Gelo di Melone (Vegetarian Mellon Jello)

This is a light dessert ideal for the hot months when watermelon is available. I really like the use of cornstarch to thicken the liquid instead of gelatin. Jiggly jelly without gelatin and a delicious watermelon flavor!

Do not overcook the liquid or the end result will not be jiggly.

Recipe adapted from here

You will need for 2 servings
250 ml watermelon juice
20 gm corn starch
82 gm sugar
1 inch cinnamon (the one used for desserts)
1-2 drops vanilla extract

Cut the watermelon into pieces small enough to fit into the blender. Puree the watermelon and strain it through a fine sieve. You will need 250 ml of this juice.

To 50 ml of the juice add the corn starch and whisk until it dissolves. To a thick bottomed pan add the remaining watermelon juice, the corn starch mixtures, sugar, cardamon and vanilla. Bring it to a boil stirring frequently. Lower the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until it thickens. Whisk almost continuously to prevent burning. Turn off heat.

Rinse the molds. Pour the jello into the wet molds. Chill overnight in the refrigerator. Invert mold on a plate and garnish with pistachios.



  1. This sounds and looks so easy...will surely make it.

  2. indeed a light dessert for summer days. Love the color of the jello.

  3. Hmm, I wish I had seen your post earlier. I'm actually typing while eating a bowl of leftover watermelon. I could have made this refreshing dessert with it.. Dang it @&^@#&@$%.

  4. jello is a good choice to end the italian meal ...i think the other desserts like tiramisu need a dedicated time of their own to consume

  5. My kids love such desserts! Looks so good and once again bookmarking this too :)

  6. oh cute, looks lovely and that shape, definitely bookmarked!!! :)


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