Rainbow Jello

This year for John’s 5th annual Easy Breezy Birthday Brunch I made one of the more difficult and beautiful jello creations, the Rainbow Jello mold.  This classic favorite is compromised of 10 layers and 5 different flavors, each with a clear fruity layer and a creamy opaque layer of sweetened condensed milk.  As you can see, John loved it and so did everyone else. The recipe for this can be found in a preview of my new book. Happy Birthday John and congratulations on another successful Easy Breezy!

  • 6 1/4  cups boiling water
  • 5 (3-ounce) packages flavored gelatin in 5 different colors
  • 1 1/4  cups (14-ounce can) sweetened condensed milk

In a small bowl, add 1 1/4 cups of the boiling water to 1 package of the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, then pour 3/4 cup of the dissolved gelatin mixture into a 7-cup mold. Refrigerate until set but not firm (about 15 minutes). Add 3 tablespoons of the sweetened condensed milk to the remaining gelatin and stir until the mixture is smooth. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, then pour over the clear gelatin layer in the mold. Refrigerate until set but not firm (about 15 minutes).

In a small bowl, add 1 1/4 cups of the boiling water to 1 package of the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, then pour 3/4 cup of the dissolved gelatin mixture into a 7-cup mold. Refrigerate until set but not firm (about 15 minutes). Add 3 tablespoons of the sweetened condensed milk to the remaining gelatin and stir until the mixture is smooth. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, then pour over the clear gelatin layer in the mold. Refrigerate until set but not firm (about 15 minutes).

Repeat the process for each flavor to create 10 layers, 1 clear and 1 opaque layer of all 5 Jell-O colors. Remember that the gelatin must cool to room temperature or cooler before spooning it over the layer already in the mold. It may be best to use 2 small bowls for each flavor, one for the clear and one for the opaque gelatin to cool in before pouring each into the mold. Have 2 additional small bowls on hand so you can begin to prepare the next flavor layers while the preceding layer is cooling.

Refrigerate the finished mold until firm. Unmold and serve.

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22 Responses

  1. Casey

    I heard you on Splendid Table yesterday, and you inspired me to pick up some jello molds at the thrift store. I can’t wait to start creating molds based on my favorite cocktails. Thank you!

      1. Ajay

        We have always used plain yogurt to make the opaque layers when making Rainbow Jello. When we’ve made this over the years it is always a big hit with the guests and I agree that it disappears much too fast.

  2. This is my favorite jello dessert. Time consuming but well worth it. Its great to make when you have housecleaning to do. In between the layers- you clean. My one problem with this dessert is it disappears far too fast.

  3. Deana

    Love your blog. I stumbled on it looking for one recipe but was totally inspired by your rainbow mold. So cool! Do I just add 2 tablespoons of condensed milk for each opague layer? I have all the jello and I’m ready to go but wanted to double check as all the recipes I found show yogurt, sour cream or cool whip and I really want to try the condensed milk.

    Thanks for any help and for the inspiration!

  4. Ann Wilson

    This is the best looking jello mold thing I have ever seen. ! Congratulations. They should make you an honorary Morman. I went to the Jello Museum in Salt Lake City during the Olympics. I think I have an Olympic pin with Jello on it. In the old days I had a Tupperware jello mold that made many combinations. Do you ever make tomato aspic?

      1. Ajay

        Just a fun side note, Utah is said to use a lot of jello (mostly green). This is correct and not correct. The hospitals in Utah use a ton of green jello and the individual people not so much, and rarely green. Though many of the Utah people who do use jello are Mormon!
        I sometimes like to mix two jello flavors together then at dinner we see who can guess first what flavors were used.

  5. I heard you on Splendid Table (rebroadcast) Rainbow Jello is a holiday table tradition for my family, but this year I want to switch it up a bit. I’m a fan of using sweetened condensed milk over sour cream. Also, when you say “bottom 3 colors” are you referring to the “top three colors” before you flip the mold out of the pan or the bottom three layers IN the pan?

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