Gelatin Pinwheels or Fruity Roll-Ups
February 15th, 2011 by Jello Girl

Homemade fruit roll-ups

Celebrate Jello Week with these yummy treats!  What kid could resist them?  So cute!  How fun would they be in a lunch box or for a holiday or party treat!  You can do them in any color for any theme:  red for Valentines, red and green for Christmas, orange for Halloween, green for St. Patricks, red and blue for 4th of July etc.

My kids were not in agreement as to the name of these treats.  On the Kraft website http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/easy-marshmallow-pinwheels-51697.aspx they are called Gelatin Pinwheels, but some of my kids thought that fruity roll-ups sounded better.  Either way they are fun, easy and delicious!

Gelatin Pinwheel/ Fruity Roll-Ups

1 (3 oz.) pkg. jello

1/2 cup water

1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Lightly spray an 8 or 9 inch pan square pan with non-stick cooking spray and make sure it is spread well.

Stir together water and jello powder in a glass bowl and microwave for 1 minute.   Remove bowl and stir well making sure jello is dissolved.  If necessary, return to microwave for 20 seconds or so to make sure jello is dissolved and stir again.

Add marshmallows and return to microwave for 20-40 seconds or until marshmallows have just begun to puff.  This is the key to a successful marshmallow layer!  If you over cook the marshmallows, they just dissolve and your roll-up will not have two distinct layers.

Whisk quickly until marshmallows are dissolved.

Pour quickly into prepared pan and chill in fridge for 45 minutes or until well set.  Creamy layer will float to the top.

Remove the pan from fridge.  At this point,  the jello should be very firm and easy to handle.  Gently pull one side away from pan and lift entire sheet onto counter.  Starting at one end, roll up tightly.  With seam side down, cut into 10-12 (1/2) inch slices.  We found it easiest to cut with a piece of thread or dental floss.  Just put the string around roll-up, cross and pull.

Yummy treat for kids
Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Now Go Spread Some Fruity Gelatin Pinwheel Joy!

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33 comments on “Gelatin Pinwheels or Fruity Roll-Ups

  1. Stop it! Is it really Jell-O week??? I just did a Jell-O post this week not knowing! we {adore} Jell-O at our house.


  2. Even my well-grown guys are gonna love this one. Thanks.

  3. Nicole on said:

    I made these LATE last night and even though I chilled them on an uneven surface :o p They still turned out great. I was in intrigued to see the jello and marshmallow separate.

  4. Jello Girl on said:

    So glad they worked out for you! They are so much fun to make and eat.

  5. Sofia on said:

    So let’s see if I understood correctly, I mix the jello and the water and microwave it until it is dissolved, then I add the marshmellows all together with the jello in the same bowl? Thankyou!

  6. Jello Girl on said:

    That is correct- just make sure to not over cook marshmallows – cook just until begin to get puffy, then quickly mix in and chill- layers will separate as cooling. Good luck!

  7. shannon on said:

    Is there a stove top method? Anything other than microwave? Thanks

  8. Jello Girl on said:

    I have done it on the stove before. It is just easier not to over-cook the marshmallows in the microwave. Mix water and Jello together and stir on stove until dissolved, then add marshmallows and cook just until they start to puff. Remove pan from heat and stir just until dissolved, then quickly pour in prepared pan. It is critical not to overcook the marshmallows to get a distinct layer. Good luck!

  9. Crystal on said:

    Just curious have you done this without the marshmallows?

  10. Damaris on said:

    Hello, thanks for sharing this great recipe. I was wondering if this could be made using marshmallow fluff instead of regular marshmallows?

  11. Jello Girl on said:

    You could try it, but because of the consistency I would predict it will incorporate differently and so you would not have the double layer. Let us know if you try it. Thanks!

  12. Jello Girl on said:

    I have not done it without marshmallows. I think it will still work, but you will not have a double layer which doesn’t look as interesting. Let us know if you try it and what you think. Thanks!

  13. Approx. how many does this recipe make??


  15. Jello Girl on said:

    We are so glad you tried it and liked it! Hope you try other flavors too.

  16. Jello Girl on said:

    It really depends on how thick you slice them. It is about 8 inches across, so if you slice in 1 inch slices then you will have 8. I usually aim for a thinner slice so maybe around 14-16 although the two end pieces do not make as nice of a slice as the others do. Hope you give it a try!

