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My apologies.  I neglected to include this important item in the previous post.  In fact, in order to make up for the oversight, I’ll double your pleasure AND double your fun by giving you two for the price of one (I didn’t mean for that to rhyme.  Honest.)

Anyway, I want to share with you a recipe that is a classic Australian dish.  I don’t suppose there is an Australian–at least not one who spent his/her childhood here–who did not have this treat for at least one or two birthdays.  It is a frequent item on pub menus for kids.   I searched the web and found many recipes for it, and am  including two of the best for your consideration.  I hope you try it soon!  A nice picker-upper in the post-holiday malaise.  For you Americans, “jelly” means Jello. 

Frog-in-a-Pond Recipe #1

Frogs in the lily pond

 “Keep it simple, make it colourful, prepare ahead – and pare back.”

 3 x 85g packets green jelly (Jello)

  • 12 large jelly frogs or 24 small frogs
  • Flower sweets


Make the jelly according to instructions on the packet and pour half of it evenly between 12 small wide glasses. Place glasses in the fridge until the jelly is almost set. Place 1 or 2 frogs on top of each jelly and top up glasses with remaining jelly. Refrigerate until set. Decorate with small flowers.

Can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored covered in the fridge. Place flowers on jellies on the day of the party.

With a little inspiration, imagination and forward planning, a day involving screaming hordes of children descending on your home in search of fairy bread can be fun.

Makes 12.

Author: Lynne Mullins,  Source: The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday July 6, 2004 Modern, Quick, Contemporary, Kid-friendly, Wheat free, Dairy free, Nut free, Egg free, Dessert

Recipe #2

Frog in a Pond 

(This is the more traditional version)

  • Prep Time: 1 hr
  • Total Time: 1 hr
  • Servings: 4-6

About This Recipe

“I used to make these for my kids for their parties and special occassions and they used to love them. It seems nearly every pub in Australia has these on the kids menu! lol I thought there would be a heap of these recipes on zaar….but no! These are best made in clear glasses and the number of frogs you need depends on the size you make!” 

By Tisme on August 12, 2008


  • 85 g lime jelly crystals  (1 pkg Jello)
  • chocolate frogs


  1. Make up jelly following instructions on pack.
  2. Pour desired amount of jelly into individual serving bowls and chill until set.
  3. Add chocolate frog in each by placing them in the jelly pond.


 Enjoy!                 MM