What Happens When You Make Jell-O with Evaporated Milk?

Can you make jell-o with evaporated milk? Friends, it's possible that you've never wondered about this question. But I did for you, and I can also supply an answer. This happens: 

I know! It looks legit, right? When I put a picture of it on Instagram and had people guess what it was, their guesses included avocado ice cream and matcha pudding. I was pleased that they thought so highly of me and the picture, but in truth, the actual ingredients were far more humble:

All I did was pour the jell-o powder in a heatproof bowl, heat the can of evaporated milk until it simmered, then poured the hot milk over the powder.

I stirred it briefly, poured it into a clean plate (I used a pie plate) and then put it in the fridge for several hours to set. 

It came out looking like this.

It scooped like this.

And it tasted....well, I will tell you, it tasted way classier than it should, considering the ingredients, one of which was canned, the other boxed, and that was all. It almost tasted like a key lime pie filling. You know, not necessarily a fresh key lime pie, but the type that you might buy in the freezer aisle. Maybe not the freshest and definitely far from farm-to-table, but surprisingly serviceable as a dessert course.

Hey, want to give it a try? Here's how you do it.

Jell-o made with evaporated milk

Printable recipe here

  • 1 box of lime jell-o (the smaller, 3 ounce or so size)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) evaporated milk
  1. Pour the jell-o powder into a heatproof bowl. Set to the side.
  2. In a saucepan, bring the evaporated milk to the simmering point over medium-low heat. Once it simmers, remove from heat and pour over the jell-o powder.
  3. Using a whisk, stir until everything is combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into a heat and cold-proof bowl. Transfer to the fridge, and let it set for several hours or overnight.
  5. Enjoy!

Have you ever made jell-o with anything other than water?