Coconut Blueberry Gelatin Stars

by Victoria Belanger

Overview

A departure from the traditional Hanukkah treats, these little blue and white stars -- made with coconut milk, blueberry juice and kosher gelatin -- can be fun for children and adults during the eight day celebration.

What You'll Need

To create the blue layer, you will need: 2 tablespoons of unflavored gelatin powder, 1/2 cup cold water, 3/4 cup blueberry juice, 1 1/2 cups coconut milk, 1 cup sugar, and blue food coloring. For the white layer, you will need: 2 tablespoons of unflavored kosher gelatin powder, 1/2 cup cold water, 3/4 cup water, 1 1/2 cups coconut milk, and 1 cup sugar. You will also need a six-pointed star cookie cutter.

For the Blue Layer

In a medium-sized bowl, sprinkle the unflavored kosher gelatin over 1/2 cup of cold water. Allow the gelatin to absorb the water for two minutes.

For the Blue Layer

In a saucepan, whisk together the blueberry juice, coconut milk, and sugar and bring just to a boil. Transfer the boiling coconut blueberry mixture to the gelatin bowl and whisk until gelatin is fully dissolved.

For the Blue Layer

Stir in several drops of blue food dye to turn the mixture a light blue. Refrigerate until it cools to room temperature.

For the White Layer

Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, sprinkle the unflavored kosher gelatin over 1/2 cup of the cold water and, again, allow the gelatin to absorb the water for two minutes.

For the White Layer

In a saucepan, whisk together 3/4 cup of water, the coconut milk, and sugar and bring just to a boil.

For the White Layer

Transfer the boiling coconut mixture to the gelatin bowl and whisk until gelatin is fully dissolved. Refrigerate until it cools to room temperature.

Making Layers

Pour the blueberry coconut mixture into a 13 x 19 or equivalent sized pan. Refrigerate for about 30 to 45 minutes, checking it often, until the gelatin is set but not completely firm and sticks to your finger when touched. If the blue gelatin gets too firm, the white layer will not stick to it when it is applied. If the blue layer is too soft, the two layers will blend together.

Making Layers

Next, gently spoon the coconut mixture into the pan over the blueberry layer. Refrigerate overnight until firm.

Cutting Out the Stars

Dip the pan in warm (not hot) water for 15 seconds to loosen the gelatin. Using the cookie cutter, cut star shapes into the gelatin.

Cutting Out the Stars

Gently peel away the excess gelatin and lift the star out of the pan. Garnish with blue sugar or sprinkles if desired.

Photo Credits

  • Victoria Belanger

About the Author

Victoria Belanger is a blogger at "The Jello Mold Mistress of Brooklyn" author of the book “Hello, Jell-O!: 50+ Inventive Recipes for Gelatin Treats and Jiggly Sweets”. She has created recipes and written articles for the Cooking Channel, Kitchen Daily, Apartment Therapy’s:The Kitchn, the Etsy Blog. She has a degree in photography from Virginia Commonwealth University.