Rainbow Jello is a fun side dish for St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving Dinner. or just a regular Sunday dinner. The flavors of the gelatin come together so perfectly, creating a refreshing compliment to a heavy, comfort meal.
The Famous Rainbow Jello
Rainbow Jello (or 13-layer Jello as it is sometimes called) is a favorite at our house. You see…
My mom was famous for this jello. For nearly every extended family gathering whether it be a baby blessing, reunion, Thanksgiving dinner, or holiday party, relatives would requested that my mom bring her Famous Rainbow Jello.
She happily obliged. Sure, the process to make Rainbow Jello was a bit time-consuming, but it was worth it for the taste and the oohs-and-ahs it would create every.single.time.
Perfect for Special Occasions
Since my mom passed away when I was 15, she can no longer be the famous Rainbow Jello creator. And even though I’m not the biggest Jell-o fan (I only eat it at Thanksgiving and Christmas), I love making Rainbow Jello because I feel closer to her. And by golly, it tastes SO good as a side for Thanksgiving dinner.
Rainbow Jello is a fun side dish for Thanksgiving, family parties, or special holidays or parties including St. Patrick’s Day or a color party.
A Few Disclaimers
I’ll tell you up front, this recipe is not the quickest one in the world. Once you see your beautiful Rainbow Jello creation, you will forget all time time it took.
But, it does take time. This rainbow jello recipe is not hard at all, just a bit time consuming. Plan to make this recipe when you have plenty of time in the kitchen.
The good news…. you can start making this Rainbow Jello a few days before your holiday or party. You can do a layer here and a layer there.
What You Need to Make Rainbow Jello
Ok, first, let’s take a look at how pretty that site is!
You’ll need 6 boxes of Jell-o or flavored gelatin. You can buy Jell-o or the store-brand. It doesn’t matter.
And, if you plan to make a 9×13 pan, you will only need a 3 oz. box of the following flavors: Cherry, Orange, Lemon, Lime, Berry Blue, and Grape.
Tip: I’ve noticed that some big box stores don’t carry Berry Blue gelatin, so be sure to grab some when you see it so you aren’t running around like crazy to find it when you need it!
You’ll also need sour cream or plain greek yogurt, water, and whipping cream or Cool Whip.
Which order should you layer the Jello?
This question is asked often, and truth be told, it doesn’t really matter.
But if you want to stick to the order of a natural rainbow, you should order your layers as follows:
You can easily remember the order by memorizing ROYGBV. Feel free to do the opposite direction, meaning you could start with purple and end with red.
Right before you serve your Jello, add a layer of fresh whipped cream or Cool Whip for the 13th layer!
Here’s the Recipe!