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{Day 9} Rainbow doodle jelly!!!

Rainbow Doodle Jello is an easy to make but impressive coloured jello hidden under a vanilla milk jello skin layer. Doodling has never been this much fun!

There has been a flurry of rainbow-coloured desserts popping up here, there and everywhere, ever since the Whisk Kid unveiled her first rainbow cake in 2008, but as far as I can tell, my Rainbow Doodle Jelly is in fact a world-first! Please, do correct me if I’m wrong…

When I was brainstorming ideas for the Royal Selangor Get Your Jelly On challenge, I thought it would be great to make rainbow jelly. I loved it as a child – the colours have always fascinated me, and until I became aware of how the jelly was layered, I was forever intrigued how they got those colourful discs in the glass, so even and smooth…  Fast forward a couple of decades (and then some), I still liked the concept, I just felt it needed a lift, an element of surprise, something that would make you go: wow! As I kept thinking up various ‘wow’ concepts, it dawned on me:

Why not make a Sweetapolita-inspired rainbow doodle jelly? Sure, it would be much harder, but I love a good challenge, so I put on my apron and got to work.

First and foremost, I wanted the jelly to both look stunning, or at least cute, and taste great because food is a sensory experience. I decided to go with a cream and vanilla bean panna cotta style jelly on the outside, and use store-bought lemon flavoured jelly crystals for the inner rainbow layers. I chose lemon for two reasons: the yellow as base colour is the easiest to mix with gel food colouring for the other layers, and in terms of flavour, it would go well with the creamy vanilla bean outer ‘skin’ that was going to cover the rainbow surprise inside! Together, the flavours reminded me of a good lemon curd Pavlova!

Mr Chipconnoisseur chipped in too! He surprised me by knowing the order of colours in the rainbow – it has to do with the wavelengths of different colours of light apparently.  Sounds to me like his engineering thesis on fibre optics at uni has finally paid off, plus he was kind enough to help me work out the best way to make the vanilla cream skin by using both moulds.

And, on the last day of school holidays, the kids had a tonne of fun doodling on the jellies and then gobbling them up too!

Makes 2

Rainbow doodle jelly

I have obviously used 2 of my Royal Selangor jelly moulds to create the dessert, but you could achieve a similar effect using a small round bowl and a water balloon filled with water to create the cream and vanilla bean ‘bowl’ which, when turned out, would for the ‘skin’ over the rainbow jelly, concealing it until the first bite. When using the bowl and balloon method, you can prepare both jellies at the same time.

For the vanilla bean cream jelly:

  • 1/4 cup fresh cream
  • 1/4 of a vanilla bean, cut in half longways
  • 1 tbsp stevia // or sugar
  • 1 tsp gelatin + a generous pinch more

For the inner rainbow layers:

  • 1 packet lemon jelly crystals
  • 2 tsps gelatin
  • boiling hot water
  • red, green, blue and purple gel food colouring (I used Wilton gels)

To make the vanilla bean cream jelly ‘skin’: place cream, stevia (or sugar) and vanilla bean in a small saucepan. Cook, whisking, over medium heat until it comes up to a boil. Turn heat to low and cook for another couple of minutes.

Remove the vanilla beans from the pan and scrape all the seeds back into the cream. Remove the pan from the heat, sprinkle over with gelatin powder and whisk for a minute for the gelatin to dissolve. Cool to room temperature, whisking occasionally to stop the milk skin from forming.

When cooled, whisk one last time to agitate the seeds and pour half of the vanilla cream into one of the moulds placed upright in a mug (or divide between 2 bowls, see tip above). Place in the freezer for 10 minutes for the cream to thicken.

Move mug with mould into the fridge and place the other mould (or water balloons – see note above) into the cream-jelly filled cone. The liquid should come up the edges. Make sure the inner mould is not touching any of the other mould’s sides as this may cause colour running. Chill for 30 minutes. When set, gently wiggle the inner mould out and repeat the process by filling the empty mould this time. If the remaining cream has set you can reheat it just slightly (to room temperature only) and use again.

To make the inner rainbow layers: prepare lemon jelly crystals according to packet instructions, adding extra 2 teaspoons of gelatin (you should get about 2 cups or 500ml).

