I have a child-like delight in jelly – the comic wobble, the jewel-coloured translucence, the dissolving sweetness.  It reminds me of long-ago birthday parties when the staple celebratory treat on a hot summer day in Australia was a pond of green Aeroplane jelly decorated with chocolate frogs on angelica lily-pads.

I like Aeroplane Jelly,
Aeroplane Jelly for me.
I like it for dinner, I like it for tea.
A little each day is a good recipe!
The quality’s high, as the name will imply,
It’s made from pure fruit – one more good reason why
I like Aeroplane Jelly,
Aeroplane Jelly for me!

Cover of Aeroplane Jelly sheet music and lyrics

Now I can enjoy “grown up jelly” in the fantasy forms created by jellymongers, Bompas & Parr.   If Alice in Wonderland were to wander into the Bompass & Parr kitchen she would be entirely at home with the neon jelly St Paul’s Cathedral, the vast orange jelly Buckingham Palace,

Image:  Jellymongers

and the vintage teacup jelly landscapes created for the Tata Naka catwalk show.

Image:  Jellymongers

Performance artists, conjurers, weavers of dreams – the gentlemen of Jellymongers perform magic with the simplest of ingredients:  sugar, water, and gelatine.   I can only imagine that if Louis XIV were alive today he would not hesitate to install them at Versailles where they could create lavish jelly monuments to excess.

Kathryn Smith