Every summer my family and I head East to Boston’s South Shore for a bit of rest and relaxation. One of our favorite activities to do together is hunt for sea glass on New England’s beaches. On our living room mantle sits a jar of sea glass. We add a handful of collected glass to our “jar” every year and we glance at it often, thinking about our summer vacations past and future. It’s just something we like to do, and if you live near beaches where ocean-tumbled glass washes ashore, perhaps you can relate. Here’s some of our collected loot from this year:
I thought I’d make a little treat to celebrate our beloved sea glass this summer: Sea Glass Jello (adapted from The Food Librarian). I decided to use the three colors that are most easily found in sea glass- orange (or amber), green, and blue (most treasured, but a little trickier to find!) Three containers – three flavors- mix each with 1 cup of hot water & refrigerate until firm.
Once firm, cut into small cubes (exact size doesn’t matter… just rough cut cubes) and place them into a 9×13-inch pyrex pan. Mix up the colors so they’re not all bunched together.
Mix 2 envelopes of plain gelatin in a bowl with 1/2 cup cold water, 1 1/2 cups hot water and a can of sweetened condensed milk. Pour it over the jello cubes.
Refrigerate until firm (overnight is best).
Cut into slices and place on a platter. These treats can be eaten hand-held.
The sweetened condensed milk mixture is a lovely sweet gelatin that wraps itself around the fruity cubes of jello. These are indeed a favorite with children, but they are a fun one for adults too. Use any colors/flavors you’d like. Of course, I’d like to tell you that it’s mandatory that these be made in the summer, but then again… they’re a nice reminder any time of year of beaches and summer vacations 🙂
This recipe, with complete instructions, can be found here: Sea Glass Jello
If you’re a fan of sea glass, you might be interested in checking out this sea glass jewelry from Kieli Storm, whose small studio is located in Scituate, MA: Silver Storm & Co. I buy a piece of sea glass jewelry from her every summer. It’s beautiful, very well-made jewelry. She hunts for the sea glass herself (doesn’t buy it in bulk) and she’ll also make custom pieces from sea glass that you’ve found yourself.