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“Jelly is so close to human flesh. That is why it’s delightful for us, because it’s made out of gelatin. It starts off quivering, then there’s a sort of lustrous motion as it dissolves in the mouth. There’s something rather fleshy about it, which I think is wonderful.” --Sam Bompas
Jelly, with its creepy, wobbly, wiggly appearance, inspired me to write my newest novel, It Must Be Jelly, about a killer jelly mold. In the course of my research, I found Bompas & Parr, a London-based design firm specializing in incredible jellies. In this episode, Sam Bompas of Bompas & Parr talks with me about the horror and humor of jelly and why it captivates our attention so fully.
You can follow Bompas & Parr on Instagram @bompasandparr, order their book, Jelly, on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Jelly-Bompas-Parr-glorious-spectacular/dp/1862058792), visit their website (https://bompasandparr.com/ ), watch them make a jelly (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwhkA4gdffE ), or read more about them and their work (https://www.ft.com/content/3b83cb0a-bf43-4eae-ba8e-61cf50b6f93b ).
If you’re interested in the article I first read that inspired me, you can find it here at Atlas Obscura: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/gelatin-art
As for the recipe, I tried this one (https://www.thespruceeats.com/strawberry-jelly-recipe-435894 ), but substituted frozen, thawed mixed berries for the fresh strawberries.
As Sam says, “Our challenge to listeners: What would you do with jelly? Where will it take your imagination?”
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