  17. Can you cook it on the stove too? Because I don’t have a bowl large enough for the micro

  18. Jello Girl on said:

    I have done it on the stove before. It is just easier not to over-cook the marshmallows in the microwave. Mix water and Jello together and stir on stove until dissolved, then add marshmallows and cook just until they start to puff. Remove pan from heat and stir just until dissolved, then quickly pour in prepared pan. It is critical not to overcook the marshmallows to get a distinct layer. Good luck!

  19. Shannon on said:

    i am just wondering how long they last outside of the fridge? would these be a good thing to send to school or do you think they will melt?

  20. Jello Girl on said:

    Thanks for the question. I pack my kids lunches in “Packit,” so they are chilled, but if lunches are not chilled, I am not sure how long they will last before getting gummy. Give it a try and let us know if they last until lunch time. Kids love them- they are so fun!

  21. Ginger on said:

    I was wondering if you could put like wax paper or something down in the pan to make it easier to pull the jello out and roll it??

  22. Jello Girl on said:

    You could, but they come up really easy so I don’t think that is necessary. Good luck!

  23. Have you tried using sugar free jello? Any guesses on the ratios to use, seeing as the packages of auger free are only 0.6 oz.

  24. Eunice on said:

    I haven’t tried using the sugar free jello. I think the sugar free box has the same amount of gelatin as the 3oz box the main difference is the sugar free doesn’t have the sugar added in, it has Aspartame And Acesulfame Potassium as the sweeteners. I haven’t tried much with sugar free jello but I think that you can replace one box of the sugar free for the regular and get similar results. If you try it let us know how it turns out!

  25. Haley on said:

    Does it have to be an 8*8 or 9*9 pan? because we have a rectangle shape and it is more than 8 or nine inches long.

  26. Lea Bittner- Eddy on said:

    does anyone know if it would be possible to make this with 2 different kinds of jello?

  27. Eunice on said:

    I don’t think 2 flavors would work. You could try just a plain jello layer without the marshmallows and then do a layer with the marshmallows in the jello. The cool thing about these roll ups are that when they are setting up the creamy marshmallow part separates from the jello so you have two layers. If you try it take pictures and let us know if it works.

  28. Eunice on said:

    I think it would probably work in a rectangle pan. We haven’t tried it in one so I’m just guessing, but I think it would be worth a try.

  29. Laurie on said:

    I tried it with sugar free jello. It seems to reach hier temprature faster so don’t put marshmellows back in microwave, just mix in and they desolve completely, just refrigerates and the layers seperate. Prepare two different colours in seperate pans; instead of rolling them, put one on top of other and cut out shapes. Marshmello layer will take on a bit of colour from the one it is stacked on. Yummy treats.

  30. Jello Girl on said:

    Thanks for your tips using sugar free jello!

  31. i made these twice both times i followed instructions correctly but did not turn out right it was not seperated or set. what am i doing wrong i used large marshmallows instead of mini ones i really want to make these for my kids when you say mix jelly and marshmallow do you just stir with a spoon or mixer. help many thanks oh my mirowave is 800w.

  32. Jello Girl on said:

    My guess is you either overcooked marshmallows or over-mixed. That really is the key to get the layers to separate. Your microwave may take less time, and make sure to just gently mix just until dissolved. Try that and let me know if it works- it may take a little experimenting on your part, but once you get it- they will be so easy and fun for you. I am sorry you have had trouble getting it to work out.

  33. Adriana on said:

    What an interesting recipe! I have never thought to incorporate marshmallows and Jello before! I must try it! I have a few questions though. Does the end product end up being gummy or chewy, kind of like gummy candy? Or Fruit Roll Ups? What is the texture of it; is it hard to chew or do the marshmallows make it soft? And also, what kind of bowl is best to make these in the microwave in? I have a microwave safe bowl, but it is more like a flat circle with short sides, it is not really curved. Would a curved bowl with high sides be best? I’m just thinking that the water would be spread too thin in my “flat circle” bowl, and because it has short sides it may not even hold all the marshmallows! But if it’s getting all mixed together, does it matter that the water is spread too thin at the bottom? Maybe not. I don’t know.

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