When I started planning my little lady’s Art Party I knew I needed to come up with some creative ideas for party food. Many of you know that my family follows a Paleo lifestyle, which means meals and snacks look very different for us. As I was looking online at what rainbow-centric food others have served for their child’s parties, I realized nearly all of it relied heavily on colorful candies and frostings- a definite no-no for us! So I decided to create a colorful Paleo dessert of my own!
I based my idea on this recipe from the Paleo Parents. It’s simple, delicious and free of the undesirable ingredients found in traditional jello. Though you may have a hard time juices to use that’ll give you the exact look of a traditional rainbow jello push pop, these are still very fun and colorful, and the kids LOVED them!
- various fruit juices- I used pomegranate, orange, blood orange (pink) and pineapple (lemonade is pictured, but I ended up not using that)
- unflavored gelatine- one packet per 8 ounces of juice
- push pop molds- these are available online and in many craft stores for around $1-2 each
You’ll need to start making these jello push pops a few days before the party to give each layer time to set.
- Prepare push pop molds- there are 4 pieces to each mold: stick, lid, insert and tube. Place an insert into each tube and put them into a tray that will fit into your fridge.
- Make the first layer of jello- Combine one packet of gelatine with 1/4 cup of cold juice and set aside. Meanwhile, bring remaining 3/4 cup of juice to a gentle boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and mix with the gelatine/juice mix. Stir for about 2 minutes until all the gelatine has dissolved. Allow jello to cool several minutes.
- Pour first layer into push pop molds- I used a small scoop to do this. Place your tray into the refrigerator for at least a few hours until fully set.
- Make next layer of jello- follow the exact recipe above for every layer using each color of juice you’ve selected. The only difference in instructions for the remaining layers of jello is that you need to allow the jello to cool down almost to room temperature before adding it to the push pops. If you add more layers before they’ve cooled down you’ll melt a portion of the layer below it, which could look cool, or might annoy you.
- Allow each layer to fully set in the fridge for several hours before adding the next layer. Place lids on push pops.
When it’s party time, simply insert the push pop sticks into the bottom of the molds. Though these take some planning ahead, they really are so simple and quick to put together, and they were a hit at the party! Need proof? Here’s my little lady’s favorite fella enjoying every last bite of his rainbow jello push pop: