When I saw these rainbow Jello Easter eggs on Pinterest I had to give them a try. I decided I didn't want to buy six colors of Jello for all the colors of the rainbow, so I just used the Jello I already had.
I have to warn you, though. These eggs are very time consuming to make. You need to make them the day before you plan to serve them to give them plenty of time to set. It took me 2-3 hours to make the eggs, and then it takes several more hours for them to set.
Don't let that stop you from making them. They ARE worth the effort, and your kids and grandkids will love them. They are so colorful!
The idea for these eggs came from the original Jello Rainbow Ribbon Mold recipe, on the Kraft Foods web site. I am going to try that recipe next! I think it would be easier than filling all the eggs.
To make these you will need Jello Jigglers egg molds. On the Kraft Foods web site you can get a FREE mold until April 8th. After April 8th, they are $2.50 each, plus shipping. You will need several molds if you want to make a lot of eggs at one time. I used three molds. One mold makes six eggs.
To make 18 Jello eggs, I used five 3-oz boxes of Jello. I used two boxes of yellow pineapple-flavored Jello, two boxes of blue raspberry-flavored Jello, and one box of orange-flavored Jello.
You will need two bowls for each color of Jello. Since I only had three colors of Jello, I used six bowls.
Five 3-oz boxes Jello (makes 18 eggs)
Jello egg molds
If you look at the photo of the eggs below, you will notice that there are creamy layers between the clear layers. The creamy layers are made by adding vanilla yogurt to the Jello. That is why you have two bowls for each Jello flavor.
Dissolve each package of Jello in 1 1/4 cups of boiling water. After the Jello has dissolved, remove 1/2 cup of the liquid and place it into another bowl. Stir 2 tbsp. vanilla into the 1/2 cup of liquid, using a whisk if necessary to get rid of any lumps.
Repeat for each Jello color. You should end up with 3/4 cup of clear liquid and 1/4 cup of creamy liquid for each color.
Now you are ready to fill the eggs. Prepare the egg molds by lightly spraying with cooking spray. If you don't coat them first, you will have a hard time getting them out later.
Now it's time to start filling the eggs. This blogger had the great idea to use a syringe to fill the egg molds with Jello. If you have young children, you likely have the syringes the pharmacy gives you to give your baby or toddler medicine. These work great.
Choose a color of clear Jello and using the syringe, squirt approximately 1/4 inch of Jello into the bottom of your molds. When you get a thickness you like, you can just mark that spot on your syringe so that you can get the same amount every time. After a while, however, I realized that it didn't really matter if all the layers looked the same. I liked the variety in the different eggs. Just remember that thicker layers will take longer to set.
After you finish your first layer in all of the molds, place them in the refrigerator to set for about 10 minutes. You want them to set, but not harden. They should be slightly sticky to the touch. If they are completely set the next "layer" won't stick to it, so it is very important to not try to do anything else while you are doing these, or you will forget about them!
After the first layer has set, add a creamy layer and let it set for about 10 minutes in the refrigerator. Repeat until the egg molds are filled. It will take several hours to add all the layers.
If your creamy Jello starts to set too much while you are waiting to use it, use a whisk to stir it up again.
I was curious how my color combinations would look, and after my eggs were done I discovered that my blue Jello had mixed in with my yellow Jello and turned green! I actually liked the green better!
Let the completed eggs sit in the refrigerator for at least several hours. If you used the cooking spray to coat the molds they should come out of the molds fairly easily.
I don't think I'll be making these again this year, but they WERE fun. I think I will make another batch of just plain Jello eggs. My kids love them. I am definitely going to try the Rainbow Ribbon Mold, though.
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