How to make Hmong Jello

Making Hmong jello is very easy.  It is great for all occasions.  All you need are a few ingredients! Let's get started.

Hmong Jello Ingredients:

Version 1

  • 1 cup of Knox Unflavored Gelatine (if you can find the 16 oz can it will save you lots of $$)
  • 1 can of coconut milk (13 oz can)
  • 5 cups of hot water
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of sugar
  • add small amount of salt (optional)
  • add drops of smell flavoring (cov tsw tsw qaab rau nabvam) OPTIONAL
  1. Add sugar to a large bowl.
  2. Measure out 5 cups of boiling water to a big bowl. (becareful cos it's hot!)
  3. Then add the water to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Add coconut milk and stir.
  5. Lastly, add the Knox unflavored gelatine. 
  6. Divide the mixture into three equal parts. 
  7. Add food coloring as you wish. 
  8. In a large pan, pour one color mixture and place in the refrigerator until firm (usually 15 minutes, depends on the temperature of your fridge). 
  9. When the layer is firm, add another layer.
  10. Once it's all solid, cut it up into smaller pieces!


VERSION 2 - this one tastes creamier!

5 cups water
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unflavored gelatin
1 can of coconut milk (13 oz)
5 egg yolks
pinch of salt
Food coloring of your choice

Mix the water, coconut milk, and sugar in a bowl and heat over medium heat. Add a pinch of salt, optional.
When little bubbles start to form on the surface, add the egg yolks and stir immediately. Do not let it boil or else you will have scrambled eggs.
Sprinkle the gelatin carefully and stir so it does not get lumpy.
Remove and separate into 3 equal parts.
Add food coloring as you wish.
Pour one color in a pan and chill in the freezer or fridge until solid.
Pour next color when the layer is solid enough to hold another layer.
Continue until all colors are done.
Cut and serve!

To make egg shell mold, crack the narrow end of the egg with a toothpick or knife. Carefully remove a dime size hole. Pour out the egg whites, then the egg yolk will come out last. You can use the egg yolks for this recipe or save for another time. Rinse the egg shell in water. Place upside down back in the egg carton so the water drips out.  If you are concerned about using real eggs, I suggest you can buy egg molds online or at the store.  They make jello molds for eggs.

To fill the egg shells, use a plastic bag and pour it carefully into the shells. OR put the liquid into an empty plastic squeeze bottle and pour into the egg shell.

Where to find the large can of unflavored gelatin?
I bought a 16 oz can of Knox Unflavored gelatin at a large American grocery supermarket. Here in Madison, WI I bought it at Woodman's.  If you cannot find the 16 oz can, you can buy the individual unflavored gelatin packages at any supermarket.  It is cheaper to get the 16 oz can if you plan to make a lot of jello! You can make a few batches with the 16 oz can!

Where to find the powder food coloring like the one in the video?
I bought the Swad food coloring at my local asian grocery store.  If you cannot find powder food coloring, you can use liquid food coloring too.  Powder form just makes the colors brighter but any coloring would work. 


I hope you enjoy this recipe.  Try it with different colors and see how it turns out!  Please subscribe to my youtube channel for more updates and new videos!


Wow - great job!  Keep up the great work & teaching the rest of us these awesome recipes. 

Thank you Belle!!! :-)  That means a lot to me. Your comments are appreciated.

can you take a picture of the gelatine box, so i can find at the store cause there are so many kind. i want to see how it look like.

Yes, I'll post up pics of my ingredients soon.

Where did you get the powder food coloring?  I checked in all my stores and they don't carry them.  It seems to only be sold online or baking stores.  I might just have to buy online because the colors you used were so beautiful, like paj ntaub.  Thanks for teaching and sharing.  So happy

You can probably find them at an indian grocery store.  The powder I use is an indian brand called Swad.  :-) Good luck!

Question - Since I can't find the 16 oz can gelatin.. How many packets of the individual gelatin would I need for this? I know that there are 4 to a box. So how many box? Thanks for sharing!

Hi, I am not sure how many packages you have to buy to make it equal a cup.  I have a general idea that you will have to buy a lot of packages though since each package only contains a small amount of unflavored gelatin. It probably will get costly cos each small package is not cheap. 

So if you buy 16 individual bag of the gelatine which only contains 4 bag in a package...would it make one cup or you have to buy more?

Hi Sophie, I'm not exactly sure what the measurements are that are in the 1 envelope of the unflavored gelatin.  I think you will have to buy a lot of envelopes and then pour it into a 1 cup measuring cup.  If you do try it, let me know how many envelopes it takes you to fill 1 cup.

it take a good 4 boxes... 

Hi, I'm trying this recipe. I saw your question and wasn't sure if you still needed an answer. Each package of gelatin in the box is 1 tbsp which makes each box 1/4 cup. So if you wanted the jello on the softer side, get 3 boxes, if you want it firmer then get 4. Hope I'm not too late to help!!! Good luck.

Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for ur recipe... i will try this one.. thanks alot..

