Fine Desserts Fresh Coconut Jelly (Melo Melo) 4.67 from 6 votes Create a Profile! × Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Save Recipe Topped with delicious fruit — I chose tropical — my Coconut Jelly recipe (also known as Melo Melo) is the silkiest dessert you'll ever have! By Gemma Stafford | January 11, 2022 | 33 Last updated on March 8, 2022 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! If you’re a fan of coconut flavor, you have to try this recipe. This homemade Melo Melo coconut jelly is so incredibly fresh, lightly sweet, and the texture is so comforting. Think of it kind of like a panna cotta, but full of the taste of fresh coconuts and whatever fruit you choose — I like mango to give it a real tropical feel. The texture isn’t quite like pudding or jello. It’s almost like soft tofu. It’s a little, only slightly firm and incredibly smooth. This recipe is the perfect end to a big, fancy dinner party. Nothing speaks louder than a simple dessert with fresh fruit after a filling meal! Even if your guests aren’t big on coconut, I find that no one can turn this jelly down. What Is Fresh Coconut Jelly? Fresh coconut jelly is made with very simple ingredients, including, of course, fresh coconut water. Add that with a few other key staples in your house, plus some unflavored gelatin powder, and you have a dessert that is unique and delicious! The flavor isn’t as strong as if you were chewing directly on some coconut, and the texture is quite possibly the silkiest thing you’ll ever have! Melo Melo is a dessert business in Southern California that pioneered this treat, and I couldn’t wait to try to make my own. What You Need To Make Fresh Coconut Jelly Measuring cups and spoons 6 (8-oz) cups or bowls Mixing bowls Medium saucepan Strainer How To Make Fresh Coconut Jelly This takes very minimum work, and the outcome is so delicious! Here’s how you make coconut jelly — and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements further down on the page.: First, set up your 6 (8-oz) cups or bowls on a small tray and set them aside. In a small bowl, add in your COLD milk and then sprinkle evenly with the gelatin. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes to let it bloom. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the coconut water, coconut milk, and sugar and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add in the bloomed gelatin and stir until it is fully melted, be sure the mixture is warm but not simmering. Once dissolved, pour the mixture through a strainer into a glass measuring cup with a pour spout. Divide the mixture evenly among your cups and then refrigerate until set, about 4-6 hours. Before serving, top with diced fresh fruit. Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips for Making Fresh Coconut Jelly This recipe will become just lightly set, and it won’t unmold easily, so it’s best to stick to individual servings instead of one large one. When heating the gelatin in the coconut water mixture, take care to heat gently and not let the mixture boil, or the gelatin may not set properly. The straining step is important to ensure properly dissolved sugar and gelatin. If there are any solids left in the strainer, you can return everything to the pot and continue to heat until all is dissolved. I love topping this jelly with mango and kiwi, but you can use papaya, bananas, or other soft, tropical fruit. Try a drizzle of chocolate sauce in place of or in addition to the fresh fruit! How Do I Store Coconut Jelly? You can store leftovers by covering them with plastic wrap and refrigerating them for up to 3 days. Now Make Pudding! 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Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 6 people Ingredients ¼ cup (2floz/60ml) whole milk (COLD)1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin powder2 cups (16floz/480ml) fresh coconut water1 cup (8floz/240ml) full fat coconut milk⅓ cup (2½oz/71g) granulated sugar2 cups (10oz/284g) diced mango (or fruit of your choice)2 kiwis (diced) Instructions Place 6 (8-oz) cups or bowls on a small tray and set aside.Add the COLD milk to a small bowl and sprinkle evenly with the gelatin. Set aside for 5-10 minutes to let bloom.In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the coconut water, coconut milk, and sugar and heat until the sugar is dissolved.Add the bloomed gelatin and stir until fully melted, making sure the mixture is warm but not simmering.Once dissolved, pour through a strainer into a glass measuring cup with a pour spout.Divide the mixture evenly among the cups on the tray and refrigerate until set, about 4-6 hours. Just before serving, top with diced fresh fruit. Cover leftovers and keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.