Arachnophobia or fear of spiders affects nearly one third of the population, add to that the fear of needles and this is one scary post. These flowers and spiders are made by injecting a milk based gelatin mixture into a clear jelly.
Gelatin flowers have their origins in Mexico where they are called gelatina floral. The spiders originated in my kitchen after my boys were not impressed with ‘pretty’ jellies. Watch the video below for directions on how to make these amazing edible 3D creations.
Equipment that I used:
Needle: hypodermic nipro flomax 19G X 38MM
Syringe: 10mL (0.34 fluid ounces) luer lock latex free (if you buy more than one you will not have to wash it out every time you want a different colour, I purchased these and the needles on ebay)
Plastic and metal spoons and flat firm plastic cut to a petal shape
Optional a small toy spider or a carrot carved into shape
Clear jello recipe
1 L (0.26 gallons) or 4 cups water
300g (10.58 ounces) sugar
1/4 tsp citric acid (or other clear flavoring)
40g (1.41 ounces) or 4 tablespoons powdered gelatin
additional 1 cup or 250ml cold water
Mix together the gelatin and 1 cup of cold water and leave to absorb the water.
Place the 1L (0.26 gallons) water, sugar and citric acid into a saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved.
Stir through the gelatin until it dissolves and then pour into container and leave in the fridge to set.
Milk based Jello recipe for the pattern
20g (0.71 ounces) or 2 tablespoons gelatin
125ml or 1/2 cup water
395g (13.93 ounces) tin sweetened condensed milk
Full cream milk add to the sweetened condensed milk to make a total of 500ml liquid.
Food colours (pink, blue, yellow) & cocoa powder or dark chocolate to make brown
Mix together the gelatin and cold water and leave to swell.
Heat the sweetened condensed milk and milk in a saucepan until just starts to boil. Remove from heat and stir through the gelatin until it is melted. Split into smaller bowls to colour. If the mixture sets before you are ready to use it remelt in the microwave or on the stovetop.