Lucky Rainbow Jello

We don’t usually do much around our house to “celebrate” St. Patrick’s Day… but I figure that any day I can eat something rainbow colored, with a chocolate coin on top is a good day in my book!

I’ve posted Rainbow Jello before, in fact it’s one of my favorite (and most popular) posts.  This is simply a mini version, dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day with a chocolate gold coin.

~ How to Make Rainbow Jello ~

You’ll need 1 small box of jello in each color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple).

1 large container of cool whip (you may use sour cream or yogurt in place of the cool whip).

You might notice I skipped yellow for these because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to fit 6 colors in these small glasses.  The glasses shown are 5 oz. juice glasses, you’ll have to make adjustments as needed depending on the size of glasses you use.

Follow these directions for each layer…

Chose the color you want on the bottom (in this case purple).  Dissolve jello as directed on the box using the “quick chill” method (which includes some ice).  Once dissolved, pour the liquid into your glasses, reserving about 1/3 of the jello liquid.  Put all of the glasses in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes, until jello is slightly set.  Mix about 1/3 cup cool whip (sour cream or yogurt) into the remaining jello liquid.  Pour cool whip/jello mixture on top of partially set first layer.  Place all cups in the refrigerator and allow to set (at least 15-30 minutes) while you mix the next color.

Repeat process with each color, allowing each layer to set 15-30 minutes before adding another layer.  The total process will take several hours.

Top the finished rainbow jello with a dollop of cool whip, or whipped cream and add a chocolate gold coin.

 Have a sweet and colorful week!


  1. Such a cute idea. My kids went nuts seeing the photos.

  2. We had this at our wedding shower some 27 years ago and how the recipe has changed (for the better and easier). The recipe that our family has is not with Cool-Whip except for the very top layer and the layers in between were sour cream and clear gelatin. Obviously, not quite as tasty as the revamped recipe!!! Thanks for sharing, I will be "updating" my files! LOL!

  3. Where did you get the chocolate gold coins?

  4. SUPER CUTE!!!! Wish I wasn't busy that weekend or I would so make these! I guess I'll have to wait until next year.

  5. actually this is not Adia – this is amy.

  6. Mmmmmm. This looks great. I usually do like to do something for St. Patrick's Day. Perhaps I will give this a try. I love you.

  7. Oh, these are just way too cute! Definitely making these for St Pattys Day.

    One question, after pouring the jello/cool whip mixture on top of the jello layer, do the glasses go back to the fridge or do I pour in the new color jello?

  8. Wonderful idea for St Patrick! TY!

  9. Geez, i love anything rainbow. This is so adorable.

  10. What is cool whip? It's not available in the UK so could you use heavy cream instead?

  11. STOP IT!

    JUST STOP IT!!!!!!

    I wish this was my idea because it is FABULOUS.

    And I will make it.
    I do everything you do.
    I want to be you :-)

  12. What a wonderfully cute idea! And, beautiful presentation :)

  13. How cute! What a fun spin on your original :)

  14. These are stunning! What a cute selection of colours.

  15. You always have the best ideas, love it!!!

  16. Beautiful presentation!

  17. Although, it is time consuming, it is so worth it. They are beauties.

  18. wow those are pretty and would be fun for our home school. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I tried making rainbow jello once.. it was NOT pretty. Maybe if I tried smaller glasses it would be easier?

  20. These are so awesome – what a great idea!

  21. I love these, Glory! The gold coin on top really seals the deal.

  22. thank you for making this much more approachable!! I'm gonna try this, this week!!!

  23. These are so adorable. My moms birthday is St. Patrick's Day so I've been looking for cute food ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  24. A showstopper! What a fun treat to dig your spoon into!

  25. Wow! This is so creative, with the different colors and the coin-like chocolate! It looks so tasty that you want to grab a bite of it when you see it! Haha!

  26. My daughter's birthday theme this year is ''rainbows'' I LOVE your jello rainbow!

    Do you think you could share it over at The DIY Dreamer :) It would make my day :)

  27. adorable Glory!!

    Thanks for linking up to I'm Lovin It! I featured your post in my wrap up!

    Have a great weekend!

  28. Ohhhh that is sooo pretty!

  29. Just stopping by to let you know that I've featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
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  30. These are beautiful and you are talented. I decided to make these for my daughters Rainbow Birthday. I made these along with other things I thought would be not too hard. What did I discover? I am not Martha Stewart. My desserts look nothing like yours. The whipped topping was messy and separated from the jello smearing my glasses. I showed my husband your pictures of the rainbow dessert after he saw mine and we both burst out laughing. I admire talented people like you and I suppose I can vicariously read your blog imagining for a brief moment that I too am talented. But alas its a dream and I suppose I better admit defeat and just buy premade delights from talented people like you.


    • This dessert does take quite a bit of time and patience. Don’t give up! Kepp trying baking and decorative food projects, and you will certainly improve!

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  36. These are beautiful. About how many cups did you fill with a box of each colored Jell-O?

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  38. D you think this would work in clear plastic cups? I’d like to try it for my sons preschool snack. Thanks!

  39. How many glasses did you use for this recipe?

  40. Love that PBT is now posting more of your pics AND linking back to you! You must be getting lots more views now, how exciting Glory! Congrats!

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  44. I made these in plastic cups for my preschooler’s snack day. They were a huge hit! I sent in a book about rainbows with the snack too! Some tips for others: #1: mixing the whip cream with some of the liquid jello (a step i skipped at first) makes it easier to spread in between the colored jello layers. I also started using a cake decorating tool for layering the whip cream for the last few layers and those looked a lot better than the first few layers. #2: yes- these do take several hours so I did 3 layers on day one and 3 on day two but don’t forget you can use the quick set method! Just be sure to let EACH layer(including the CREAM layer) to set for at least 20 minutes! #3: be sure the whip cream layer covers the entire jello layer and has chilled for 20 minutes BEFORE adding the next jello layer. My first attempt was not pretty b/c I tried to rush this step! Hope this helps! Thanks for your beautiful pics! They were an inspiration!

  45. Also- for those who asked- I filled 20 plastic cups- the cups flared out at the top so one box of purple and blue at the bottom was enough but I needed two boxes of the other colors since the cups got wider at the top. I also used one large tub if whip cream.

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  48. What a great way to kick off St. Patrick’s Day ideas, and provide some inspiration for me! I think I’ll feature this on my blog this morning! I hope you’ll stop by, and visit. Thank you for sharing such a fun idea!

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  60. I found that it made it much easier to put make all the jello flavors and then put each in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes before using that color. It partially sets up and makes the process much easier. Then I take some of the partially set up and put the whip cream in it and then let it all set 10-15 min before moving on to the next layer.

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