Jolly Jelly Boats

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This is a party favourite-delicious, fun and healthy too. You can either use plain unsweetened gelatin and freshly squeezed orange juice or (as I did below) you can buy a packet of orange jelly powder (and another contrasting colour fruit jelly like greengage jelly powder) but substitute orange juice for half the water required.

(Makes 24 jelly boats)


  • 1 packet of orange jelly
  • 200 ml orange juice
  • 200 ml water
  • 6 oranges


1. Cut the oranges in half and using a serrated citrus knife, remove the fruit and juice and keep to one side to use later. Scrape out the rest of the pith and flesh keeping the peel intact.

2. Place the orange peel shells into a muffin tin. This will hold them steady while you pour in the jelly mixture.

3. Pour the orange jelly into a mixing bowl. Heat half the orange juice with half the water to make 200 ml of boiling liquid and pour over the jelly powder, mixing until it is dissolved.

4. Mix the other half of the cold orange juice and water into the jelly mixture.

5. Repeat using a contrasting colour jelly.

 6. Fill each orange peel cup with the jelly mixture and put the muffin tray into the fridge for 2 to 3 hours for the jelly to set.

7. Once the jelly is firm, slice the orange halves into quarters.

8. To make the “sails” for the boats, cut small paper triangles and secure them with toothpicks to the jelly wedges.