Hi Xai, good luck! I hope you like the recipe.  For more tender jello, use 3/4 cup unflavored gelatin.

I was wondering, how big the cup have to be? i mean its have  to be a long or short cup? thanks

I use the standard measuring cup you can find at any store.  If you plan to keep the jello in the fridge, don't use 1 cup of gelatin because it will get harder.  3/4 cup of gelatin is just about right.

i made it and it turned out good but with 1 cup of gelatin it was really hard so i tried another one with 1/2 cup of gelantin and it was to wiggly. What can i do to make it not so hard and gooey. thanks so much!!

I usually go anywhere between 3/4 cup and 1 cup ... It also depends on the kind of coconut milk you use also.  I like to use the thick coconut milk.  The watery dessert coconut milk you will need 1 cup unflavored gelatin.  Good luck!

Hi there,I live in Madison too, what grocery store did you buy the food color from?

Hi Kia, you can get it from Yue Wah on South Park Street.  It's the store next to McDonald's.

I enjoy watching all you video posts and learned a lot from them.  Keep them coming.

Thanks Xee! I appreciate your comment!

What kind of coconut did you use?

You can use any brand of coconut milk.  Here's a tip when looking for coconut for this kind of dessert.  Shake the can, if it is watery it means there is not a lot of coconut cream.  If you shake the can, and it is heavy and you can't feel a lot of movement, this means that can has a lot of coconut cream.  The thicker the coconut cream, the more solid this dessert is.  You just have to adjust for it when you put in the gelatin. 

thanks for this recipe! my husband showed my daughter this video and so she has been constantly reminding me to make if for a week i will be attempting this for the first time ever. where can you get the gelatin from? do regular grocery stores carry them?

Hi, regular grocery stores should carry them.  If you can't find the large can, you probably have to buy them as individual packages like jello.  I buy mines from a store called Woodmans.

I have tried the Knox Gelatine jello before and didn't like it very much.  I find that w/5 cups of h2o is still very firm.  I prefer the must stiffer, but yet still on the firm side type of texture for Hmong jellos.  The Knox brand do hold the layers better than the asian Telephone brand.  I don't know if you have tried it w/only 3cups of h2o or less to see if it even makes a difference? BTW, your recipe looks awesome!  You did a wonderful job it and it looks pretty.  I now know what powder brand people are talking about regarding food coloring......Thanks!

Hi, thanks for your comments.  I've done a lot of trial and error with this recipe.  For me, I like my jello a bit firm but not too firm.  Coconut milk has a lot to do with the consistency too.  Some coconut milk are thicker than others and this produces a firmer texture.

Kuv xav paub seb koj puas paub ua cov kua sauce ua khaub poob co.Thiab kua sauce ua rau Fawm kib. Please Reply. Thank You...

Hi, I have various recipes for sauces.  I'll post a few simple to make ones soon.

where can you get the knox unflavored gelatine. i dont know where i can find.

I bought mine from a large grocery store called Woodmans.  You can also buy it online at Amazon.

Hey bay yang,

Just wanted to share with you that I found mine at Walmart, so I'm pretty sure that your local Walmart should also carry it too. Its in the jello/pudding isle. I've also seen it at Festival Foods too. Hope you find it!

You can get the Knox Unfavored Gelatin at Smart & Final..I got it for $10.97 for the 16oz can..

Cool. We don't have that store here but glad you found it!

Hey I was wondering if I can use agar instead of gelatin?

Yes, it might have a slight difference in texture but should work the same.

This is a lot more simple than I thought. I'm tempted to make this colorful jello. I will let you know how it turns out. LOL. :) Thanks again for the great recipe and vids. ;)


Thank you for sharing such a wonderful receipe. My first attempt turned out to be such a great success! My in-laws loved it and it tasted just as I've imagined. Please post up more videos and directions of new receipes. I'm starting to feel more like a real housewife :)

That's awesome! So glad to hear that!

hi annie ,I would like to know where you buy those colorful food colors. can you tell me where i can  get it.? i real like those bright powder food color. annie your food are great. i learned a lot of stuffs from video. please get more reicpes for us thanks. can you email me back ok.

I bought mine from a store here in Madison called Yue Wah on Park Street.  I wasn't able to find any powder food coloring online.  The brand I use is called SWAD and I think it's an indian brand.  Try an indian grocery store.

hey annie can u show me the unflavored gelatine so i can fine it....

If the store near you doesn't have the large can, it might be sold in smaller packages. Look for it in the aisle where the jello is.  It will say "unflavored gelatin".

Can I just say: YOU ARE AMAZING!!! Thanks for the recipe =D 

My pleasure, Julie!

Can you give me a recipe of sesame balls? I've seen people try lots of recipe but I only like it when the crust is thin and hollow inside. I don't like it when u bite into it and is full of gluten flour. Pls let me know

To get the balls hollow, when you fry your sesame balls you are supposed to press on them so that they expand while cooking in the oil.  :-)


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