Champagne Jello

Champagne Jello |

Champagne + jello.

Needless to say, I had fun developing this recipe.

But in all honesty, it was for totally geeky reasons: The food scientist in me, who thought high school chemistry was cool had a blast trying to figure out how much plain gelatin would be needed to make the champagne alcohol gel.

Of course bubbles don’t hurt the fun factor.

And I was curious if a ‘jello’ could be made to taste just like champagne – maybe just a tiny tad sweeter.

Champagne Jello |

Fast-forward to the results: Success all around! I was even able to create little champagne bubbles on top that gelled up. And the pomegranate arils (seeds) added a splash of color and sweet-tart flavor that complimented the champagne deliciously.

If there’s a little mad scientist in you, other gelatin concoctions to try are these Clementine Kissed Marshmallows or this Lactose Free Snow Pudding. Or check out Victoria Belanger; the following Champagne Jello was inspired by a few of her fun, creative and a bit retro recipes.

Champagne Jello

Makes 6 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 cup


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons plain, unflavored gelatin (about 1 1/2 packages)
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (or more if your bubbling beverage is on the dry side)
  • 3/4 cup sparkling wine or champagne or club soda (if using soda add more sugar to taste)
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils (seeds)


  1. Prepare 6 champagne glasses by making sure they are clean and dry.
  2. In a medium glass bowl, sprinkle gelatin over cold water. Let soften for about 3 minutes.
  3. Whisk in boiling water until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  4. Whisk in sugar until dissolved. Stir in sparkling wine. Immediately pour into a liquid measuring cup with a pour spout.
  5. Raise the measuring cup about 8-12 inches above the champagne glasses and pour the sparkling wine mixture in a slow stream into the glasses; this will create bubbles in the glasses that will remain when chilled.
  6. Chill the glasses in the refrigerator until wine mixture is a very thick liquid; about 20-30 minutes. (Check frequently! The mixture goes from thick liquid to completely gelled very quickly.) The liquid needs to be thick so the pomegranate arils remain suspended throughout the liquid without dropping to the bottom or staying on on top. Divide arils among the glasses, being careful not to disturb top bubbles. Chill until fully gelled; about 20-30 more minutes.

What’s your pleasure? Champagne, prosecco or something else bubbly?

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  1. That is awesome! Love it! and of course your photography makes them look even better!

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