Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rainbow Ice Cream

St. Patrick's Day is a perfect excuse to make multicolored foods using all the colors of the rainbow! Two years ago we had Rainbow Cupcakes, and last year we had Rainbow Waffles. This year for St. Patty's Day, I decided to try something a little colder...ice cream! It's actually perfect  for this year because we have had an unseasonably warm winter, and this week the temps have been in the upper 70's and lower 80's! I would say a March that warm calls for ice cream:) The really fun part about this ice cream is that it isn't just rainbow colored {like most of my other fun foods}, but it is rainbow flavored too...thanks to a little bit of jello!
 Start with a small box of jello in each color {red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple} of the rainbow and a big tub of vanilla ice cream.
 I tried to take step by step pics, but my ice cream was getting too melty every time I stopped to take pics {thank you warm March weather}. Luckily making Rainbow Ice Cream is an easy process. Simple scoop out a little {or a lot depending on how much you want to make} ice cream into a bowl. Add in a few teaspoons of the jello powder, and give it a good stir. I used about 3 big scoop of ice cream and 3 or 4 teaspoons of the jello mix for each of my colors. You can increase the jello to make the colors more vibrant, but just be aware that the jello does give the ice cream a bit of a grainy texture so don't add too much!
Layer the colored ice cream into a freezer safe container. I used a glass loaf pan because I thought it would be a great shape to cut off a slice of the rainbow:) Starting with the red, add each colored layer, then let it set up in the freezer for a while before adding the next layer. Or you can do it the quick way and add the layers one after the other...just be careful not to mix the layers if you do it this way!
 Place the dish in the freezer to harden. I think the addition of the jello made the ice cream take longer to harden. Be patient or you may end up with a melty mess:) I was actually very patient and let mine set up for a few hours, but I was worried about it getting stuck in the dish so I dipped the glass into warm water to loosen it up...except I warmed mine just a little too long! I was kind of sad when this drippy, melty, red mess came out of my pan....
 ...and when I tried to slice into it, I made an even bigger {though very pretty} mess!
But a quick {okay a couple of hours} trip back into the freezer made things all better, and I was able to cut off a pretty slice of Rainbow Ice Cream! This was such a fun and {relatively} easy rainbow treat to make. The hardest part was all the waiting...and now my toughest challenge is going to be making the boys wait another two days to enjoy this yummy treat on St. Patrick's Day:)

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12 comments:

Kmama said...

What fun! I would have never thought to use jello to color vanilla ice cream.

Nichol said...

I would lose my patience lol. It's so pretty though!

Darcie said...

I remember all your rainbow delight post, from recent years! This one looks just as good, and I know the wait will be worth it for your kiddos!

Richella said...

Once again you get the prize for being the coolest mom! You really do amaze me. I know your guys are loving this!!

Julie Danielle said...

That looks yummy!

Kelli said...

This is so cool...lol. I would have never thought to use jello. I best it was really tasty. I love the rainbow ideas.

Kelly said...

Kelly, your ideas are amazing! Yum!

Kelli said...

How fu! That would be fun to make witht he kids~

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

You make the most awesome treats! My girls would LOVE Rainbow Ice Cream!!!

Laurie @ Rookiewife520.blogspot.com said...

looks so yummy!

Unknown said...

You have such wonderful ideas! Bookmarking your site! Thanks! Dena

Angie said...

Wow...this is a really cool idea! I love it and it turned out so cute! I bet it tasted amazing too!

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