Largest Jelly Since the Dawn of Time (2012)
Our first jelly commission was to make a jelly the size of a castle, in the shape of a castle. Sounds amazing. But it didn’t work out.
Most jellies (and certainly those you’d want to eat) are relatively small, maxing out at about two litres (which isn’t anywhere near castle-sized). When they get much larger, the weight of liquid tears the jelly apart and you are left with a sticky puddle rather than a spectacular wobbly dessert.
Learning from those mistakes, we’ve since created jelly spectaculars on a grand scale.
We’ve always had a lot of respect for the Army’s Royal Logistics Corps. As well as keeping front line troops supplied with fresh tanks, ammunition, food and letters, in 1997, they helped us make what was then the world’s biggest jelly at Blackpool Zoo. The dessert was almost one meter tall by seven meters wide and took about 12 hours to set with a blast chiller.
Earlier this year we had a chance to tackle the record again as part of the Museums at Night 2012 ‘Connect10’ initiative. Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s steamship, the SS Great Britain in Bristol had put in a bid for us to set the listed vessel in a sea of jelly, and we’re delighted to say, we won the public vote to actually make it happen.
The dry-docked SS Great Britain is surrounded by a plate of glass covered with harbour water, to insulate and preserve the iron hull. Our challenge was to fill this plate with a vast jelly measuring 55,000 litres and stretching to over two Olympic swimming pools in length, thereby setting the ship in a fruity gel matrix.
It was a herculean effort. The budget was so small that we had to raid our storerooms and suppliers for all the ingredients we could and called on the muscle power of the local probation team to mix the jelly.
We created a jelly spectacular like no other, culminating in the largest jelly feast in the history of mankind.