Jelly. That wobbly wonder, effortlessly transcending sweet and savoury, depending on which part of the world you’re in. The Americans call it jello. I can’t get behind this. The word ‘jelly’ has the jauntiness of a child’s party while ‘jell-O’ presents with all the apathy of a teenager answering the phone.
Jelly, in its present form, has been around since the days of those Aeroplane commercials starring a child with a bowl haircut and that jingle which you’d swear was a nursery rhyme. (It was insidiously good advertising) My childhood memories feature a choice between pink or green jelly cups. By the fluoro 90s we had a whole range of colours and life was good.
Fast forward to 2018 and jellies are being layered using the advanced engineering techniques previously reserved for magic eye puzzles (remember those?) in order to recreate the ENTIRE UNIVERSE in a cup. But, here we are.
I’ll be honest, my daughter’s Star Wars party wouldn’t have been complete without ‘In a Galaxy Far, Far Away Jelly’. I really lean in to a birthday theme, often to the detriment of human relationships and elements of my sanity. I can’t pick an idea and stick with it – I pick EVERY idea.
Galaxy jelly is something I sensed must surely exist but, limited Pinterest searching revealed nothing. I therefore claim this as my own seminal contribution to human culture. And though it’s fiddly, it’s easy enough, even you could make it.
What you need
– Small plastic jelly cups
– Adorable plastic spoons
– 1 packet of blue jelly
– 1 packet of dark purple jelly
– 1 packet of dark pink jelly
– 1 packet of blue glitter jelly
– Gold edible glitter
– Black food colouring
Method (to your madness)
- Make the blue jelly and add a drop of black food colouring.
- Pour this black jelly into the base of each jelly cup.
- Add a spoon to each cup and place in the fridge.
- Make the dark purple jelly and allow to cool.
- When set, remove jellies from fridge and add a layer of the dark purple to each before returning to the fridge.
- Make the dark pink jelly and allow to cool.
- When set, remove jellies from fridge and add a layer of the dark pink to each before returning to the fridge.
- Make the blue glitter jelly and allow to cool. Reserve about 1/3 of the mixture.
- When set, remove jellies from fridge and add a thin layer of the blue glitter jelly to each one.
- To the reserved blue glitter jelly add a drop of black food colouring. Pour a drop into each jelly cup and swirl through the previous blue glitter layer with a toothpick.
- Set in the fridge and sprinkle with gold glitter to finish.
NOTE: For an overall galaxy effect when the jellies are displayed, I left some at various stages of the process without adding the subsequent colours, just sprinkling with gold glitter. The more variety of colour combos the more unique your jellies will look!