I promised when I first got my camera to do a demo of the making of this Jello mold. I even bought the Jello. After I missed making it in time for Easter I just kept putting it off. Last night, months later, I finally decided to tackle this project. It is difficult to do a demo like this without a cameraman, but I did my best.
I discovered the recipe on this eGullet thread. It is an adaptation of Jello's Rainbow Ribbon Mold, done by Rachel Perlow. She took their recipe and made it more rainbowy. Her avatar is a section of this mold and I have always been fascinated by it. I knew the kids would love the real thing so I followed her recipe for Easter year before last. It was a hit.
Rachel's recipe is wonderful, so I am posting a link to it along with some of my pictures from last night.
You use seven boxes of Jello. The bottom layer, the top off the mold, is made of two boxes of your favorite color. Rachel uses red and so do I because it is my favorite color/flavor. Then you have the other 5 colors, remember ROY G BIV? First you place your Jello in separate cups and prepare your pan.
Then you add boiling water to the cups and take advantage of child labor to do the stirring.
Now you get to add your first layer. You add half the purple to the pan and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
You add yogurt, cool whip, sour cream, etc. to the other half of your purple. The last five minutes or so before the first layer is ready you place the light purple in the fridge to thicken. When the first layer is set but still tacky you pour the light purple over the dark purple. It is important not to wait too long. If the layers are too set they might separate later when you cut into them.
You can use a spoon to deflect the stream of Jello when you are pouring on a new layer. This helps it not break through the last layer. I usually do not bother though, I just hope for the best. Now you continue with this process, working your way through the colors.
After the light red layer you are done! Now you just need to refrigerate it over night. The next day fill a bowl with hot water. Carefully dip the pan into the hot water for about 10 seconds. Do not let any water get in the pan, and do not hold it too long or you will melt too much of the outside. Place a platter over the pan and flip. You will hear it release. If it does not, dip it in the water for a few more seconds.
Then you get to admire your handiwork.
This one isn't quite as pretty as my last one. I think I was a little more relaxed. Oh well, the kids still love it!