Taste the Rainbow… Jello!

For quite some time I’ve had THE rainbow cake on my “to bake” list, but so far I haven’t found the time or right excuse to make it.  But after the ridiculously weird and rainy weather recently, I just needed to make something fun and colorful.  So I headed to the store, and bought six boxes of jello and some cool whip, and made rainbow jello!  This is a bit of an all day project, but in general is quite easy and produces an eye catching dessert!  Obviously, the same general concept could be use with other color combinations… red, white and blue, school colors, team colors, you name it!  If you want to do red “white” and blue, since there is no white jello, use lemon jello mixed with cool whip as the “white” layer, as I did HERE)

~ How to make rainbow jello ~

You’ll need one small box of jello for each color you want… so in this case, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. And one large tub of cool whip.

Prepare purple (or whatever color you want on the bottom) jello as directed, using the “quick chill” method, meaning add some ice.  Pour jello into glasses, (or a 9’x13′ baking dish sprayed lightly with cooking spray), reserving about 1/3 of the liquid jello.  Put glasses, or dish in the refrigerator and chill for 15-30 minutes, or until slightly set.  Mix about 1/3 cup of cool whip into the remaining purple jello.  Pour the jello/cool whip mixture on top of the slightly set purple jello already in the glasses (or dish).

Repeat process for each color.

I’ve seen recipes that use sour cream, or yogurt in place of the cool whip, so feel free to do that if it saves you a trip to the store  =)

Once set, top with some additional cool whip and sprinkles if desired.

Have a delicious and colorful day!


  1. Looks so pretty and tastefull :3

  2. I love it!

    I think I'd prefer to make the rainbow cake.

  3. These are so beautiful, Glory! : )

  4. my kids just saw this and their little jaws dropped! 🙂 awesome. they think it looks magical. i might have to try to make it myself(however, i don't think mine will turn out as pretty as yours-lol)

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  5. Wow this is impressive!! they look beautiful.

  6. WOW those are bright!! Love them ~ thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  7. I am in love with this dessert! i may even take a few days off from cookies to make these for our family reunion!!! You are amazing!

  8. You just brightened up my day with your gorgeous photos and striking jellies. I'll have to hide this from my daughter o/w I'll be nagged into making them for her!

  9. love how this looks! 🙂

  10. I love it! A must-make for the munchkins!

  11. These are so summery and I can just imagine how much fun it would be to eat through each one of those delicious flavors! What a fabulous summer dessert!


  12. pretty pretty pretty!

  13. I love it and it is just beautiful!
    Gonna give it a try. Thanks :>)

  14. Love this! It is so pretty! We are an online magazine for women and our next issue- (July/Aug) is about the colors of summer. Would you let us publish this awesome post as a story with links back to you? Let me know please. Our readers would love it!


  15. What a beautiful dessert! I'm a new follower. 🙂


  16. turned out beautifully! It actually would save a bit of time to use cool whip over the sour cream (that is the method I do). There is something about the taste of the sour cream layer that the kids really love. I'll have to try it this way and see what they think. Oh and for sure I will be making it in individual glasses next time as well. Much more of an eye candy that way!

  17. Just to add another variation, my grandmother made this for us and would make up each layer of jello using the 1 cup of boiling water, but instead of using the ice/cold water, she would use 1 cup of ice cream. Then in between each layer she would use a very small amount of sweetened sour cream. She made it in an extra large (10×15?) pyrex baking pan which made each layer very thin. I love the idea of the individual glasses! This treat is a family favorite and worth the extra effort it takes!

  18. PS… forgot to clarify that she used Vanilla Ice Cream – – not sure how it would taste with other flavors.

  19. Whata fabulous creation you've shared with us!! The colour is so fun

  20. So cute. Love it

  21. I've only made this in a large container, I love the individual servings!!

  22. Fabulous!
    (The photos are stunning!)

  23. stunning – my kids would love it!

  24. Completely gorgeous!!!! I have never wanted Jello so bad!

  25. This is just too pretty to eat!! Gorgeous. I just want to sit and look at it. All day. Is that weird?

  26. WOW! These look so awesome!


  27. I'm bookmarking these now! Just beautiful! And they look so yummy. And easy enough for me. Thanks!

  28. incredible… this is amazing!

  29. These are gorgeous! I'm going to have to try that someday!

  30. These are incredible! Impeccable photos and phenomenal presentation!

  31. These looks delightful. I can't wait to try them myself sometime soon.

  32. Oh my goodness, Glory! These are so fun but elegant all at the same time. You did an incredible job on these, and the best part? The rainbow sprinkles! Gorgeous photos too. Love!

  33. These are soooo pretty! They would definitely cheer up any gloomy day! Love you!

  34. I have always loved rainbow jello, but the cute parfait cups and the sprinkles make it 100 times more fun!

  35. This looks just gorgeous. Absolutely magical…and I'm not even a fan of jello, but I want this! 😉

  36. Wow, these look amazing! Wonderful job!
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  37. Those look amazing! That would brighten anyones day thats for sure!

  38. Wow, that is so beautiful! I have a thing for rainbows (perhaps it's because I teach Kindergarten!) and anything like this catches my eye. Beautiful pictures…I could even make this with my class.

  39. Oh these are so happy, so much fun!

  40. decided to go with a rainbow theme for my daughter's beach party!! I love these and pinned you at http://pinterest.com/tangojuliet7/parties/

    Love your delectable treats!!

  41. This reminds me of my mother! She was always doing fun things with jello and whipped cream. Thanks – I'm definitely going to make this for my family!

  42. This is so cool! I have a feeling mine would never turn out that good if I attempted 🙂

  43. Wow. Looks too pretty to eat. But what the heck . Dig in.

  44. This looks so good! I can't wait to try it!!

  45. I'm attempting these as I type and I botched the blue and purple. How do you pour the next layer onto the cool whip without the coolwhip floating to the top? Help please! If you get this soon, I would so greatly appreciate an email from anyone who can help! kayteedids at gmail dot com Thanks!!

  46. Kayteedids- Each layer should be at least slighly firm and settled before adding the next layer. It sound like you just need to let the cool whip layer firm up more before adding the next colored layer.

  47. You're so talented. These look beautiful. I bet your children loved them 🙂

  48. I am writing a post using a picture of your lovely jello. It will be published sometime next week! Let me know if there are any problems with that 🙂

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