Jell-o has become one of the iconic American consumer products. Its crystalline clarity, vivid colors and uncomplicated flavors make it a versatile complement to other desserts, or it can be used as the basis for elaborate desserts in its own right. Creative cooks can fashion visually striking desserts or salads by inserting fruit or vegetables into half-set Jell-o -- it has thickened but not yet become firm. It can also be layered at that stage to create a simple but visually appealing dessert.
Things You'll Need
- Jell-o gelatin powder, two or more colors
- Boiling water
- Ice cubes
- Jelly mold or individual dessert dishes
Boil 3/4 cup of water. Add the first Jell-o mix and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
Add 1/2 cup of ice cubes. Stir them into the Jell-o until they have melted and the Jell-o is quite cool to the touch.
Pour the first color of Jell-o into your mold or individual dessert dishes. Refrigerate until the gelatin is set but not firm to the touch -- approximately 5 to 10 minutes for individual dishes or up to 15 minutes in a mold.
Boil more water and prepare the second color of gelatin while the first is cooling in the refrigerator. Use boiling water and ice cubes, as previously directed. Once cooled, pour the second color gently over the first, making a second layer in the mold or dessert dish.
Repeat, until you've reached the desired number and arrangement of colored layers. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or until completely set.
Tips & Warnings
- Make white layers by preparing unflavored gelatin with condensed milk or sour cream.
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