These layered rainbow jello cups are fun to make and even more fun to eat! They’re a delicious after-school snack, and they’ll make the perfect addition to your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!
Jello is a fun dessert that can be made into so many delicious treats. In addition to these adorable rainbow Jell-o cups, we love to use Jello to make Jello Cookies and this fun Jello Filled Citrus.
Rainbow Jello Cups
These rainbow Jell-O treats are always a hit with my kids! And you can’t beat the cost, right? The small packages are around a dollar a box and I was able to get about 10 small glasses of rainbow Jell-O with all the different colors!
The total time to make these treats is several hours, but it’s only several minutes of hands-on time.
They’re really easy to make, but if you’re trying to make these in the morning for an after-school snack like I was, you really have to plan your day around Jell-O. It takes less than 5 minutes to boil, mix and pour each color, but the longest part is waiting in between each layer for it to set, which takes about an hour in the fridge for each color.
How To Make Rainbow Jello
- 6 boxes of Jell-O in different colors and flavors – Don’t use unflavored gelatin for this recipe. Flavor suggestions are listed below.
- water + ice
- clear cups – I used disposable cups to cut down on the dishes I’d have to wash – especially if you’re using these for a party!
There are a TON of Jello flavors available –
- red – cherry, raspberry, strawberry, watermelon
- orange – orange, peach
- yellow – lemon
- green – lemon-lime
- blue – blueberry, blue raspberry
- purple – grape, black cherry
- Red is the first color of the rainbow, so we will start with red! Follow the directions on the box of red Jell-O – boiling hot water on the stove, and adding the packet gelatin powder. Stir until dissolved. I used the “quicker method” the box refers to, using a cup of cold water and ice to speed up the process
- Pour a small amount of the jello mixture into each clear plastic cup, then refrigerate until the liquid has set completely.
- Repeat step 1 with the orange Jell-O.
- Pour a small amount on top of the red layer Jell-O.
- Refrigerate until it has set and then repeat each step again until you have a jello layer of every color of the rainbow – yellow, green, blue, and purple.
- Once all your layers are looking pretty, add some whipped cream and sprinkles! Vanilla yogurt also tastes great if you prefer that instead!
Tip For Making Rainbow Jello
- Just be sure to mix one color at a time and let it set completely before you add the next color on top. If it hasn’t set, the colors will bleed together and mess up your rainbow.
How Long Can Jello Be In the Refrigerator
Jello can be stored in the refrigerator for 7-10 days before you’ll need to throw it out. I know it can take some time to make rainbow jello, so if you want to split the preparation over a couple of days, it will be totally fine.
Make Jell-O cups for every season and celebration!
- Orange and Black Cherry for Halloween
- Cherry and Lemon-Lime for Christmas
- Watermelon and Strawberry for Valentines Day
- Strawberry and Blue Raspberry for 4th of July
More Fun St. Patrick’s Day Recipes
- Green St. Patrick’s Day Drink – Shamrock Floats
- St. Patrick’s Day Parfait
- Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
- Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip
Rainbow Jello Recipe
These treats are a perfect way to celebrate with your friends and family! Leave us a comment below and let us know how much you liked them or tag us on social media because we would love to see how you celebrated St. Patrick’s Day!
Easy Rainbow Jello Recipe
- 1 box of each color of Jell-O
- Whipped cream
- Follow the directions on the box of red Jell-O
- I used the “quicker method” the box refers to, using ice to speed up the process
- Pour a small amount of the liquid into each cup
- Refrigerate until it has set completely
- Continue with the next color of the rainbow
- Add a small amount on top of your first color
- Refrigerate until it has set and then repeat each step again until you have used every color of the rainbow
- Once all your layers are looking pretty, add some whipped cream and sprinkles!
Cannot wait to make this layered jello with my kiddos. They are going to love it. Thanks so much for sharing.
You’re welcome! Let me know how they turn out.
I made these last year and they were a hit! My kids will be so excited to see them again this year!
Thanks Pam, so glad to hear they were so popular!
These are too fun! I’ve got to make these.
Love, love, love the vibrant colors!! Such a fun treat to celebrate. I know my kids are going to love them.
These are very cute and colorful! So perfect for a party or a St. Paddy’s Day buffet! Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and thank you for sharing at Celebrate It!
These are GORGEOUS! I wish my family liked Jell-o…because I’d love to try these.
Thanks Haley! 🙂
Great pictures! Couldn't help but notice you mentioned learning how to use your nice camera.
LOOKS yummy! Great for a party! Lezlee
So pretty and jewel like! I actually love jello, but can't stand grape!
What a fun treat for kids!
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I might have to try this one day.
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The fam would love these. I'll have to give it a try when I know I'll be home all day.
Ok so for some reason i can't figure out how to email you and I seem to have lost the family recipe. Although I have learned in the last few days it's not such a big secret! If you google rainbow jello with sour cream you'll get a few different recipes.
Yes sour cream! That's the secret! I don't know the exact measurements but the basic idea is to mix a jello pack with about 1 1/2 or so cups of cold water, pour about half in a bunt cake pan chill till more of a solid keep left over mixture cold in smaller bowl so it won't thicken as fast then add about 1/3 cup sour cream to it and layer on top of first layer. And continue with each color. When you're done and flip it upside down on a flat platter you'll have a rainbow of red then creamy red then orange and creamy orange and so on….the colors don't blend like together anymore! Hope you like it! If I ever find the exact recipe I'll let ya know!
Sorry for the long comment again I couldn't find your email.
These look so cool! now looking at these, Jello doesn't make a blueberry do they?? Love it!!
I love this idea
that is such a great idea!! I love jello treats!
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This is a great idea, Thanks 🙂
I'm not a huge jello fan but this looks delicious!
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If you mix in unflavored gelatin it will cut down on the time so much. There are several sites that tell you how.
Those look great! You could always make leftovers in a big clear bowl instead of using all your glasses. But who doesn't love eating out of parfait glasses right? Also, next time you take pictures, make sure the light from the window is behind you and not the subject. Should make things much brighter.
ooo I love anything rainbow. I'll be making that for DD's first birthday which will be a rainbow party. Its still pretty far away though
That is way too much fun!
What a great idea! Thanks… you are adding more and more to my 'to do; list…LOL.
Have a great day!
Love this idea! So cute. I think I will make these for St. Patrick's day desert.
I just lightened the picture for you and emailed it back to you if you want to trade it out. 🙂
A very cute idea!!
This is such a fun idea! I love how you made the single servings in individual cups – I actually wrote a similar post on DIY JELL-O cups (http://www.theunchaotic.com/2010/02/26/diy-jell-o-cups/) and I think we have the same cups…from IKEA? Haha 🙂 Anyways, thanks for sharing this idea, I love the rainbow colors!
Those are so cute!! I LOVE them in the individual glasses! As for the red/orange looking the same….check your email. I'll share a family secret with you! =)
ok, that is the coolest thing! Kate is totally obsessed with rainbows lately, and has always had an unhealthy love for jello. can't wait to make these, she'll freak!
I love how it looks in the clear glasses.
I made something similar last year, rainbow jelly jigglers and it was a big hit. I was worried that with all the different flavors it might not end up tasting ver good, but it was delicious and we ended up eating all of it.
User Jayme on Cut Out and Keep made a version of the jigglers using red, yellow, blue and a packet of unflavored and put whipped cream on the top for the clouds, which I thought was a cool idea.