Rainbow Jello Recipe Collection

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How gorgeous is this little dessert? If you’ve been intimidated at the thought of trying to make it, this rainbow jello recipe collection will show you it’s not as hard as it looks (although it is time-consuming). Kids love it, and kids at heart love it, too.

You have several options for how to make this dessert. They all come out gorgeous, so you can choose based on how much time you have or your personal preferences.

If you decide this dessert is just too much work, check out our collection of easy to make dessert recipes.

Rainbow Jello Recipe Collection

Rainbow Jello is less of a recipe and more of a tutorial. For the most part, you’re just making jello in layers instead of all in one big batch. But there’s a little more to it than that, and a couple of ways to go about it.

Collage of rainbow Jell-O dishes

White layers, or not?

As you see in my pictures, you can make it with white layers of unflavored gelatin colored with evaporated milk in between each of the colored jello layers. This looks gorgeous, but it also looks good to have just the layers of color.

The second way of doing it is much easier because there are fewer layers. Each layer takes about 30 minutes to set, so if your short on time, I’d skip the white layers.

  • Rainbow jello with white layers in between, from MustHaveMom. This detailed tutorial tells you everything you need to know.
  • The simplest rainbow jello recipe from Food.com. Just layers of color, one on top of another.
  • A third method involving sour cream or yogurt. In this method, you pour half a colored layer of Jello, and then whisk the sour cream or yogurt into the other half to get a lighter colored, opaque layer. It’s sort of in between the other two methods, and just as pretty.

The technique

Basically, you’re making a layer of jello in a glass pan, putting it in the fridge to let it set, and preparing the next layer so you can pour it once the first has set. Rinse, lather, repeat until you have all the layers you want.

Cubes, cups or something?

You use the same methods and ingredients whether you make it as individual cups, or in a pan to be cut later, or any other shape. Any recipe will work with any container.

No matter which method or style you pick, this is always a fun dessert that most everyone enjoys.