Ruff Draft: St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Jell-o with Gold Chocolate Coins

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Rainbow Jello for St. Patrick's Day

As you know, we love to come up with fun recipes with Jell-0.  This year for St. Patricks Day, my kids are going to get “lucky” and will be getting  St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Jell-o with gold chocolate coins!  You can fill up small cups for multiple people (if throwing a party) or fill up large glass mugs for a festive Irish feel.  Either way, friends & family  will love this adorable treat.

This makes quite a lot of jello, so keep that in mind!
6 flavors Jello, 6 oz size (I used Strawberry, Orange, Lemon, Lime, Berry Blue, Grape)
5 – 1/4oz envelopes Knox Gelatine (Comes in boxes of 4, so two boxes)
2 cans sweetened condensed milk

Creating Rainbow Jello for St. Patrick's Day


1. Make one batch of white gelatin for the white layers. (I made two separate batches, one at the beginning and one half way through).
a.  Bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil over the stove or microwave. In a microwave safe bowl, add water and one can of sweetened condensed milk. Set aside.
b.  Bring 1 1/4 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat. Slowly stir in 2 1/2 packets of Knox Gelatin.
c.  Combine the milk mixture and the gelatin mixture.  Let cool.

Making Rainbow Jell-o

2. Make first colored layer (working backwards, so start with grape)
a.  In a large bowl, add 2 cups boiling water to Jell-o.
b.  In a separate bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups cold water with 1/2 cup ice.
c.  Add icy water to Jell-o.
d.  Let cool to room temperature, by placing in the refrigerator.  As one color would be cooling in the fridge, I would prep the next color (I always had two colors in the fridge at a time)

3.  Begin your layers.
a.  Pour some Jell-o into a measuring cup that has a pouring spout.
b.  Pour Jell-o layer into glass to desired height. Try to reduce bubbles by pouring slowly and wipe away any drips on edge of glass.
c.  Place glasses in the refrigerator or freezer until the layer is set.  (I like to use the freezer to expedite the process… if it gets icy, it won’t hurt it).
d.  After the layer is set, pour a thin layer of the cooled milk/gelatin. Try to eyeball how thick you will need each color plus each white layer so it reaches perfectly to the top.   I kept my white layers about 1/4″ for this glass style.  Place in the refrigerator or freezer until the white layer is set.

4.  Repeat layers until you reach the top (*disclaimer… I may have used photoshop to make my layers look more smooth.. hahaha.  I am not the Jell-o wizard like Maureen is!)
a.  When you run out of white gelatin, make your second batch to continue layers)
***Note:  if the white gelatin solidifies, you can microwave it for 10 seconds at a time to liquefy it.  Make sure you let it cool before pouring it though, or color will bleed.
b. Once you fill glasses with your final color, add a Printable Party Flag or Party Logo from one of our St. Patrick’s Day Collections.
Rainbow jell-o for St. Patrick's day
Set your rainbows in a pot of  gold chocolate coins for the final touch!!!
Rainbow jello in a pot of gold
Don’t forget to check out our other St. Patrick’s Day Collections in the shop!

1 Comment

  1. Interesting to use sweetened condensed milk for the white layers. Rainbow jello has been a Thanksgiving tradition for my family for more than 30 years. But instead of a white layer, we just divide each package of jello and add sour cream to half to make a cloudy layer of each color. For example – clear black cherry then cloudy black cherry, clear cherry, then cloudy cherry, etc. And we make it in a big 10×13 pyrex instead of individual glasses….I can only imagine how long this would take! But it is super cute. 🙂

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