Can you believe it’s been seventeen years since the release of the first Animal Crossing game?! It was originally released in Japan on the Nintendo 64 on April 14th, 2001. That is crazy.
It was then released on GameCube that same year in Japan, and eventually made its way around the world in 2003, but I didn’t get my hands on it until some time in 2006, when I was 10 years old. By that time, it already existed on Nintendo DS, which you will see I eventually ended up getting, but I can’t quite remember when.
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Anyway, ever since I first played Animal Crossing on GameCube 12 long years ago, I have adored it. It’s so much fun, and quite frankly, pretty addictive.
Nowadays I don’t usually let myself play it because I end up doing nothing else, and I’m sure all my loyal readers would be very sad if I suddenly abandoned this blog – so I found a middle ground: make something Animal Crossing related!
I originally wanted this post to go up in time for Animal Crossing’s 17th anniversary, but I had to play around with the recipe a few times before I found one that wouldn’t un-set and turn back into a liquid after being out of the fridge for a short time.
I ended up figuring out that issue, then I ran into a couple more whilst making this batch, but I’ll share my troubleshooting tips within the recipe so you guys don’t have to worry about making the same mistakes! Hope you all enjoy 🌞
YOU WILL NEED:
♡ A cake pop pan, preferably a silicon one
♡ Coconut milk, 400ml
♡ Red fondant and fondant rolling pin (see note)
♡ Small knife, wooden spoon, and baking paper
♡ 1 cup hot water
♡ 2 tbsp gelatine powder (also see note)
♡ 1/2 cup granulated sugar
♡ Scissors, pencil, and paper
NOTE: I would recommend cutting out the red exclamation marks one or two days before you wish to add them to the coconut jelly so they have a chance to harden and won’t soften so quickly when they come into contact with the jelly, as this can cause their colour to run. If you don’t have time to do this, just add them onto your jelly spheres at the last moment so they don’t run too much before you eat them!
I actually only used 1 1/2 tablespoons of gelatine, and while that amount worked okay, I recommend using a little more to ensure your spheres keep their shape. I’ve seen lots of recipes for coconut jelly that use 4 tablespoons, so you could even do that if you wanted to, but I was worried that they’d be too hard to eat 😂
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1. Place your cake pop mould onto your piece of paper and trace around the circles as best as you can to get an idea of how big your moulds are. If you have trouble tracing and would rather freehand, it’s best if you underestimate rather than overestimate.
Once you have your circles, draw small exclamation marks in the middle of each one, then cut out the top of the exclamations marks and place them to the side.
2. Roll your red fondant onto some baking paper. Place your paper exclamation mark tops that you cut out earlier onto your fondant and cut around them with your knife. Smooth out any sharp edges with the side of your knife, or your fingers.
For the circle parts of the exclamation marks, just pick up a tiny piece of fondant with your fingers, roll that into a ball, then flatten it. Repeat this entire step until you have enough exclamation marks for each coconut jelly sphere.
3. Spray your cake pop pan lightly with cooking spray, then wipe any excess residue away with a paper towel.
4. Heat one cup of water in the microwave, or boil it in a kettle. Let it sit for a minute or two to cool slightly.
5. Place gelatine and sugar into a heatproof ball and pour in the hot water, stirring until they are both completely dissolved.
6. Add in the coconut milk and stir until combined.
7. Spoon into prepared moulds. Let them cool down slightly, then pop them into the fridge for a few hours (or overnight) to set completely.
8. Once your coconut jelly is completely set and your red fondant has had time to harden, carefully remove the jelly from the mould and face them with the curved side down, touching the plate. If you face the curved side upwards, and try to put your fondant onto it, it will just slide off.
9. Carefully place your fondant exclamation marks onto your jelly, then you’re done! You have now made one of the most annoying parts of the Animal Crossing franchise (other than Mr. Resetti 🙄), but in a delicious coconut jelly form!
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I decided to make coconut jelly as it’s one of my favourite toppings to get at Tutti Frutti, which is a self serve frozen yoghurt store that I LOVE going to. They have the most delicious flavours of yoghurt (I promise this isn’t sponsored 😂), and the BEST coconut jelly.
Whilst this recipe was nice, it wasn’t anything like the one from Tutti Frutti, so I’m thinking about trying a few more batches and trying some different things such as coconut water, coconut cream, and coconut flavouring to see which one is closest. In the meantime though, this one is pretty good 😋
Tell me: did/do you play Animal Crossing? If so, what’s your favourite thing about it? I used to LOVE designing clothes in it when I was younger as I wanted to be a fashion designer, but now my favourite part is decorating the house.
I give every room a different theme and it is so much fun! A great way to live vicariously until we get our own house and can do what we want with it 😂
Until next time,
PS. This post is not affiliated with Animal Crossing or Nintendo, nor am I making any money off of this post! This is just a way to show my appreciation of the game.
PPS. As you will be able to see, I accidentally dented a few of the coconut spheres, which is why I recommend using a silicon mould instead of a metal one like I did. You’ll be able to pop the spheres out of the silicon much easier, whereas I had to use some utensils to help scoop the jelly out of the metal mould, causing the dents. They still tasted great though 😋