Sam’s jellyfish jelly

Sam's jellyfish jelly

My daughters have this habit of cooking something — anything — when they’re stressed out. It’s final exams week and moods are volatile. On Saturday evening, Alex de-stressed by cooking a cheese omelet. Well, Sunday morning, actually because it was after midnight already. And, on Sunday evening, Sam made a gelatin dessert that she called jellyfish jelly. Two layers of gelatin, blue underneath and clear on top, with whole lychees visible through the transparent gelatin — like jellyfish swimming in the sea.


A few weeks ago, out of nowhere, Sam started talking about getting jellyfish for pets. In an aquarium. I told her that was illegal. No, she said, miniature jellyfish are sold as aquarium pets. I don’t know about that so I didn’t argue.

I must admit that watching the graceful movements of miniature jellyfish through a glass aquarium would be a mesmerizing sight. But, still… jellyfish don’t have a particularly long life span and considering how depressed Sam gets over the death of a pet, I’m not so sure about jellyfish in a aquarium — if that is even legal. But her jellyfish jelly is not only legal — it is delicious.

Sam's jellyfish jelly

Recipe: Sam’s jellyfish jelly


  • 2 90-g. packs of unflavored sweetened clear gelatin
  • a can of lychees


  1. Prepare four bowls or ramekins.
  2. Empty the contents of the gelatin packets into a pan.
  3. Check the gelatin package how much liquid is needed and measure the lychee syrup from the can. If you don’t have enough lychee syrup, add water to come up with the necessary amount of liquid.
  4. Stir to dissolve the gelatin granules then heat just until simmering.
  5. Divide the gelatin mixture into two portions. Tint one portion with a few drops of blue food color and add a few tablespoonfuls of milk.
  6. Place four or five lychees in each bowl or ramekin. Cover with the clear gelatin mixture. When the top starts to set (takes a few minutes at most), pour in the blue gelatin mixture (note that if the blue gelatin mixture starts to set in the meantime, you can reheat it gently to turn it into liquid again).
  7. Cool then chill the gelatin.
  8. To serve, loosing loosen the sides then invert onto plates.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

  • Dinah

    wow, looks so yummy and very easy to do! something to look forward to doing this weekend. Thanks for sharing ;)

    • Connie Veneracion

      Not everyone likes lychees but just about any fruit can be substituted. :)

  • Sharon O

    Oh my goodness they do look like jellyfish! Genius :-D Like mother like daughter I think ;-)

    • Connie Veneracion

      Haaaay, she really is more imaginative than I am. :)

      • Crisma

        Haayyy, let’s just say that Sam is a multiplication of the creative Connie ( to what degree? ;)… time will tell… hehe
        Proud Mom ka naman!

        • Connie Veneracion

          Bata pa sya and the world is hers to explore and enjoy… :D

  • Mrs. Kolca

    This is simple but creative. I wanna try this with strawberries!

  • Joy

    I love this idea. It is so cute and creative.

  • anika

    What kind of milk should I use?

    • Connie Veneracion

      What kind do you drink?

      • anika

        alaska condensed is okay?

        • Connie Veneracion

          The gelatin is already sweet. Why would you want to add sweetened milk?

  • Diane

    I’m gonna make this for the weekend. Thanks for the idea Ms Connie :)

  • Diane

    Hi Ms Connie! I’d just like to thank you for sharing your recipes, they’re awesome. I made meat rolls (I’d like to call them Hawaiian buns because I used a ground beef filling and pineapples) and Fruity Jelly as inspired by Sam’s Jellyfish Jelly. Was kinda sad that I failed to achieve the clear glass-top floating look… nevertheless our visitors enjoyed the simple meals. ;) Here’s a photo:

    Again, thanks and more power! :)

  • jing

    just want to ask what is the best brand of flavored jelly can I use in making jelly desserts. Alsa is good but with limited flavors in the market…


    • Connie Veneracion

      Use unflavored gelatin then add a few drops of liquid flavor and color. Then, you have more options.