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11 March 2012

Rainbow in a cup

We had a friends' gathering this afternoon and I decided to serve up some gelatin for the kids. However, instead of having just one colour per serving, I decided to jazz it up by layering some colours. I only filled the transparent cups halfway through because I assumed a full cup would be too much for the kids.

Much to my amusement, it was the grown-ups who found these fun and interesting and they snatched some up for themselves. I guess it's because they know that some effort was made to make it. I do think the kids enjoyed it too, as I saw them looking through the cup each time they take a spoonful off it.

The next time I make another batch, I will try to stick to darker-coloured gelatin as they are more discernible. For this batch I used Raspberry, Tropical, Lime, and Lemonade flavours.  The Lemonade was too pale I think.

To make your own colourful desserts, just follow the package directions and ladle some onto each cup.  Refrigerate for about an hour to set the gelatin, then make the next colour, making sure that it has cooled off (about 20 minutes is good) before pouring into the cups or else the heat will disturb the layer before it.

As I have mentioned before, I prefer to use Gregg's because I does not solidify easily so I can afford to make it cool off without worrying that it has become solid before I can transfer to the cups.  In fact, I think you need to refrigerate it.

I was able to churn out 17 cups from 4 boxes of gelatin.  It's cheap and easy to make, but it's fun to eat.  Some of the guests even topped their cups with fruit salad which was ingenious.  Another plus to this is we now have biodegradable transparent cups so you can use those and not worry too much about using plastic cups.

As you may have guessed, this takes time to make so I suggest making it a day in advance. This way, you don't rush things up.  Besides, you can do other stuff while waiting for each layer to solidify.

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