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Christmas Jello Balls

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Christmas jello balls are made with only three ingredients. They’re so delicious and one of the easiest Christmas treats you’ll ever make!

red and green christmas jello balls piled on eachother

Christmas Jello Balls

These Christmas jello balls are deeelicious!

They are so fast and simple – no really, they take about 10 minutes to whip up. The result is a festive treat that is an easy crowd-pleaser at any Holiday party.

These jello balls are made with only three ingredients, which makes them one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make!

strawberry and lime jello boxes, shredded coconut in a white bowl, and two opened cans of thick cream. All sitting on a butcher block.

Christmas Jello Ball Ingredients

You only need 3 ingredients to make these delicious jello balls!

  • Jello – For the green jello balls I used one box of lime jell-o. For the red balls I used strawberry jell-o. You can use any green and red flavored Jell-o for the balls. Also, you could try using sugar-free jello for this recipe.
  • Thick Cream – You will need two cans of thick cream. You can usually find this in the baking section near the condensed milk. Please note that this is not the same as heavy cream – see my notes below on how to find the correct ingredient.
  • Finely Shredded Coconut – Look for unsweetened finely shredded coconut. You’ll need 3 cups worth, so depending on how small the package is, you might need to buy two packs.
Two cans of carnation thick cream. First image stacked on top of eachother. Second image one can is opened.

What Is Thick Cream?

This recipe uses thick cream and not heavy cream or condensed milk. It will not work if you use these other ingredients. I took a picture above so you can see what it looks like.

I am able to find Carnation thick cream in the baking section of my grocery store. This stuff is truly delicious! I’m Canadian so the description is slightly different here than in the U.S.

In the U.S. you can look for Nestle Carnation extra thick cream. Start by looking in the baking section of your grocery store near where condensed milk is. If you can’t find it there you can buy extra thick cream on Amazon.

Pile of green and red christmas jello balls on a white plate with green napkins in the background.

How To Make Christmas Jello Balls

These are so simple to make with no baking required.

  1. Add Thick Cream To Bowl – It will be lumpy when you dump it out of the can. You want it to be smooth and creamy so give it a good stir to get it there.
  2. Mix In Jello – Add one packet of jello powder to the bowl of thick cream. Mix until it’s smooth and consistent in color.
  3. Add Coconut – Add the unsweetened finely shredded coconut to the bowl and mix mix mix!
  4. Roll Into Balls – Measure 1 Tbsp of the mixture and roll into a ball between your hands. Place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Chill – Let the jello balls chill in the fridge for a minimum of three hours before serving. I left mine overnight in the fridge and they turned out great!
  6. Repeat – If you’re doing two different colors just repeat steps 1-5 with a different jello flavor.

If Your Jell-o Balls Are Too Sticky

I find that different Jell-O flavors will create different consistencies. The lime Jell-O was easier to roll. The strawberry Jell-O was stickier so I had to add ¼ cup extra shredded coconut. If you find that your jello balls are too sticky, add a ¼  cup of shredded coconut at a time, and stir it in. Try rolling it again, if it’s still too sticky, add another ¼ cup.

Can Jello Balls Be Frozen?

Yes they can. First you must chill these on a baking sheet for a minimum of 3 hours. After that, you can add them to a freezer bag, remove excess air and seal tightly. If you’re making these in advance for Christmas, they should keep in the freezer 1-2 months. Let thaw overnight in the fridge before serving. You can easily re-roll them if some lose their shape.

red and green jello balls on a white plate with fake greenery surround it.

More Easy Holiday Baking

  • Snowball M&M Cookies – They look just like snowballs with hidden M&Ms inside.
  • Christmas Cracker Candy – One of the easiest treats to make and highly addictive!
  • Dipped Pretzel Sticks – Sooo easy, makes a beautiful gift too!
  • Whipped Shortbread Christmas Cookies – Incredibly delicious and festive. One of my favorite cookies to make at Christmas.

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Christmas Jello Coconut Balls

Christmas jello balls are made with only three ingredients. They’re so delicious and one of the easiest Christmas treats you’ll ever make!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 36 balls



  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Add 6 oz of thick cream to a bowl. Mix until smooth and creamy with no more lumps.
    thick cream mixed in white bowl with red spatula
  • Add the lime jello.
    lime jello powder on top of thick cream in white bowl with red spatula
  • Mix together until evenly coated.
    lime jello mixed with thick cream in white bowl with spatula
  • Add 1 ½ cups of finely shredded coconut to the bowl.
    jello cream mixture in bowl with shredded coconut poured on top.
  • Stir together thoroughly until all coconut is evenly mixed.
    jello coconut cream mixture in white bowl with grey spatula
  • Use 1 Tbsp to measure batter and roll into balls. You will have about 18-20 in total.
    Note: If batter is too sticky, add ¼ cup more shredded coconut until it's rollable.
    white bowl with 1 Tbsp and green batter. Baking sheet with rolled green jello balls beside it.
  • Repeat the steps with the red strawberry jello. First, mix the thick cream until smooth. Add in the jello and stir until evenly mixed. Add the shredded coconut, then roll into 1 Tbsp balls.
    Note: I had to add ¼ cup shredded coconut to strawberry jello balls so they weren't too sticky (I didn't have to do this with lime).
  • Let the balls chill in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours, but preferrably overnight.
    rolled green and red jello balls on a baking sheet.
  • These jello coconut balls can be frozen. Add them to a freezer bag, remove excess air and seal tightly. Can be frozen for 1-2 months. Let thaw in the fridge overnight before use. If needed, roll in a bit more shredded coconut before serving.


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and is per serving.

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