Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Individual Rainbow Jell-O Treat Recipe

I admit it. I completely made these for the looks. 
They were intended strait-up as decorations.

Typically not a huge Jell-O fan, I didn't even think I'd bother eating one. Didn't think much about them at all besides how dang cute they would look for my 4-year-old's rainbow birthday party.

So you can imagine my pleasant surprise when they not only looked AWESOME but they tasted AWESOME too! :)


Pretty much anything rainbow is fun, but something about the Jell-O's semi-translucent, shiny rainbow colors just seem to make them shine. I love it. :)



It was fun to watch all the birthday guests enjoy them. 
Mostly everyone dug right in and enjoyed seeing the rainbow colors all the way down to the bottom, but my oldest studiously ate it layer by layer. 
Here's the birthday girl enjoying her rainbow Jell-O.



So, crazy cute to look at.
Crazy tasty to eat.
And guess what? They are crazy fun to make--at least for the kids. Probably an adult wouldn't label it as the most fun thing they ever did, but my kids were constantly asking if it was time to add another layer.

Here is the birthday girl again, on party-prep day (aka the day before the rainbow extravaganza).


 Want to make some? Who wouldn't!?
I know most (aka sane) folks make this Jell-O salad in one big bowl--also stunning and impressive. I couldn't decide what to do. Then, I was at the dollar store and saw these inexpensive plastic cups, 5 for $1, so it took me a whole 2 seconds to decide that individual servings was the way to go.

Once home I figured how many layers I needed (6 colors of the rainbow, plus 5 white layers = 11 layers), and I marked on the cup how big those layers needed to be to fill it up just right as shown by the dots below. Once I had even spacing of what I knew the layers should be, I used a tablespoon and water to measure how large each layer should be (2 Tbsp for these cups). Just to make sure I had enough room, I did more like 1 1/2 Tbsp of the white layer.


Then I made lots and lots of Jell-O--Jell-O for every color of the rainbow.

I also took some time to decide on what recipe to use. When I had first heard about and seen this kind of Jell-O salad, the gal told me that she just put sour cream in half of the Jell-O (split your green into two bowls for example and add sour cream to half of it). That sounded easy enough but I really wanted my white layer to be WHITE so I decided to follow The Brown Eyed Baker's recipe. Plus it was her grandma's recipe and I have a soft spot for antique recipes. 
Follow the link to get her great recipe, or here it is below with my minor alterations. 

I was concerned at first at how she made all the layers at once, but I went ahead and did it as she suggested and it worked just fine. Sometimes I had to slightly warm them if I thought they were setting too much, but overall, it was a really efficient way to do it.

Rainbow Jell-O

Ingredients:

For the Jello Layers:
6 (3-ounce) boxes Jello, 1 each red, orange, yellow, green, blue & purple (or colors of your choice)
6 cups boiling water
3 cups cold water
For the White Layers:
3 cups milk
3/4 cup boiling water
3 envelopes Knox gelatin
18 ounces vanilla yogurt
3/4 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

1. Get 5 small bowls out to start. Mix 1 box of Jello with 1 cup boiling water and ½ cup cold water. Do this with all of the colors at the same time.
2. Heat the milk in a saucepan over low heat just until it reaches a lukewarm temperature. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together 1 cup boiling water with the envelopes of Knox gelatin. Whisk together until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Add the warm milk, yogurt, sugar and vanilla extract and whisk until thoroughly combined and completely smooth with no lumps.
3. Pour the first color into a 9x13-inch pan OR into your individual cups OR into a pretty clear bowl and refrigerate until set (about 45 minutes, but can vary depending on the temperature of your fridge and how full it is). Once it's set, very gently pour 1 cup of the yogurt mixture on top OR amount needed to make your individual cups. Return to the refrigerator for 45 minutes, or until set. Repeat with the colors and yogurt mixture until the last color is used (you will have some yogurt mixture leftover). When finished, refrigerate for at least another hour. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve; refrigerate leftovers. If you used a 9x13-inch pan, you can cut them into cubes for a great effect.


The day before our rainbow party was "party prep day" and my girls and I just stayed home and baked cake, made frosting and made rainbow Jell-O. Every so often we'd just check to see if it was time to put on another layer, so it was really quite easy to make this and it didn't feel like it took much time at all because we'd just add another layer between whatever else was going on in the house. 
We'll be making it again FOR SURE. Loved it.
Enjoy! 





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