Pride Rainbow Jello

Pride, this time of year’s annual celebration of all things L, G, B, T, + Q is upon us and, we don’t know about you, but the event tends to put us in a dancing mood. There’s excitement in the air and, whether you’re walking in the parade or waving from the sidelines in solidarity, it’s difficult to not feel compelled to shake your groove thing. We feel you, which is why we decided to celebrate this year with a dessert that shakes right back: a twelve-layer rainbow Jell-O! With all six colors of the rainbow flag, it’s as delightful to look at as it is to eat. Happy Pride, everybody!

Pride Rainbow Jello


    6 3oz boxes of Jell-O in the following colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple (each box makes approximately 1 cup Jell-O, so additional boxes may be needed depending on the size of your mould)

    6 Tablespoons Sour Cream

    Pam or similar flavorless nonstick spray



Adapted from our friend Brett Bara’s Ten Layer Jell-O recipe

1. Lightly coat the inside of your Jell-O mould or Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. If your pan is already non-stick (like ours) this will only take a quick spritz.

2. Combine 1 ¼ cups of boiling water with each packet of Jell-O in separate bowls. Whisk until dissolved. (For moulds, an extra-firm Jell-O is required, so disregard the instructions on the package. You’ll be using roughly half of the water as the box recipe.)

Pride Rainbow Jello

3. Begin by pouring ½ of the red Jell-O mixture into your mould. Refrigerate for approximately 15-20 minutes. The Jell-O should begin to solidify, but not become completely firm (if too firm, the next layer won’t stick).

4. While the first layer of Jell-O is firming up, add 1 Tablespoon sour cream to the remainder of the red Jell-O mixture. This will add opacity and give it a lovely pastel tone that makes the colors more vibrant in the end. With a large spoon, gently pour over the first layer and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. To avoid breaking through the previous layer, be sure to not pour too quickly.

Pride Rainbow Jello

Pride Rainbow Jello

5. Repeat steps 2-4 with the remainder of your colors in the following order: orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. Once all layers are added, cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight.

6. To remove Jell-O from mould, gently move Jell-O away from the edges of the pan, with a sharp knife. Then, dip the mould into a large bowl of warm water for 10-15 seconds.

7. Place a platter upside down over your mould and flip to release the Jell-O. If Jell-O doesn’t easily detach from the mould, dip into warm water for an additional 10 seconds and be sure to give it a wiggle.

8. Serve in slices and get your jiggle on!

Pride Rainbow Jello

Pride Rainbow Jello

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Diversity and inclusivity have long been a part of our core values and we constantly strive to create an environment that celebrates individual differences. We’re pleased to announce that this year, West Elm’s parent company, Williams-Sonoma, inc. will be an official sponsor of New York City Pride. As a sponsor of NYC Pride, WSI will have a marching contingent in the Pride March as well as a booth at PrideFest on June 28. Come down and say hi!

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Josh | The Kentucky Gent

June 25, 2015

Hey reflection in the spoon!

Also – a huge thank you to your brands for supporting the LGBT community, I’ll be cheering y’all on in the parade from good ole Kentucky.

Josh | The Kentucky Gent


June 25, 2015

I am not a jello fan but this looks very cool. I really wish you still sold the navy anchor napkins!

p.s. the links for the napkins and utensils are switched.

Maxwell Tielman

June 25, 2015

Hi Michelle— thanks for the heads-up! We’ve updated the links. 🙂

Rev. E. A. Hernandez

November 20, 2018

This is a beloved, time-honored tradition but my sister refused to give me the recipe. The only thing I know is she used Cool Whip, not sour cream, not yogurt, for the opaque pastel layers. Thoughts anyone?

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