lychee jelly hearts

Lychee Jelly Hearts

just days ago
dw & i celebrated our
3 year anniversary
celebrated is kind of a strong word
unless it’s defined as
hanging out on the couch
with lap blankets
chocolate chip cookies
and airbnb options on the tv screen
then yes,
we whooped it up good
on sunday
we are such party animals

all i know is:
we finally FINALLY
booked accommodations for our honeymoon
i made tentative plans with
high school
AND middle school classmates
researched where to find the best
khao man gai
and cried my eyes out when
we put down a deposit to visit the elephants

and during my melt down,
very similar to our 2nd date!!
when we saw biutiful
and i SOBBED during a scene,
dw comforted me
only this time
i was totally crying in happiness,
in part cus of the elephants
and cus
damnit, my eyes have been really dry
since the lasik surgery
and i’ll take extra moisture
anywhere i can get it

Lychee Jelly Hearts

anyway
for vday this year
i made jelly candy
my beloved enjoys snacking
and these are the best kind

dw:
i love you
more than pho
more than there are stars in the sky
more than seven jeans that make my ass look great
more than tom hiddleston
let’s be each other’s mushy gushy valentines
forever

Lychee Jelly Hearts

lychee jelly hearts
adapted from the jewels of ny

1/3 cup lychee syrup (canned, cus i wasn’t about to juice them fresh, THEY’RE NOT AVAIL HERE ANYWAY)
1/3 cup water
2 packets gelatin
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup lychee, chopped up nice & small (the original recipe calls for the use of store-bought jam. knock yourself out, just use a mild/neutral flavored jam, like apricot)
2 TBL a red jam, i used wendi’s cherry jam (optional, for color only)
2 tsp lemon juice
zest of lemon, optiuonal

lightly oil 8X8 baking pan

in a bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/3 cup of water. ignore for 5 minutes, let the gelatin soften.

in saucepan, combine syrup with sugar, stir over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. add in the applesauce and lychee bits, and red jam if using, and mix until well combined. add in the gelatin mixture and bring to a boil. at this point you can vitamix it smooth, or keep the chunks if you want. pour mixture into prepared baking pan, allow to cool to room temp and then transfer to fridge until firm, 3 hours.

cut into squares, or if you’re being cutesy, use 1/2″ cookie cutters. i had dw fashion small hearts for me made out of strips of aluminum from a soda can, like when i made goldfish crackers.

dredge in some sugar to coat. BAM.

store in airtight container in fridge for up to a week

Lychee Jelly Hearts

happy heart day, friends.

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21 thoughts on “lychee jelly hearts

    1. hi allison,
      i asked dw what it tasted like: it definitely does have a strong lychee taste to it. when i told him the ingredients he said that upon further reflection, there is definitely the apple sauce factor in there, as is the lemon & cherry flavors. they complement the lychee flavor but they do have their distinct touches.

  1. Your Vday tribute/snack for DW is soooo cute! I’m so excited for you guys to take your trip, see the elephants, and eat khao man gai!
    I’m super jelly

    Like envious, not jelly like these delcious-sounding candies!

  2. Happy anniversary to you and dw! (You guys and your version of being party animals is pretty much the same as for me & Paula… : )

    I ❤ lychee so much! But I'm intimidated to use gelatin in my cooking… is that weird? I think it's weird, especially considering that I purchase it every once in a while in order to force myself to try using it and then I don't! Like I have some in my cabinets right now, but have no idea what to do with it. This recipe is giving me some ideas though…

  3. Lan, I know this is a little late, but I’m glad you & dw had a nice valentine’s. I loved reading your ramblings about him and how much you love him – it’s hopeful and wonderful at the same time! These lychee hearts are incredible cute, and what a fantastic idea to transform boring jelly into pretty snacks! Sending love!

  4. wowwww…how great they look, so simple and delicious, somthing sweet to give to the person you love or mean something to you..very good this recipe 😉

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