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Tropical Rainbow Dessert

Classic ribbon gelatin salad gets an up-to-date makeover with this tropical treatment. Cream of coconut creates the creamy layers in these showstopping parfaits. I like to surprise my nieces and nephews with this Jell-O mold done in neon colors. —Dan Kelmenson, West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin, divided
  • 5 cups boiling water, divided
  • 5 cups cold water, divided
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cream of coconut, divided
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) orange gelatin, divided
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) pineapple gelatin, divided
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) lime gelatin, divided

Directions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve one package of strawberry gelatin in 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir in 3/4 cup cold water. Divide among 12 dessert dishes and refrigerate until set, or pour into a 3-qt. gelatin mold coated with cooking spray and refrigerate until set but not firm, 20-25 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve remaining package of strawberry gelatin in 1/2 cup boiling water. Add 1/2 cup cold water and scant 1/2 cup cream of coconut; stir. Spoon over the first layer. Chill until set but not firm, 20-25 minutes.
  • Repeat six times, alternating plain gelatin layers with creamy gelatin layers. Chill each layer until set but not firm before spooning next layer on top. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Unmold onto a serving platter.
Editor's Note
This recipe takes time to prepare since each layer must be set before the next layer is added.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 345 calories, 6g fat (5g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (71g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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