Crystal Light Gelatin | A Yummy Sugar Free Jello Alternative

July 8, 2020

Crystal Light Gelatin | A Yummy Sugar Free Jello Alternative

By Courtney Ahroon

I’m a fan of Jello. I love how it feels on my throat (especially right now when it’s sore). I’m also a fan of Crystal Light. It’s one of my favorite afternoon “I need something yummy right now” treats (at least it is when I have enough self control to grab that instead of my usual pint of ice cream).

But I’m not the biggest fan of sugar free gelatin. I’m not sure what it is, but the sweetener does something funny to the flavor.

So I wondered if I could make my own. So I did!

And it’s YUMMY!

So, here’s what you need:

  • package Crystal Light (not the singles)
  • 5 packages Knox Gelatin (agar agar is a great vegan alternative… from what I have heard)
  • 8 cups Water

First thing you want to do is grab your favorite flavor of Crystal Light. Mine is so far is fruit punch. But they also have Strawberry Orange Banana, Cherry Pomegranate, Classic Orange, and Appletini. I’m sure they have grape, too. But let’s be real. Grape flavored anything is disgusting.

After you’ve chosen your flavor, throw six cups of water on the stove to boil (put it in a pot first, it won’t boil without a pot). And while you are waiting, whisk together the entire contents of both the Crystal Light and the Gelatin in with the remaining two cups of cold water.  If you’re smart, you’ll use a container big enough for all eight cups and some stirring space.

If you’re like me, you’ll forget that part and have to juggle multiple different Tupperware containers before you find one that works.  Like many thickeners, adding your gelatin mixture to hot water will cause it to clump together rather than dissolve.  And while that might work for Grandma’s lumpy gravy, not so much for this delicacy.

Once the powder mixture has completely dissolved, add the boiling water.  Gently mix the whole thing, cover, and stick it in the fridge for a really, really long time.

Too long.

Just make this at night before you go to bed.  You’ll thank me.

While we’re on the subject, my new family brings this fantastic pretzel, whipped cream, cream cheese, jello dessert to every family gathering.

I first partook when I went to Adam’s family’s Christmas Eve dinner.  Meeting the whole family of your future husband is a pretty nerve-racking experience.  Of course, at the time he wasn’t my future husband… he was just this super adorable dude I was dating who had the best red beard and the softest lips I’d…

Never mind.

Anyway, in addition to being socially awkward, about 10 pounds heavier than I was when we started dating (now I’m 20 😭), and feeling the pressure of wanting them to like me, I ALSO had to be careful about not binging on the jello dessert.

Suffice it to say, it’s not your basic jello salad recipe. There is something magical about it.  But that is a recipe for another day.

Crystal Light Jello

Crystal Light Gelatin | A Yummy Sugar Free Jello Alternative

  • Author: Courtney Ahroon
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 8 hours
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Category: Dessert



  • 1 package Crystal Light (Not the singles. You want the package that will make 2 qts of Crystal Light)
  • 5 packages Knox Gelatin (I like my Gelatin firm enough to cut into cubes. If you want it less firm, try it with 4 envelopes.)
  • 8 cups Water (Divided)


  1. Measure 6 cups of water and put it on the stove to boil.
  2. Mix entire contents of Crystal Light and gelatin envelopes with 2 cups of cold water.
  3. Add to boiling water.
  4. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Put in container and chill for 6-8 hours.
  6. Enjoy your guilt free, delicious, low calorie snack!!


  • Serving Size: 1 cup

Keywords: Keto, Jello, Gelatin, Crystal Light, crystal light ingredients

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