog..too bad they didn’t have you announce how we could find you…but actually I didn’t have any trouble. I’ve always loved jellos, but usually eating someone else’s work. Women of my mothers era loved making jello salads. I think it has been almost a lost art. I believe that you’ve taken the craft to new Heights!! I will spend lots of time looking through this. One thing I will be looking for is how do you take to “pitch-in”, “carry-in,” etc without it thawing. Glad to find you!!

  10. lisa

    Have you been to the Jell-o Museum? My husband and I stumbled upon it on a trip a couple of years ago and I think you need to make a pilgrimage! It’s in Leroy, New York, a darling little town in upstate. It’s totally self-supporting – doesn’t get a penny from Kraft! But if you’re into Jell-o it’s a little slice of fun Americana and I bet they’d enjoy knowing about you as well. A little envious that you’re having so much fun and success with something so off-beat, but more power to you! Good luck.

      1. CFK

        Thank you! I made the peaches & cream for a party tonight. It looks beautiful! Can’t wait to try it!

  11. Belle

    I’m so happy to discover your website. Can u tell me where to get those jello molds you have or are there any alternatives that I could use if I don’t have any molds.please and thank you.

  12. Heather Decker

    I’m wondering if you know a good place to sell jello molds? i have recently come into quite a few of these vintage molds and I just don’t have the storage for them. I’d love to find someone who’s really into the items to buy and use them since they are so great. If you know any place or anyone I’d really appreciate it.

    Wilton Egg Pan- $5
  13. New follower/fan of your blog since I saw your jello molds on The Chew last week. The pics are gorgeous! I made the Strawberries and Champagne Jello a few days ago. YUM! Grown-up way to enjoy a childhood treat. Next may be the peaches and cream. 🙂 Can’t wait for your new book to arrive at my door on release day. Keep up the great work!

  14. Alex

    I just bought your book and found your recipies very creative AND yummy!! The raspberry cosmo looks delicious, to bad I’m not 21.☻By the way, what’s the name of the jello in the picture?

  15. Hello, Victoria!
    My first attempt at trying one of your recipes (strawberries & champagne jello) a couple of weeks ago was very successful! The next one I’m excited to try will be Peaches & Cream. The boozy version, of course. 🙂

    Quick question. Have you experimented with sugar-free jello? Or swapping out regular sugar for Splenda or another substitute? If so, did you learn any tips/tricks you could share? Or point me to a post you’ve written before on the topic, if I missed it.

    I have diabetics in my family. To me sugar free flavored jello tastes like the regular jello. So I thought about experimenting in the future with sugar free jello and the non-alcoholic version of one of your recipes. If it’s a success, it might make an appearance at a family gathering someday! 🙂

    Thanks in advance!

      1. Thanks for the advice and the quick response. I will let you know how the sugar-free experiment works out. Probably will be at least a week or more before I have a chance to try it.

  16. AmandaJo

    I have been searching your site for a thanksgiving cornucopia mold you posted a while ago but can’t find it. HELP! Where is it? Thanks!

  17. Emilia Rosa Kette

    I have a few copper-looking molds–as far as I can remember, real copper tarnishes with time and especially handling, and needs constant cleaning. They’re from Wear Ever. I want to bake a cake in one that looks like a shell (Wear-Ever # 2980), and called WearEver just to confirm. Surprisingly they said, no! Yet, I already baked cakes in another WearEver pan (a 5-cup tallish lil’ thing, that looks like a miniature of the Victorian trifle molds) and nobody got sick. Any idea why they said I shouldn’t bake in this mold? I would be very thankful if you could send me any info. (OK, I noticed Americans have a tendendy of over-reacting on matters of food and health…)

  18. Emilia Rosa Kette

    Thank you so much for your answer! I do not believe those molds have copper. I remember copper pans “darkening” just from being handled. These keep their beautifull–yet dull–tone no matter how much handling they get. I’m baking the cake right now in the one I already used, since it will be shared; next time I’ll bake in the one I’ve never used–hopefully, I’ll survive! 😉 (It is a pity this country has turned into a “law-suit” heaven!) Much luck with your beautiful book!

