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{Day 18} Raspberry Spider aka ice cream soda jelly

Sugar. That’s what every child’s food dreams are made of. And every parents’ nightmares as they leave the dentist’s with one hole filled and a bigger one in their wallet.

When I asked Mr Chipconnoiseur, a big kid at heart,  if he had any jelly ideas he would like me to try he straight away suggested I should try to recreate the Spider. Ahhh, what would I do without him and his brilliant ideas?

To make the Spider, also known as an ice cream soda or float, I used raspberry creaming soda because it is pretty and pink – quite fitting for the theme of the Royal Selangor Get Your Jelly On challenge, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Colourful sprinkles completed the jelly and I simply couldn’t wait to try it, so when I unmoulded it after about 3 hours it was still very wob-b-ly! That’s what made it more fun I think, too!

It tasted exactly how I had imagined it would. Creamy, fresh but slightly tangy from the fizz of the soda and with enough of a sugar hit to knock out an elephant. Just what kids love, right? Mr Chipconnoisseur is right: ’tis fun being a big kid sometimes, I’m sold on this one!

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Makes 1 cone (or cup)

Raspberry ice cream soda (spider) jelly

You could use cola instead of a raspberry soda, and even opt out for a more grown up version using pink grapefruit or blood orange organic sodas. They are much better for you that way you will avoid artificial colours and additives. You could even spike it with some vodka for an ultimate in grown up / childhood food remakes.

  • 200ml raspberry soda
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • 1 tbsp gelatin
  • 2 tbsp boiling water
  • colourful sprinkles

To make the spider jelly: pour soda into a measuring jug. Place gelatin and boiling water into a small bowl and mix until dissolved. Pop ice cream into the soda and mix well – it will froth up, that’s what you want. Add dissolved gelatin and mix quickly.

Fill the mould about 1/3 of the way up and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to start setting. Sprinkle over with some sprinkles. Remove and top up with another 1/3 of the liquid. This will help the frothy ice cream move to the side. Sprinkle over with some sprinkles. Chill in the freezer for another 10 minutes then top up with the rest and recorate with more sprinkles.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

To serve: remove from mould and serve with an extra scoop of vanilla ice cream if you like. Enjoy like any big or small kid would!


Anne S October 18, 2011 at 8:31 am

Mr Chipconnoisseur’s idea is brilliant! Keep him on as a consultant 🙂

Three-Cookies October 18, 2011 at 8:49 am

After the salmon terrine this makes a good dessert, not very heavy. Whats next?

Iron Chef Shellie October 18, 2011 at 9:21 am

VERY creative!!! love a spider 😀

chocolatesuze October 18, 2011 at 9:52 am

<3 the pink!!!

Mez October 18, 2011 at 10:28 am


If I wasn’t having a Mister Whippy van at the impending engagement party I’d be whipping up mini versions of this.

Love it!!!

sara October 18, 2011 at 10:40 am

So cool! This is super cute and festive!

Tammy October 18, 2011 at 10:44 am

This is awesome, sugar or not, I’m making this!

Timothy R October 18, 2011 at 10:45 am

Quite nice photo of the jelly reflecting in the mould. It’s gorgeous and the fizzy taste sounds nice.

Sharni October 18, 2011 at 10:46 am

Soooooo cute! Love the plate too… the dots look like giant sprinkles. Great idea

ChopinandMysaucepan October 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

You were right about something for the adults and kiddies. Looks like we are all doing something with all the berries that are in season. Love the colours and your plate too!

Mila October 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

This looks so pretty and fun

Emily October 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm

This definitely brings me back in time to my childhood days. I haven’t had a spider in a long, long time. Might try this at home.

sportsglutton October 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Looks like a ton of fun to eat. If I had kids I’d make it for them. 😉

Roxana B October 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Kids would love this

jasmine1485 October 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I’m a sucker for anything in rainbow colours so of course i love the sprinkles 🙂

Mel October 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

What a creative idea – a childhood favourite drink transformed into jelly! You remind me of one fantastical Heston B! Haha

Nic October 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Wow! I really really wanto to try this, maybe on the weekend. And might make the grown up version spiked with a little vodka!

Nami | Just One Cookbook October 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I’m really struggling not to crave for this. In fact it’s quite hard. I love the pink color and oh my it’s so pretty!!!!!!!! How can I just close the window and leave your blog. Well I should catch up with your past posts I missed first… wonderful work!!!

sara (Belly Rumbles) October 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I use to love ice cream sodas, or spiders when I was a kid, what a great idea for a trip down memory lane. It’s pink too 🙂

muppy October 18, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Great idea Mr Chipconnoiseur 🙂 and you did an amazing job

Sissi October 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I cannot imagine any child who would resist this glowing pink jelly! (Or any adult in fact 😉 )

msihua October 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm

That literally looks spectacular!! Love the bright splash of colour in the jelly!

Hooi Peng Soon October 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm

It looks so good and yummy! Feels like a ‘coke/raspberry float’ but in jelly version … yum!

TC October 18, 2011 at 11:56 pm

that looks crazy. lol!

Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide October 19, 2011 at 3:17 am

You know you’re never going to go back to normal shaped food. You’re going to do this with everything!

Wholesome Cook October 19, 2011 at 9:37 am

I totally agree! Very addictive!

Geni - Sweet and Crumby October 19, 2011 at 7:02 am

So cool looking! Love the bright color!

Alison October 19, 2011 at 8:05 am

I have got to try these! Thanks for sharing. Anything pink is perfect, but this is even better with the sprinkles!

Apple @Polkadotsandchopsticks October 19, 2011 at 10:25 am

*squeals* It’s so fun! Definitely my favourite jelly so far!
Takes me back to when I was a kid with Spiders and fairy bread. Ah the good ole days! 🙂

rsmacaalay October 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

So colorful, its a kaleidoscope of flavours and colours

Vivian - vxdollface October 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm

love the colours!

Ninazsyafinaz October 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm


Amber October 20, 2011 at 2:14 am

So cute, looks like a birthday party in a bite! 😉

Jessy (squeezetheday) October 21, 2011 at 6:20 am

Wow, what a creative and fun dessert!

Ming October 26, 2011 at 5:41 am

Cute, want to make this using cola instead. 🙂

Ally October 30, 2011 at 3:19 am

You don’t happen to have a conversion to use agar for this too, do you?

Wholesome Cook October 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm

If a 7g packet of agar sets just under 1l of liquid then to set 1 cup you would need about 1.75g. Hard to measure – agar is very sensitive and even a small amount could affect the result. Probably best to make out of 2 cups and use 1/2 of the 7g packet. I hope that makes sense.

nj greek October 30, 2011 at 10:28 am


Jean L. October 30, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I wonder how the name “spider” came about. I think your jelly is too pretty to share the name of the crawly critters. Anyway, I LO-HOVE fizzy jelly. There used to be a drink available in Asian countries called Shake Shake by Fanta (see http://mochachocolatarita.blogspot.com/2009/10/shake-shake-fanta-jelly-loving-my.html) and I really enjoyed it but I don’t know if it’s still available.

Sharn October 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm

That is so clever! The bubbles are amazing! Not a huge fan of Spiders, but this looks so cute.

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