Jelly and ice cream. The staple of every child’s birthday party. (As well as my other half’s 21st birthday – but that’s another story…)
The Victorians particularly loved moulded jellies and created beautiful displays.
Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, 1861, contains some beautiful Victorian images of desserts created with moulds.
In the 1950’s jellies became popular again as the dutiful housewife was called upon to entertain the boss and to outdo the wives of other employees. The jellies became progressively odder, often with unusual savoury flavour combinations, as these American advertisements show…celery flavour anyone?
Not sure the kids would like this tomato version at a birthday party!
These days silicone moulds are popular as they are easier to store and use, but there are many people who love the simple beauty of the original moulds. Including me!
Copper, glass, ceramic and aluminium moulds are all collected; they are all gorgeous in their own way and look especially beautiful displayed in groups.
This lovely collection of nine British jelly moulds were sold in the US for $420 last year in Portsmouth, NH. They are all particularly lovely examples but a little pricey for those looking to start a collection on a budget. Luckily, there are lovely examples still around starting from just a few pounds. At Old Hat we have a pretty selection of ceramic moulds available, including these pretties…
Older moulds can still be used to create wobbly desserts. Demoulding the jelly can be tricky; I have lined an old mould successfully with cling film as a little ‘cheats method’ but a quick visit to YouTube and Muriel can show you how easy it can be. (Personally, I might have used a little less water in her mix as her jelly appears soft – but maybe that’s me being picky! Click on her pic to see what you think…)
Love the look of the moulds but want to do something even more creative? Many antique and vintage jelly moulds are also ripe for repurposing:
These pendant lamps can be found on Not on the High Street. A twist on the industrial look – kitchen industrial?
Here moulds have been used as planters. (Not my favourite use for the ceramic ones as the intricate designs on the interior are lost, but it would be okay where the mould is damaged I suppose).
Here the mould is simply used as a pretty serving dish.
Be careful though; once you start a collection, it may be difficult to stop…
The Old Hat range of vintage jelly moulds will be added to the online shop over the next few days; pop back to check them out or pop into the shop.
See you soon!