I think a layered rainbow jelly is one of the most visually effective foods to do for a rainbow party. I didn’t want to bother trying to get the kids to eat it using a bowl so decided to go down the individual jellies route instead.
I bought the glasses from Wilkinsons - it was about £1 for 8, so pretty cheap really. I bought strawberry, orange, lemon, lime, raspberry and blackcurrant jellies, cleared a shelf in the fridge (and my work schedule!) and set to work.
The process for preparing the jelly is simple, but important. I put the jelly in a jug, poured on hot water until it was just covered and microwaved until all liquid. Next I added a handful of ice, stirred until melted and topped up to 1 pint. I had worked out that each glass would need 20ml of each jelly to make 28 individual rainbow jellies in the end.
I carefully shared the blackcurrant jelly out between the glasses before putting them all into the fridge to set. After about 45 minutes the jellies were totally set – the combination of ice in the mixture plus only a tiny amount of jelly in each cup speeds the whole process up. For one big jelly leave much more time.
I prepared the raspberry jelly next, adding some blue food colouring (how else would you get blue jelly?!), followed by the lime, the lemon, the orange and finally the strawberry, allowing at least 45 minutes between each layer. The jellies were left in the fridge overnight before being carted off the the Rainbow Party for the finishing touches – squirty cream and hundreds & thousands!