Jell-O lollipops make ideal fix-it-and-forget-it snacks. Mix Jell-O and boiling water in the morning, let it chill for a few hours, and the lollipops are ready in time for an afternoon snack. Jell-O, available in a rainbow of bright colors and various fruity flavors, makes treats that are almost like regular lollipops, except they have that all-important wiggly, jiggly factor kids love.

Things You'll Need

Place Jell-O in a heat-proof mixing bowl. Stir in boiling water at a rate of 1 1/4 cups of water for every 2 packages of Jell-O.

Stir thoroughly until the Jell-O dissolves, then let the mixture cool for about 15 minutes.

Place small paper cups on a tray or baking sheet, then pour the cooled mixture into the cups. Two 4-serving-size packages of Jell-O makes enough mixture to fill 4 of the 5-ounce paper cups.

Place the cups on the tray and refrigerate until the Jell-O is firm, at least 3 hours.

Peel the paper cups carefully away from the Jell-O. Dip a table knife into warm water. Place it on the side of the first block of Jell-O about 1/3 of the way down, and push it through to slice off the top section, creating a thin, round slice. Cut each block of Jell-O horizontally into 3 equal slices.

Cut one plastic drinking straw in half for every two Jell-O pops. To make the lollipops, insert one straw half into each the side of each slice.