Divide the jelly between 6 or 7 bowls. Add food colouring to each bowl (red, orange, green, blue, purple) and mix well. Starting with red, pour a little of the jelly into the mould and place in the fridge for 20 minutes to set. Repeat layering with the other colours. Obviously, for the cone shape jelly you will require only a little bit of red jelly compared to purple.

Once finished layering and the jelly is somewhat set, cover it with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight.

To make the doodles: dip mould into some hot water for a second. Place a plate over the jelly and flip it outside down to release onto the plate. Using gel food colouring and q-tips doodle all over the jellies!

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72 comments

muppy October 9, 2011 at 8:53 am

Awesome! Absolutely gorgeous and a nice twist. I LOVE that taste was the priority 🙂

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Wholesome Cook October 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Thanks Muppy – taste always is for me. And while I normally cringe at additives, this is definitely not an everyday food but it sure is fun!

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phuocndelicious October 9, 2011 at 8:59 am

That’s so cool! A blank canvas with a rainbow inside. I’m sure the kiddies loved doodling it 🙂

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kezzas October 9, 2011 at 9:40 am

Ha ha what fun!!! Looks great!! Glad to hear he learnt something! – I just “sing a rainbow” 😉 Can’t believe there’s so many days of creative coning left!! Loving it 🙂

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Wholesome Cook October 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Glad to hear! You sing? 😛

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MaggieCooks October 9, 2011 at 9:50 am

So coooooooooool!!!!!
I think it is the world’s first!
Such an inspiration! 😀

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Wholesome Cook October 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Thank you MaggieCooks for supporting my mostly unsubstantiated claim! 🙂

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Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide October 9, 2011 at 10:22 am

That’s psychedelic!

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Susie D. October 9, 2011 at 11:24 am

That’s really wild!

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ChopinandMysaucepan October 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

What a clever and psychedelic idea!! We appreciate the accuracy and time required to get such a beautiful result! Kiddies would sure be happy!

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Wholesome Cook October 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm

They got involved in layering, now they know how the circles get in!

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gertrude October 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

This is a piece of ART!!! Love the artwork on the outside and the beautiful rainbow on the inside. I bet you had fun doing it. I know I will 🙂

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Wholesome Cook October 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Have lots of fun! Loved it 🙂

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Sharni October 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm

This is the best jelly idea ever! Awesome!!!!

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Anne S October 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Oh my gosh, I want to be your kid! Pleeeaaaseee??? Great work on this, world first indeed!

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Wholesome Cook October 9, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Oooh thanks, and sagly I have to say no to the request of being my kid :-/

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Timothy R October 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I’m a guy and I love this jello! You are creative beyod belief, well done! Lemon and cream combination sounds delicious too!

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Nic October 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Croquembouche was my favourite, then you made the risotto, now this… what can I say??? LOVE them all. LOVE your creativity. LOVE your work!

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Wholesome Cook October 9, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Thank you so much, I think the same way! There’s always room for improvement!

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terri October 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I LOVE THIS!!! thumbs up

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rumpydog October 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm

You make this sound so easy, and it looks wonderful. I’ve got to try it!

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atrifledramatic October 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

How beautiful! With that lovely glossy, milky-coloured outside, I wasn’t expecting the rainbow inside 🙂 Lovely combination of colours. Congrats!

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Wholesome Cook October 9, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Thank you! It definitely has the wow effect!

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R. October 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Wow, this is a work of art, both inside and out! I bet it tastes nice too 🙂

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mycookinghut October 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Lovely colours!!

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babe_kl October 9, 2011 at 7:59 pm

your rainbow jelly inside is so pretty let alone the doodles

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Wholesome Cook October 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Thank you, it was a fun concept to work with 🙂

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Nancy Veart October 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Did not know you could do much with Jelly – So creative! Just amazing!

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Wholesome Cook October 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Thanks Nance! Trying my best!

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Gisele October 10, 2011 at 1:12 am

This is so much fun! Maybe I’ll try to make this with my kid and let him do the coloring.

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Geni - Sweet and Crumby October 10, 2011 at 1:41 am

This is sooooo cool! Wow!

