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Chu Jelly

From the Legend of Zelda Series by Nintendo 

As most of you nerds probably know, later this month the latest Zelda title Skyward Sword will be released for the Wii! A while back I started a poll asking my readers which new Zelda recipe they'd like to see for the coming release of the game, and to my surprise, Chu Jelly won! The three other options included Elixir Soup, Rock Sirloin and Lon Lon Milk. I had a good idea at what I'd do for all four scenarios, and not to worry, I do plan to make them all in time. A girl's gotta save some love for future Zelda releases! I want to thank those of you who helped brainstorm over how to make Chu Jelly a reality on the Facebook page, there were some really great ideas being thrown around which I've tried to blend and incorporate into the final product. As Zelda fans will know, Chu Jelly is an edible bottle item in some of the newer Zelda titles. The jelly is obtained by defeating Chus or ChuChus, a sort of blob-like enemy which usually hangs out in dark damp areas like caves and dungeons.  Different color Chu Jellies do different things, but typically restore Link's magic or health. Yellow Chu Jelly can be used as lantern oil, and is a life saver for our boy Link if he is stuck in a dark place. I've decided to go with a homemade jello recipe, including fruit juice to act as a sort of healthy restorative and tonic water to make the jelly UV reactive. This is definitely one of the easiest recipes to put together. Seriously, a creepy mentally stunted man-fairy could do it. However, it requires purchasing a suitable bottle for better accuracy and fun. You can find many different kinds of glass bottles online, I suggest finding one on Etsy. Or you could, I dunno, find some "special chickens" for a dude that looks suspiciously like Mario, but really Etsy is way easier. Also, in order for the jelly to glow when exposed to a black light, tonic water is needed. Tonic water has a bitter taste, so it can be substituted with regular water if taste is bigger priority to you than UV reactive jelly. On the 20th when Skyward Sword is released, you can have yourself a veritable Zelda feast and also put together some of Yeto's Pumpkin Soup and Chateau Romani for the occasion. Happy gaming adventures, Hylians! 


Ingredients

3 cups Fruit Juice (I used Passionfruit but any juice will do, Apple will make it more transparent)

1 cup Tonic Water (regular water can substituted if you don't want the bitterness, but tonic water will make the jelly glow in a black light!)

Food Dyes (the colors of the Chu Jelly you want to emulate)

4 packets Gelatin

Honey or other sweetener (optional)

A glass pitcher or funnel


Directions
Make sure you have all your ingredients ready and accessible, because we are working with hot liquid and time-senstive gelatin. Bring your juice and tonic water to a boil. If you are adding sweetener to the mix to mask the tonic taste, add it as it boils. After the liquid has reached a boil, SLOWLY stir in the gelatin with a wooden spoon, careful not to add too much at once or it may clump. Pour the liquid into the pitcher. Add the liquid from the pitcher to your bottles. If you are using a funnel, funnel the liquid directly into your bottles. Add a few drops of the food coloring you want for that particular bottle into the liquid, and stir until the color is consistent throughout the bottle. Once the bottles look right, refrigerate them for about two hours or until the jelly has become a more jelly-like texture. Your can eat your jelly with a spoon, or you can stir the jelly up, add a small amount of additional juice, and drink it like Link. Also, no one tells you in the game, but Chu Jelly tastes totally great with whipped cream. Whip yourself up some Lon Lon cream and put it on top!
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  1. Lol "Links to this post." Thought it said "Link to the past."

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  2. Those bottles look a lot like the ones Starbucks uses for frappucinos...so I told my husband I needed to get a case of them so I can make chu jelly. His voice said "Okay..." but the look on his face said "Yeah, she's finally lost it."

    *ahem* anyway, thanks for the recipe! I am really excited to make this!

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  3. I'm considering making some for a friend for a gift, can it be refrigerated easily and such?

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  4. What about some purple chu jelly with an alcoholic twist (jell-o shots a la LoZ)? You never knew what would happen when you drank the purple jelly in Twilight Princess, and similarly when you introduce jell-o shots to a party, the outcome can be rather unpredictable...

