When we think back to our favourite childhood dessert, we see bowls of jelly and ice-cream – don't you? Well this deliciously wobbly dessert is no longer just for children: jelly is making a comeback to be THE dessert of the summer season.
With its cheeky wiggle, jelly is one of the most versatile desserts around. The perfect match for sweet treats such as this Victoria sponge cake or as part of a summer berry sundae, jelly can also add a bit of unexpected flavour and texture to main courses like fish (this one is only for the brave!).
What’s probably most surprising about this simple dessert though is the sheer range of flavours you can dream up. Start with the classics such as strawberry, lemon, orange and blackcurrant and make just a few minor tweaks to create the perfect jelly to suit every occasion – from a family night in on the sofa to a sparkling celebration!
Don’t know where to start? We've created four show stopping summer jelly recipes that are perfect for parties, long summer evenings in the garden, or as a treat whenever you fancy.
A twist on a classic
One of the best ways to start experimenting is by taking the classic flavours and adding a simple extra to give them a kick. Think strawberry and lime, cherry and cola, or chocolate and orange. Don’t forget to think outside the box – herbs and spices make a great addition too!
Make it: Strawberry and Basil Jelly
This surprising twist on the classic favourite flavour creates an interesting taste combination and an all-round treat for the senses.
A childhood favourite
While jelly is an old childhood favourite in itself, there are plenty of other sweet treats you can look to for flavour inspiration. Why not try to recreate the taste sensations of Liquorice Allsorts or Refreshers, or give our Lemon Sherbert jelly a go?
Make it: Lemon Sherbet Jelly
Who doesn't love lemon sherbets? Adored by both young and old, you can bring your childhood favourite sweet to life with this seriously tasty jelly concoction.
One for special occasions
If you've got something to celebrate, say it with jelly. Perfect for parties, this Buck's Fizz jelly will be a special treat at any occasion.
Make it: Bucks Fizz Jelly
This amazing fizzy jelly will have everyone's tongues tingling!
One for the adults
After the kids have gone to bed, upscale any dinner party by tempting the taste buds of your guests with a more alcoholic mix. Gin works especially well, but you can also look to cocktails for inspiration. Piña Colada jelly, anyone?
Make it: Blackberry and Gin Jelly
Dressed to impress this blackberry and gin jelly si sure to be the main draw at any party!