  19. Denise

    Hi Jello Mold Mistress
    I was inspired by all of your jello molds -they are truly works of art. I just bought your book on Amazon, several molds, several cans of sweetened condensed milk, a large box of gelatin, and many boxes or flavored jello. I am swtiching from baking to making jello this summer. It is a little intimidating, but I am glad I found a tasty dessert that does not have many calories (I am pre-diabetic). I hope I can eventually make a Pisco Sour mold for my Peruvian mother!!

  20. Lisette

    Hi Jello Mold Mistress,

    Love your blog! You mention that you ordered a baker’s dozen of individual molds for the Mudslide that’s featured on your website. I’m having a hard time finding these molds online. Could you possibly divulge from where you ordered them?

    Thank you,

  21. Ann McDonald

    Hi, Victoria!
    I have your book and I LOVE it…..In the book there is a recipe for what appears to be “candy mints” (made from Jello, of course). You mentioned that the mold pictured with the recipe was given to you as a gift. Would you be so kind as to tell me where I can find that mold?


      1. Ann McDonald

        Yes, It was the Gum Drops, sorry! I will check online, now for the mold. Thanks so much for your reply!

  22. Scott

    Hey – i was wondering if you had ever tried floating a dollop of whipped cream within a jello mold? instead of making whipped cream to put on top later on, i was hoping to just integrate a little scoop within cubes of jello i’m preparing. i was wondering if it would hold up, or perhaps you’d have to enrich it somehow (e.g., cornstarch, powdered sugar)? btw – your site’s been an excellent resource!
    thanks, scott

  23. Bob

    Victoria, I’m trying to make the Strawberry Cheesecake mold. The top jello/strawberry layer doesn’t call for cold water after dissolving the jello. Is that correct?

  24. Joey

    Hello Mz Jello,
    Went through my cookbooks last night and found a copy of “Knox On-Camera Recipes” and thought of you. Do you have this? It is from 1963 and has some interesting recipes. I am a fan of you and jel-cookery.

    Aspice Forever, Joey

  25. sheila fish

    I am unsecessfully trying to find the recipe for the lovely apricot jello pictured – I googled apricot, cream cheese and your picturee mold turned up, but I would like the recipe. Is it available? Sheila

  26. I love your book, Hello Jello! I live in Mexico and have a business making gelatin desserts for parties. Your book gave me some neat new ideas to expand my offerings. I love your blog as well, thanks so much for sharing all your beat recipes and tips!

  27. Simon

    Hello Victoria Belanger. Was wondering if you know of in NYC where they have classes or if you give classes on the Jello with flower inside?

  28. Christopher Scott

    Hi Victoria,hope this finds you doing well.I was hoping you might help me with a question I have.I wanted to make the petite watermelon/lime rinds and am confused alittle on the directions in the book.When I first prepare it,…Should it go into the fridge for an hour and a half/dense pudding….then remove and stir….then it gets put into the lime rinds,then fridge to firm?….or is it pour contents into lime rinds right from blender and refridgerate?….thank you so much,Chris

  29. I have stupidly put my jello molds in the dishwasher to clean them. I used the light/china rinse cycle, but they have dulled. How can I restore the shine?? or Can I ?? Oh please say I can!!!!! I’m sad 😦

  30. Conny

    Hi, I have a Jello recipe booklet printed in 1930 in LeRoy, NY. Can you give me any information about this item or were I could find the someone who would know.

  31. Lisa

    Hi Victoria – I have a recipe that will use about 10 cups of liquid and I tested it with water and made sure that my molds each hold 5 cups exactly. Will the gelatin make the liquid expand beyond the 5 cup capacity? Thanks so much – Lisa in Georgia

  32. Angie

    I know with the holidays you probably cannot reply but I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
    I need to know how much sugar if any I can safely put into the mix. I’m putting thawed strawberries into knox gelatin and adding Tequila Rose Liquor.
    I tested it using a large box of strawberry jello and it turned out well. But, this one is going to use Knox instead. How much sugar would be safe…1tsp per package of gelatin?

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