    I love your blog! I came across it searching to see if anyone had attempted to recreate Yeto's soup. As long as it's cold outside, may I suggest Grandma's elixir soup from Wind Waker? I know--another orange-ish soup, and this time the recipe is a total toss-up; but I was thinking maybe a bouillabaisse (turned golden with saffron) or a curried vegetable stew with lots of turmeric. I guess in this case the only indispensable ingredient is LOVE :D

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  5. love your blog i just stumbled across it today through Zelda universe on my twitter account, but whenever you do decide to make another recipe for zelda, DO THE ROCK SIRLOIN, Ima keep on checking out your blog and hopefully next time you have a poll on it ill vote for that, any way thanks for the great recipes! cant wait to try more of them out.

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  6. Now Jeff has the right idea

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  7. Jeff--I made the jello as described above, and when I wanted to drink it, I added rum instead of more apple juice. The results were VERY entertaining.

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  8. When I heard what wildirishrose said about the Starbucks Frappucino bottles, I looked for some of them the next time I went to the grocery. When I found them, I realized that the company prints the labels directly on the bottles, which ruins the illusion of them being a Zelda bottle.

    Luckily, I was at my local Kroger, and they had Kroger-brand knock-offs of the Starbucks Frappucino in bottles that not only are the perfect size and shape for Link to use, but the labels are in the form of plastic that is wrapped around the bottles. Just remove the plastic wrapper, and voila - you have the perfect bottle to drink Chu Jelly from.

    I hope this helps anyone else wanting to fix this recipe in an authentic-looking container. Remember - Kroger-brand Frappucino bottles!

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  9. Just made some, but with apple juice. I dunno if it's the brand of juice I used, or the gelatin I used. But it came out terribly. It smelled bad, and tasted bad. The consistency was awesome for Chu jelly though! Just don't think I'll be using apple juice. lol

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    1. If you used tonic water, that is the culprit. Tonic water is unpleasant but it is what makes the substance glow in a blacklight.

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  10. Anon above, did you use tonic water? Tonic water tastes very bitter, so that's probably it. It says in the recipe to only use it if you are planning to make the jelly glow in the black light but it is not necessary and will make the jelly not taste as good.

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    1. I agree, I nixed the tonic water the second time I made it, I don't have a blacklight anyway and the taste was not worth it. Maybe if it were alcoholic!

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  11. Is there a substitute for gelatin? I didn't add tonic water, however I noticed that the fragrant fruity smell quickly disappeared after adding gelatin, to be replaced by a very off/artificial smell. So I surmise that the gelatin is the problem.

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    1. I am not aware of any substitute for gelatin, I'm sorry!

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    2. Fruit pectan might work.

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  12. Hey, I was just wondering exactly how much gelatin is four packets?
    I couldn't get the packet form, only in a big container. Help please anyone???

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    1. Hey there! It's 1 tablespoon or 1/4 ounce.

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  13. Do you think this could work with commercial jello powder?

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    1. I don't see why not! I would not add the juice in that case though.

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  14. Love this idea! Just served this at a party and it turned out so cute! The only thing I did differently was use only 1 packet of gelatin instead of all 4. This made it look more like liquid but still solid enough to be called jelly. It's soft enough too that we could drink it out of the bottles through straws real easily.

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  15. I am going to try it for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. anything that can replace the food dryes(i dont care what color).

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  17. Like the recipie do u have a recipie for mushroom spores from legend of zelda skywars sword

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  18. ^ ps sorry about the error

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  19. Hey, I plan on taking this to an anime convention, how long would it last without refrigeration?

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  20. i have a suggestion. Have you ever read the Redwall books? They always make me hungry cause they feast like there's no tomorrow. I also have a suggestion for the E Cans from Megaman

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  21. Please make Lon Lon milk please!!!

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  22. How much does each batch make? One bottle's worth?

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