Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Taste a Rainbow

Have you ever wondered what a rainbow tastes like? Now you can find out.

Just be prepared to spend a lot of quality time with your Pyrex measuring cup, because you'll be using it over and over as each layer needs to be prepared and allowed to set up individually.

First, gather up all the flavors of your rainbow. Mine was a sort of Franken-jello assortment.
Then choose a CLEAR vessel for your jello rainbow to take form. You definitely want to be able to SEE the layers if you are going to go through the trouble of creating them. I chose 'Clear Cut Crystal' cups from Chinet, but the mega-rainbow in a trifle bowl I saw today on 4 Crazy Kings is perfect for a large group (and less toil in the kitchen), not to mention a show-stopping centerpiece on anyone's St. Patrick's Day dessert table. Find it here:
After blending color #1 in the first cups of boiling water and cool water, pour the first color evenly amongst the cups. I started with blue at the bottom, and worked my way up to red. Allow to set up (at least one hour) in the refrigerator. Then repeat with the remaining jello mixes. To speed up the solidifying process a bit, add ice cold water (minus the ice) for the additional cup, not just cold water from the tap.

One point I picked up from another blogger was that her red and orange layers bled so closely in color that she was not able to tell them apart. So to set my red apart, I added a few drops of red food coloring before pouring to make sure the red was deep and vibrant.

When all the layers are set and all your little leprechauns are ready for dessert, top each cup with a big whipped cream cloud and for a wee bit of extra charm, tuck in a chocolate gold coin. As an alternative, for those with milk allergies or lactose-intolerance issues, you can use mini marshmallows or Fluff to top your rainbows instead.

FYI: These five boxes of jello mix filled nine 9 oz. cups to the BRIM. I am sure you could fill ten if need be, but the layers would be thinner of course.


  1. By the way, I don't suggest topping YOUR rainbow jello with cotton balls. I just wanted to get a picture before we transported ours to our St. Patrick's dinner out, and the tub of whipped cream was to be added later.

  2. Looks so pretty with your clouds and gold coin. Thanks for linking! Hope yours was a happy day!