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Make a jello mold: A retro rainbow dessert

I made this fabulous Jell-O mold dessert recently, and it was the biggest hit at the potluck I attended! What does this tell me? People still love the super colorful wiggly stuff after all these years (it’s been around since 1895). Also, molded gelatin — once thought of as a “vintage dessert” — is still as popular as ever! Here’s how to make a Jell-O bundt dessert of your very own.

One great thing about this recipe is that it can easily be adapted for any holiday! Use red, whitish (Jell-O’s pina colada flavor will work for white) and blue gelatin for the Fourth of July or Memorial Day; Red and green for Christmas, a pastel rainbow of colors for spring holidays, etc. (Check out the Jell-O flavor finder for all their shades and flavors!)

You’ll need:

Jello Bundt

1 bundt pan (nice and smooth inside is best)
5 different colors of gelatin
1 8-ounce container of lowfat vanilla yogurt


How to make your rainbow gelatin mold:

Step 1: Start with the color you want to appear on your bundt’s “top.” Pour 1-1/4 cups of hot water into the Jell-O powder to thoroughly dissolve. Pour half of the liquid into your bundt pan and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Step 2: Meanwhile, chill the other half of the Jell-O liquid for 5 minutes. Then, add 3 tablespoons of vanilla yogurt to the reserved Jell-O. Stir until the yogurt is completely mixed in (no white bumps).

Step 3: When the first half of the Jello has chilled for 15 minutes, add the Jell-O/yogurt mixture on top in the bundt pan. (It is just barely “set,” so do not pour too vigorously; it may be easiest to gently spoon the yogurty Jell-O on top.) Chill for 15-20 minutes. Now you have a “clear” layer and a “cloudy” layer of the first flavor/color.

While the above is chilling, prepare your next color. Repeat steps 1-3 until you’ve completed all of the jello layers (5 colors, 10 layers in total!). Chill the gelatin layers all together in the bundt mold for at least 2 hours, and until you’re ready to serve.

To unmold:

Fill the sink with a few inches of hot water. Dip the outside of the bundt pan in the water for a couple of seconds. This will melt the outside of the jello’s bundt pan just enough so that it can slide out of the mold. Put a plate over the top, and then invert the jelly mold onto the plate. Enjoy your groovy rainbow treat!

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Tip: this Jell-O bundt would be yummy served with whipped topping, either from a can or from a tub.

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