Rainbow Jello for a Rainbow Party

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Little girls are growing up mighty quickly in our household. Somehow someway we managed to celebrate two birthdays within the passed few months. How quickly the months and years are passing! I’d be lying, however, if I said I don’t love to plan a party. And a party with a good old theme is what gets me especially giddy. For my little one we did a rainbow theme in the spring. Pinterest became my best friend because more than ANYONE Pinterest LOVES a rainbow theme party. (If you don’t believe me, check for yourself!)

Together my girls and I tackled this Rainbow Jello mold. If you plan to make this, choose a day when you will be home for several hours. While there isn’t significant hands on time required, there is substantial waiting time required between each step.  The final product looked so pretty on the table and the kids couldn’t wait to get their hands on it! And it tasted delicious!

Rainbow Jello Mold:

7  3 oz. packages of flavored gelatin

  • 1 purple
  • 1 blue
  • 1 green
  • 1 yellow
  • 1 orange
  •  2 red
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt
  • 8 3/4 cup boiling water

First, empty your packages of gelatin powder into 6 separate containers.  The containers need to be able to hold at least 1 1/4 cups of hot liquid. You will need a bigger bowl for the red one as you will be using two boxes of that one.

Next, stir 1 1/4 cups boiling water into each flavor (2 1/2 cups for the red). Stir each until gelatin is completely dissolved. You will want to position your glasses in opposite order of the rainbow as we will start with purple and end on red.

Spray your bundt pan with cooking spray, this will help the Jello mold release easily once it is set. Once you have done that you can start adding colors.

Add 3/4 cup of your purple gelatin into the bundt pan and then place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Make sure you set a timer for each layer as knowing when to add the next layer is important.  You must chill each layer long enough to partially set, but not too long otherwise the next layer will not stick.

Take the remaining purple gelatin and add 1 1/2 Tablespoons of the yogurt and stir until completely dissolved.  Make sure there are no yogurt lumps.  Place this mixture into the refrigerator to chill until your first 15 minutes is up.

Once your timer goes off, take your bundt pan and yogurt mixture out of the refrigerator.  You will first want to test the gelatin in the pan to make sure it is set enough to take the next layer.  You will test this by lightly touching the jello with a finger tip and lifting up right away.

The jello should stick to your finger and leave a slight impression in the jello.  If you have that, then you are ready to add your next layer.

Now you want to add your yogurt mixture. With a spoon very gently and slowly add your yogurt mixture to the set jello layer. Make sure your spoon is low when you add the yogurt mixture.  This will ensure you don’t break through the bottom layer when you pour it in.

Continue until all of the yogurt mixture is added.  Place back into the refrigerator for another 15 minutes.

Complete this same process with the rest of the gelatin colors.  Red will be your last layer, which will be a double layer. Use 1 1/2 cups of the liquid jello for the clear layer and 1 cup mixed with 4 Tablespoons yogurt for the creamy layer.

The other jello colors can remain on the counter during this entire process.

I have never had any of the waiting jello start to set.  If this should happen though, simply fill a bowl with hot water and place your jello container inside of the water bowl and stir until the set jello loosens up and turns back into liquid.

Your cooling time will lessen with each layer added as the cooler the jello gets, the less time it takes to set.  Also, each layer gets thinner and thinner so will chill quicker.  So each layer might not take the entire 15 minutes.  When I get to the green layer I start checking around 10-12 minutes and adjust accordingly.

Once you have added all 12 layers, let the filled mold set overnight.

When you are ready to release the mold, simply fill your sink with warm (not hot) water. The water should cover the majority of the bundt pan, but should not come all the way to the top.  You do not want any water to get into the jello mold.

Let your mold sit in the warm water for about 10-15 seconds.  You will see the side of the jello get a little shiny and liquefy slightly.  That is a good sign that the jello has separated from the mold.

Once you see that, take your mold out of the water and dry off the pan.  Take the plate that you will be serving the jello on (should be flat and at least 2-3 inches wider than your mold) and sprinkle a couple drops of water around where the jello will be touching the plate.  This will allow the jello to adjust and spread a little once it is released. Now place the lightly moistened plate over the jello mold.  With a good grip on the mold and plate, flip the plate and mold over.  Slowly lift your mold and the jello should release easily.  If any water has accumulated on the plate around the jello, simply take a paper towel and wipe until clean and dry.

Recipe found here on Glitter and Goulash.

 

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