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Sissi October 10, 2011 at 1:47 am

What an extraordinary rainbow jelly! It’s perfectly chosen to brighten up a gloomy Sunday afternoon we are having in Switzerland… I don’t think I would ever dare doing it, but I would love a multi-coloured slice on my plate.

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Wholesome Cook October 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Perhaps, if I ever come to Switzerland… 🙂

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boo_licious October 10, 2011 at 3:53 am

Cool stuff. This was the first thing I saw in the morning and it put a big smile on my face even though I knew it’ll be a difficult Sunday. Can’t wait to see tmrw’s “fiery” entry.

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Roxana B October 10, 2011 at 5:12 am

That looks like so much fun!

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sara October 10, 2011 at 5:52 am

Wow, so cool! Love that there are rainbow colors both inside and out!! Very neat look. 🙂

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Amanda October 10, 2011 at 8:13 am

These are beautiful, and what a great giveaway!

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Glamorous Glutton October 10, 2011 at 8:44 am

What an amazing jelly, it looks fabulousboth before and after being sliced. GG

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jessa October 10, 2011 at 10:50 am

So new!…And I love your chalkboard.

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Wholesome Cook October 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Thanks! The kids love it too!

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tc October 10, 2011 at 11:11 am

haha, that’s both crazy and awesome.

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Ninazsyafinaz October 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Lovely..This is perfect idea for kids party too..

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Wholesome Cook October 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Oh yes, definitely!

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rsmacaalay October 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Wow this is not just a treat for the taste buds its also an eye candy. This get prettier everyday.

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Three-Cookies October 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Very colorful.

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leaf (the indolent cook) October 11, 2011 at 10:52 am

This is so cute and colourful! Kids especially would love it.

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Joshua Hudson October 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

I like the rainbow effect on both the outside and inside!

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Cheah October 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm

This is Picasso! Very original!

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penny aka jeroxie October 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Oh! I love this rainbow version. Very cheery.

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Vivian - vxdollface October 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Absolutely love the idea of turning food into art!

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J. October 13, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Wow.. I can see that you have put a lot of thoughts into making this jelly, from the making of the delicate outer white layer to the mixing of food colouring. The final product is so inviting. Well done!

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Sandy October 14, 2011 at 6:47 am

This would be so much fun to do with kids!

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Zoe Roberts October 14, 2011 at 7:46 am

am definitley going to try this, my little one will have a ball decorating.

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Giselle October 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

this is wonderful! oh so colorful 🙂

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Amber October 15, 2011 at 2:54 am

This is so fun looking! The kids would love this.

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Liza October 15, 2011 at 5:38 am

How creative! I’ve never seen anything like that, but it would be great for special occasions.

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Paula October 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Love the creativity.

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Sarah O. October 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm

This is so adorable I can hardly stand it.

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Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious October 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I love this! I’d have to remember coming back to this when my daughter is a little bit older 🙂 How fun! Thanks for sharing.

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sara (Belly Rumbles) October 16, 2011 at 12:05 am

Doing a little catch up on your creations of last week. This is indeed very creative, flavours sound great and it is visually wonderful. Love the colours when you cut in to it, again very clever.

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Ally October 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

So pretty! I think I see a halloween-themed one in my future 🙂

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Mary October 17, 2011 at 9:06 am

So creative, and perfect for a whimsical little-girl birthday party! 🙂

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jasmine1485 October 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm

This would be such a fun school holiday activity 🙂 My mouth is watering imagining the creamy vanilla flavour and it looks beautiful to boot.

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Lenna (veganlenna) October 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm

This seems like some project for art classes! Love it 🙂

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Mollbabe October 21, 2011 at 5:07 am

please

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Jessy (squeezetheday) October 21, 2011 at 6:24 am

You’re so creative with your desserts!

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Jasmine October 22, 2011 at 12:38 am

This is so cool and creative!

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Edyta October 25, 2011 at 11:28 am

Wow!This is very creative!

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Ming October 26, 2011 at 4:52 am

It would be fun to make this with my nephews and nieces. You are very creative, keep it up!

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kaokimura October 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm

there’s a surprise inside! cute 😉

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nj greek October 30, 2011 at 10:35 am

very creative! bright colors and i’m sure a tasty dessert again 😉

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Sharn October 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm

SO clever! What a lovely surprise 🙂

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