Rainbow Jello with Ice Cream

In continuing with my 50’s housewife theme we have Jello for you today. Do people still make Jello? My family has 4 Jello recipes that we keep in rotation. Rainbow Jello with ice cream, pistachio jello, lemon jello, and my favorite: strawberry pretzel Jello. Do you guys remember the old Bill Cosby Jello commercials? I cannot say the word Jello without thinking of those commercials.


Here is one for your viewing pleasure

We almost always have some kind of Jello for Thanksgiving. Are we alone in this or do you guys have Jello for Thanksgiving too? And we usually serve it with the main course as a “salad.” How Jello can be considered a salad I will never know. Anyway, this is a classic Jello recipe. Kelly’s roommate, Alana, suggested adding fruit to it. So we added mandarin oranges to the orange layer and strawberries to the strawberry layer. I gave it a lot of thought and decided the best order is orange on the bottom, then green, then yellow, and finally strawberry on top. If you are looking for a “salad” recipe for Thanksgiving this would be a great one! Ha! Or maybe just call it Jello! J-E-L-L-O!


Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert


  • 4 3 oz boxes sugar free jello, we used strawberry, orange, lime, and lemon
  • 2 cup boiling water, separated
  • 2 cup cold water, separated
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup frozen sliced strawberries


  • Dissolve the first box of jello in 1/2 cup boiling water.
  • Add 1/2 cup of cold water.
  • Add in fruit if desired.
  • Mix in 1/4 of the ice cream until smooth.
  • Pour into a 9×13 inch glass dish.
  • Allow to set for about 1 hour. If you want you can put a layer of sour cream between each layer of jello.
  • We tried to do that after the first layer of jello but decided it was too much of a pain. 
  • I do not think it made a difference in the end.
  • Prepare the next layer of jello the same as the first and pour over the first layer.
  • Continue until you have completed the four layers. 
  • Allow to set for at least 4 hours.
Keyword ice cream