Rainbow Jello a No Bake Dessert

Rainbow Jello

I’m not sure why it is, but my kids love any kind of dessert that comes in a fancy cup topped with whip cream and this treat couldn’t be easier. All you need is Jello and yogurt or sour cream, and voila’ you have fun, beautiful, delicious “Rainbow Jello”. My Mom makes this for holidays special for my hubby, he can eat the whole bowl himself and is disappointed if it’s not at our family gatherings.

Rainbow Jello

For those of you who don’t know, I am an extreme couponer and Jello is on of those free things I get and with so many kids eating at our home it’s a welcomed end to a great meal. It does require you setting a timer, just to remind yourself of when it’s time to add another layer of jello. You can go about your normal routine stopping long enough to pour on more jello and then continue on with the rest of your meal preparation. I was making this one Thanksgiving night eve and was so tired I decided to just close my eyes on the couch for a while and wait for another layer to set up. Well, I woke up in the middle of the night panic stricken because I was supposed to be staying awake to make Jello. From that day on if I need to take a break and go somewhere I remember to stop at the even number of layers and I can pick right up where I left off with no damage done.

Rainbow Jello a No Bake Dessert

I think it’s such a pretty dessert and it’s great to take to parties everyone, especially kids, marvel at all the colors and flavors. You can print the recipe below if you’d like to give it a try, it would be great to make for any dinner.


Rainbow Jello
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  1. 1 small box of jello per layer choose colors and flavors to suit your needs.
  2. 1/3 C sour cream, vanilla yogurt, or plain yogurt per box of jello.
  1. Add one cup boiling water to 1 small box jello. Stir till disolved. Place 1/3c sour cream, vanilla yogurt, or plain yogurt in a bowl add 1 cup of the jello to the sour cream and whisk till creamy. Add creamy layer to serving dish. Chill in fridge for 20 minutes. Once set add remaining jello to the serving dish. Chill 20 minutes. Continue this process with all your jello flavors. Top with whip cream or leave plain.
  1. I like vanilla yogurt best but I use whatever I have in the fridge at the time.
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  1. Dawn,
    What a fun desert. Thanks for the recipe. It is fun to do something a little different that looks pretty and also tastes great.

    1. Carol you are the second person to say they don’t like Jello, I have never heard of that before.

  2. Ha-Crazy the things that send us into a panic….
    This is so pretty, I’ve not seen this many layers of Jello before.
    It reminds me of a summer top I once had!

    1. Kim, so funny that it reminds you of a top. It is so pretty, to pretty to eat.

  3. Like Carol, I don’t usually care for jello, but this looks soo fun and yummy! 🙂

    1. Susan, what not like jello how can that be? LOL

  4. It is a beautiful dessert Dawn. Does your site save name, email and website information? Or maybe I am doing something incorrect as I am having to enter this each time I comment. xo, Olive

    1. Olive, I guess I don’t know if it saves the information. I have never tried to leave a comment without being signed in, I will have to check into it.

  5. Thank you, Dawn I got rid of my Jello cookbook years ago and forgot to write this down. I have a huge flat bowl and am going to try this for a potluck. What a great way to clear out my cupboard.

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