Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Rainbow Ice Cream (St. Patrick's Day Treat)

My friend, Kelli, from Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM is an expert at fun treats for kids, and she agreed to stop by the blog this week with a cool St. Patrick's Day Dessert: Rainbow Colored and Flavored Ice Cream. I'm still catching up on the work I missed last week, and am most thankful for good friends who step in to help!

Take it away, Kelli!
Hi! My name is Kelli, and most days you can find me blogging at Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM! I am so excited to be sharing this fun St. Patrick's Day recipe with all of you Serenity Now readers! 

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 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!
Rainbow Ice Cream

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.
Rainbow 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!
Rainbow Ice Cream

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!
Rainbow Ice Cream

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....
Rainbow Ice Cream

...and when I tried to slice into it, I made an even bigger {though very pretty} mess!
Rainbow Ice Cream

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:)
Rainbow Ice Cream


Thank you, Kelli! I know my girls would absolutely love to try this tasty dessert out.

If you haven't stopped by Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM before, please do. Kelli's blog is full of delightful crafts, recipes, activities, and more.

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  1. This is such a cool dessert idea. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

  2. Hi Amanda,

    I love coming to your blog! Thank you so much for hosting your weekly weekend link up. I enjoy making it a part of my weekend.
    Last night was my first night hosting a linky party at redflycreations(dot)com! I would love to have you link up this rainbow ice cream post. Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful creative ideas!



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