Introduction: Hidden Jelly!

Some times the kids just deserve a treat! While I don't advocate lots of sugary treats, I do think that sometimes kids can be spoiled. A fun way is to hide the treat inside fruit skin.

I am not claiming this to be an original idea, I have seen this done by plently of people (including my mother at my own past birthdays....). I did think it worth documenting and sharing for those that may not have previously seen it.

Step 1: Ingredients

  • Jelly (Jello) Mix
  • Oranges
  • Gelatine (optional)

Step 2: Mix the Jelly

Mix the jelly using about half the water that the instructions call for. The jelly needs to set firmly so that you can cut it.

An alternative approach is to add gelatine to the jelly mix. This is my preferred method as it doubles the amount of jelly made, maintains the appropriate level of taste (half mix can be a bit strong!) and reduces the percentage of sugar in the final treat.

Set aside to cool. Do not let it cool for to long as you need to be able to pour the jelly into the orange.

Step 3: Prepare the Oranges

Cut the oranges in half, cutting across the pedicel and the stalk. The pedicel is the bump on the opposite side from the stalk (I didn't know what it was called until I googled it for this instructable...)

You want to cut right through the pedicel, if you don't the jelly is likely to leak out of it!

Use a spoon to scoop around the edge of the flesh and gently prise the fruit away from the rind. Work your way around the orange until the fruit is loose and lifts out.

Step 4: Set the Jelly

Place the orange halves into small bowls or ramekins to prevent them from tipping over.

Pour the jelly mix into the orange halves and place them into the fridge. Alternatively fill the oranges once they are already in the fridge to prevent the jelly from spilling.

Leave overnight to allow the jelly to firmly set.

Step 5: Serve

Slice the oranges up into treat size portions. Slice from the rind into the jelly to prevent the jelly from splitting or falling out. Warming the knife helps to cut through the jelly without leaving a mark.

You can also cut and serve the orange that was scooped out to ensure the treat is balanced against some fruity goodness!

For a magical 'reveal' leave the orange half upside down on the plate when serving to kids - they will love finding the jelly in there!