Rosehip and Rhubarb Gin Liqueur Jelly…. Jelly for Grown Ups!

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This weekend I made a dessert which turned out to be a huge success on my Twitter account. One person even commented that it was Michelin Star worthy! High praise indeed!!! I have to admit I am really proud of this and I will be making many more varieties over the next few months as it was so delicious.

It all began when my sister asked me recently if I had tried a new jelly by Hartley’s called What’s Your Flavour? I replied that I hadn’t, but on my next trip to Sainsbury’s my son spotted it on the shelf. He asked if we could try it, so I bought a pack. (You get 2 sachets/1 pack for 70p there).

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The directions were simple… dissolve the sachet contents in boiling water, then add your choice of drink to make the flavour. My son made one sachet using his favourite summer fruits squash and he said it was the best jelly ever. I decided I wanted to try something more grown up with the other sachet. We had bought a beautiful rosehip and rhubarb gin liqueur at the Foodies Festival recently and I thought it would be perfect as a jelly flavour. You need 200ml of your chosen drink for these jelly sachets but I didn’t want to use that much in case it didn’t work, so I used 100ml liqueur and 100ml lemonade. As this jelly would be for adults only I wanted it to look special so I poured it into a Nordic Ware Brownie Pan to set. To make it look extra special I added some dried rose petals to each jelly too, and put them in the fridge to set.

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They came out of the pan perfectly when they had set, after a quick dip in hot water. If you do this, make sure you don’t get water on the actual jelly, just dip the base of the pan. They looked so beautiful and elegant.

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I tried one straight away to make sure they tasted good, and all I can say is WOW! They tasted exactly the same as the bottle of liqueur, and they still had that lovely strong kick from the alcohol. I decided they needed to be served with something equally grown up, so for the first time in my life I made vanilla panna cotta in ramekins, and placed a jelly on each one after they had been turned out. The soft creaminess of the panna cotta went perfectly with the jelly, and the rose petals were a pleasant bit of texture.

What’s Your Flavour jelly is now going to be a cupboard essential for me. It is amazing to think you can choose any flavour you want and turn it easily into a jelly. I am going to have fun experimenting with new flavours and combinations, and coming up with new ways to make jelly a worthy dessert for all occasions, some for children and some strictly for adults! I think I can safely say that Whats Your Flavour is my new favourite product. Who said jelly was for kids???

What would your flavour be? I’d love to find out what exciting ideas you all have 🙂

DISCLAIMER: I bought this product myself and Hartley’s have no idea I am writing this about them. All views and opinions are my own.