As December begins to wind down and we gather with friends and family to ring in the new year, it’s time to whip up one of our of most popular recipes: Champagne Jellies. This sparkly, sophisticated version of Jello-o shot has earned a permanent spot headlining our New Year’s Eve treat table, and we’re here to spread the word.
Champagne has always been synonymous with celebrations, milestones, new beginnings, and, of course, New Year’s Eve. The distinctive pop of opening a bottle is an unofficial alert letting everybody know the party has started. By translating this allure into a playful, bouncy form, jellies offer a way to celebrate that’s accessible and enjoyable for everyone. These bite-sized confections encapsulate all the pizzazz of sparkling wine, allowing guests to revel in the joy of the moment without having to wait at the bar for refills or uncorking the next bottle.
During a night known for its elegance, glitz, and glamor, these jellies are the “little black dress” of New Year’s Eve. They can be kept clean and simple, allowing their translucent texture to showcase the tiny bubbles suspended in time, or decorated with edible glitter so they catch the light and sparkle like the fireworks at midnight. Plus, after a long holiday season of rich and heavy food, these bring a natural lightness to the festivities that let you indulge without feeling weighed down.
Their biggest selling point might just be how easy they are to make. Simply simmer your favorite sparkling wine with sugar until all the crystals have dissolved, whisk in softened gelatin, then pour into a parchment-lined baking dish and chill. We like to make these well ahead of time and cut them into squares just before serving. You can even cut them into diamonds or use silicone star molds to make them extra special.
In a world where food is as much about the experience as it is about flavor, champagne jellies perfectly encapsulate the joy, magic, and effervescence of New Year’s Eve. As we raise our glasses to new beginnings, and the shimmering jellies sparkle under twinkling lights, one thing is certain: They’re not just a dessert, they’re an experience. One that your guests won’t soon forget.