Thursday, March 3, 2011

seven-layer rainbow jello


For Matthew's preschool parties, there is always a sign-up sheet for what goodies to bring.  But by the time I got to the sign-up sheet for the Valentine's Day party, the only things left open were "fruit" and "jello".  Not wanting to just bring fruit, I signed up for jello.

On the drive to work, I started to brainstorm of what I could make with jello.  Jello with sliced strawberries?  Jello with oranges?  What else could I put in it?  And then it hit me - I would make rainbow jello!  All kids love rainbows, and thinking about all the colorful layers in the jello immediately brought me back to my kid days.  I can't remember specifically what parties or who brought it, but I do remember always gravitating towards it - and eating lots of it.


I had initially envisioned cutting out the jello into heart shapes for Valentine's Day, but I ended up using a flower cutter since my heart cookie cutter was too big.  And even then I only did a few, as the jello was too tall for the cutter, so the shapes didn't come out nicely.  So I just sliced the rest into small squares.


I have to say, this jello is highly addictive.  The white layers are made with knox gelatin and sweetened condensed milk, which adds a nice creamy flavor to the overall jello.  And who can resist something so colorful and fun to eat?


*** Update: The recipe I used can be found here at foodlibrarian!

8 comments:

  1. my mom used to make these all the time!! they're beautiful :)

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  2. thanks kotomi! don't they remind you of being a kid? how are you? i haven't seen any new posts from you lately, i miss seeing your cookie creations!

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  3. shell, seeing these goodies instantly brought be back to my childhood! Thank you!

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  4. I love this idea! Katie's school is "sugar-free" so it's always so hard to come up with ideas of treats to bring on her birthday. I may try this! Did you just follow the recipe for finger jello? any ideas on making the white layers sugar free?

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  5. hi debbie! wow, sugar free? thats rough! i'll email you the recipe i used. as for making the white layers sugar free, i have seen recipes that use sour cream mixed into a jello layer, but it won't be white (it'll be a pastel version of whatever color jello you use). or maybe you could find a way to use sour cream plus knox plus agave nectar?

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  6. can you post directions please?

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  7. Yes, please post directions! :)

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  8. To be honest, this is something I wouldn't really eat, for dietary reasons. However, I am making a comment to applaud your photos of this jello creation! They are so great!

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