Jell-O is one of those things that I instinctively knew was extremely rainbowable (I’m really going all out with this rainbowing of words, aren’t I?). I mean, gelatin already comes in basically all the colors of the rainbow, so the question was never about whether or not I could, but how?
Everyone knows how to make Jell-O, right? Dissolve the powder in warm water, then add cold water, stick it in the fridge until properly gellified? It was the first recipe I learned how to make because my mom was fairly sure I couldn’t muck it up (joke’s on her, cause I remember burning myself with boiling water somewhere along the way).
For the rainbow parade, I picked up Jell-O of the proper colors in the following flavors:
Purple – Blueberry (SO DAMN TASTY)
Green – Tutti Frutti
Yellow – Pinneaple
Orange – Orange (so original)
Red – Strawberry
I couldn’t find blue Jell-O, so I dyed colorless gelatin blue with food coloring and added a few drops of lemon extract. Instant lemon blue jelly!
Initially, I thought I’d make a nice layered rainbow. As in drip every layer individually and let it solidify before adding the next.
No joke. That is a thing that went through my mind. And then I tried it. I seriously tried it.
Only took me two hours and a couple of failed layers to give up. Too time-consuming.
My second technique, the one I’m recommending, worked much better.
I let the Jell-O set in the different bowls and once it was set I shredded it with a fork (and my clean hands, if we’re being honest). Then I layered the shredded Jell-O in glasses for a prettier presentation.
Nice looking rainbow, isn’t it? After a while the different colored Jell-Os sort of melted into each other, so the end result wasn’t so much a bunch of Jell-O cubes mixed together, but a sort of multi-colored single Jell-O glass.
As for the flavors? Six flavors of Jell-O mixed together are awesomely intense and the summeriest thing I’ve eaten this year.
Rainbow Jell-O: officially my new must recipe for summer parties!
- Purple Jell-O
- Blue Jell-O
- Green Jell-O
- Yellow Jell-O
- Orange Jell-O
- Red Jell-O
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