Four little Valentines Jelly Pops, all in a row!
I made these little jelly pops for Tablespoon.com last year, and thought they would be a festive little kick off to our JSTK holiday lineup. (And yes, it's a diversionary tactic while I try to think of a good jelly shot for President's Day. Its tough! Any ideas!) I find the little pops so adorable, but as we've discussed, I do have a weakness for jelly-on-a-stick. (The recipe is kid-friendly, but of course, these jellies would be lovely in a higher octane as well - just prepare the layers with less water, and then add vodka or liqueur as the last step.)
Hope you enjoy! I've got something fun planned for the weekend. Here's a hint: it's based on an iconic, cream-filled dreamy cake-y delight. Oh, and I'm adding booze. Don't fuss - I'll have it posted before you know it!
Valentines Jelly Pops
1/2 cup boiling water
1 3 oz package strawberry flavored gelatin dessert (sugar free dissolves very easily)
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup cold water
1 1/2 envelopes plain gelatin
1 6 oz container strawberry yogurt
1/3 cup cold water
1 envelope less 1/2 tsp plain gelatin
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
8 each wooden coffee stirrers, cut into 2 inch lengths for garnish, if desired
These pops are super cute whether they’re made in a silicon mold (I used this cute little baba mold), or set in a baking pan (I'd use a standard loaf pan - about 8" x 4") and cut into squares. If using a silicone mold, prepare mold by spraying lightly with cooking spray, then wiping each mold cavity clean with a paper towel. This will leave a slight residue to aid in un-molding without affecting the taste or appearance of the jelly pops. If setting in a glass or non-reactive metal baking pan, no prep is needed. The instructions below are for molds - so if you're setting in a pan, just pour in the layers!
Red Layer: Dissolve strawberry gelatin in boiling water. Add cold water. Pour 1 tsp. of the gelatin into each mold cavity. Refrigerate until firm but not fully set (should be fairly firm, but still slightly sticky when touched - about 20 minutes). While the red layer is chilling, prepare Pink Layer.
Pink Layer: Pour water into small saucepan. Sprinkle with gelatin and allow to soak for a minute or two. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in yogurt. Allow to cool to room temperature – you may want to pop the gelatin in the fridge or freezer for a minute or two to help it along. Pour 1 tbsp into each mold cavity. Refrigerate until firm but not fully set (should be fairly firm, but still slightly sticky when touched - about 15 to 20 minutes). While the pink layer is chilling, Prepare White Layer.
White Layer: Pour water into a small saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin. Allow to soak for a minute or two. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes). Stir in the sweetened condensed milk. Allow to cool to room temperature. Pour approximately 2 tsp. into each mold cavity.
Refrigerate several hours or overnight, until fully set. (Overnight is ideal as it allows the layers to fully bond.) Garnish each jelly pop with a coffee stirrer segment to make the “popsicle” handle, if desired.
Makes about 15 jellies.