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Champagne Mandarin Jelly Desserts

A fun boozy dessert for the Holidays


Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.. 

No, no, no, this is not about that Jason Derulo song from 2014..and I am sorry if now that song is stuck in your head :) Mine too, so we are in this together! :) 


This is​ all about a fancy Holiday season dessert that I am really excited to share with you. It is fruity, it has champagne in it and some sweet and soft cream. YUM! It is also a really fun dessert and probably something your guests have never had before. So have some fun this Holiday season and surprise your guests with this fun boozy dessert! 

What means the start of the holiday season to you? To me it is when I peel the first mandarin and I can smell that lovely citrus juice in the air. I love it! And that is when for me the Holiday season is officially opened. This year I got those mandarins as always and I had some, yes, they were good :) and then in bed, just before I was falling asleep I got this idea for a dessert which showcases the mandarins. A mandarin fruit champagne jelly with some vanilla whipped cream on top! So simple, yet so fabulous! :)

Yes these are really boozy as the liquid in the jelly is the champagne. But hey, they are really fun to make and eat, and also a cool new way to enjoy the champagne. 

I know when it comes to jelly it is either you love it or you hate it. Whenever I think back to our holidays when I was a kid and those big dessert tables at hotels, there was always some jelly there. Was I tempted by it? No. Did I try any? Yes. Did I enjoy it? No! So now you are thinking, why make it then? Let me tell you why those jelly desserts where not good. Those were typically made from some ready made mix and the colours were usually very veeery artificial red or green. Not very appetizing, if you ask me. This jelly dessert has nothing in common with those desserts, well apart from being a jelly of course :D This one is made with real fruit, with real fruit juice which ads some great flavour and then the champagne (and here you want to choose the one that you enjoy drinking as it is the main thing that you will taste in the dessert) so it is really tasty as all those are natural flavours. I know there will still be those who just don't like the concept of a jelly, but I really enjoyed both making it and eating it :) And as it is a make ahead dessert I am definitely going to make it for the Holidays.

If you are looking for some more inspiration then I have a lot of great festive recipes for you here.

Enjoy the pre-Holiday time Lovelies!


Step by Step Video


Champagne Mandarin Jelly Desserts

A fun boozy dessert for the Holidays


(makes 2 portions)

  • 4 mandarins

  • 9g gelatine + 6tbsp cold water

  • 20g sugar

  • about 400ml champagne

  • 100ml whipping cream

  • 10g sugar

  • 1tsp vanilla paste

  • sprinkles (optional)


  1. Peel two of the mandarins and remove the skins from the slices (see video).

  2. Add the slices from one mandarin into each dessert glass.

  3. In a small bowl mix gelatine with cold water and allow to bloom for 5 minutes.

  4. Press the juice from two mandarins and strain through a sieve.

  5. Measure the juice into a 500ml measuring cup and fill the rest (up to 500ml) with the champagne. Add into a small saucepan along with the sugar and heat over medium heat until the sugar has completely dissolved and the liquid has warmed up. Don't boil, just allow the sugar to dissolve and remove from heat when the liquid starts steaming.

  6. Add the gelatine to the warm champagne and mix until completely dissolved. Allow to cool a little. Once slightly cooled pour into the dessert glasses. Allow to come to room temperature and then store in the fridge until the jelly has completely set.

  7. Once the jelly has set, whip the cream with the sugar and the vanilla paste until stiff peaks. Transfer the cream into a piping bag with a piping tip of your choice and pipe over the jelly.

  8. Decorate with some golden sprinkles (optional).

  9. Best enjoyed cold.

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