Mom’s Jello of Many Colors

My work had its annual company picnic on Tuesday and we were all encouraged to bring food.  I immediately thought of my mom’s rainbow finger jello and called her up for the recipe.  This fun dish is always a hit with the crowd and is perfect for picnics!

 My mom found the recipe years ago in some magazine and it’s become quite a favorite, so I thought I’d share it with all of you lovely readers!  This recipe does take quite a while to make, so be sure to set aside enough time to have this done before it needs to be served.

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Rainbow Finger Jello

Approx. time needed: 4 hours


4 small boxes of Jello (not the big boxes, the smaller ones) in colors of your choice
6 packets of Knox Original Gelatin (my store carries boxes that hold 4 packets, so I have to buy 2 boxes)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Hot water
13.5″ x 9.5″ glass dish (must be this size or the layers will not be the right thickness)

Take the glass dish and coat the inside with Pam spray.  Take a paper towel and evenly distribute the grease while absorbing the extra.  This will prevent the jello from sticking.

Decide what order you want the colors and begin!

Mix 1 cup hot water with 1 packet gelatin and 1 packet Jello; stir until dissolved.  Pour the first layer of liquid into the glass dish and set on an even surface in the fridge (really make sure it’s even or your layers will come out wonky!).  The first layer will take about 45 minutes to an hour to set.

White you’re waiting, prepare the mixture for the white layers:

Pour and scrape out the can of condensed milk into a medium/large mixing bowl. Then add 1 cup hot water and mix until thoroughly combined.  Set aside.

Mix together 1 cup of hot water and 2 packets gelatin and stir until dissolved.  Then add to the bowl of condensed milk and stir by hand with a whisk until fully mixed.  Set aside to cool, but stir it through the process to keep it from setting.  If it does start to firm up, stick it in the microwave until it’s back to liquid.

Once the first layer of jello is firm, take it out of the fridge and gently pour 1 cup of the white mixture evenly over the top.  Return to the fridge and let it set up for about 20-30 minutes.

As soon as you’ve put the dish back to cool, start mixing up the next layer of Jello exactly like you did the first layer (1 cup hot water+1 packet gelatin+1 packet Jello=stir until dissolved).  By doing this as soon as you can, it gives the hot Jello liquid enough time to cool off so it doesn’t melt the layer that you pour it on.  Once the white layer is firm, pour the Jello and stick back in the fridge.

Then just repeat each step (color jello+white+color+white+color) until all ingredients are used up!  The first layer takes the longest, but each layer after that sets up within 30 minutes.

Once all layers have been poured, it’s best to keep it in the fridge a couple hours just to ensure that everything is solid.  Then cut into squares and enjoy!

It’s fun to get creative with the colors, too!  Red, white, and blue layers are perfect for a patriotic holiday.  And it’s also fun to eat.  You can bite right through all the layers and taste the rainbow (hee hee), or peel them off one by one and savor each flavor on its own.  Either way, I guarantee these won’t last long :)


2 Comments to “Mom’s Jello of Many Colors”

  1. You left out a step in your jello recipe: after you empty the condensed milk into a bowl, add a cup of hot water and stir. (Then add the water/gelatin mixture to that.) Basically, you left out one cup of hot water from the white layer. Did you have enough when you made your layers? Must’ve!!

    • I can’t remember! I did have enough, so I must have added that water. Anyway, thanks for adding that! I’ll go back and edit the post.

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