This easy frog in the pond dessert is a classic Australian kid's party food. A fun and nostalgic treat that's loved by both kids and kids at heart.
These chocolate frog in a pond jelly cups are classic Australian children's party food.
Recipe tips and frequently asked questions
What is frog in the pond?
Frog in the pond is a simple Australian kids' party food treat. A fun combination of green or blue jelly and chocolate frogs.
Is frog in a pond Australian?
Yes it's Australian. One of the key ingredients, Freddo frogs, was invented by Harry Melbourne in Australia in the 1930s.
Where can I buy chocolate frogs?
In Australia chocolate frogs are readily available. Freddo frogs are the most popular brand but you can also get more traditionally frog-shaped chocolate frogs from many chocolate and lollie (candy) shops.
Outside Australia I have seen chocolate frogs for sale from both Amazon or Walmart. Harry Potter chocolate frogs appear to be suitable as does De La Rosa Ranita Croa frog-shaped chocolate. In the UK Tuck Shop chocolate frogs seem to be suitable.
If you simply can't get hold of chocolate frogs you can make your own chocolate frogs using chocolate moulds. Or you could use gummy frogs instead and put them on top of jelly so they look like they are floating on top of the pond. (disclaimer none of these are sponsored in anyway, I just did some digging on the internet and this is what I found. I have not personally ordered these products from any of these shops).
How do I make Christmas frog in a pond?
To make a Christmas version simply use red and green jelly. Half fill the cups with red or green jelly and allow to set for at least one and a half hours. Make the other colour and allow the jelly to cool, then fill the cup with jelly and continue to make the recipe.
Blue and green jelly: also known as jello. You can use any jelly colour that's 'pond' colour such as different blues or greens.
Chocolate frogs: Freddo frogs are traditionally used in this dessert but any kind of chocolate frog will work, provided they fit in the cups. You can also use gummy frogs if you can't get chocolate frogs.
How to make Frog In The Pond
Boil some water. Add one packet of the jelly to a heatproof jug. Add the packet of jelly. Add one cup of boiling water and stir stir stir until all the jelly crystals are dissolved. Add a cup of cold water and stir.
Allow to cool for a few minutes, then pour into clear cups. Put the jelly cups into a covered container and chill in the fridge for at least four hours or until the jelly has fully set. Make up the other colour jelly if using and pour into cups.
Once the jelly has set, just before serving put a small slit into the jelly with a sharp knife. Gently push the frog into the jelly pond and you're done!
There are two alternative ways of making this, but ultimately they all get to the same place more or less.
The first is to add the frogs to the cup leaning against the side and pour over the jelly. Make sure the jelly has cooled or you risk melting your chocolate frogs. The second is to wait two hours until the jelly has partly set, then put the frogs in so the jelly finished setting around it.
I personally prefer the first method as I described above, as I like to see the cute frogs peeking out of the 'pond'. If the frogs are immersed in the jelly for too long this can make the texture of the chocolate go a bit soft. The kids probably won't care but I find it less pleasant to eat.
How to serve
To serve these frogs in a pond pop them onto a plate, grab and spoon and enjoy! Don't forget to leave some for the kids!
How to store
You can store the jelly cups without slits and frogs added for up to seven days in a covered container in the fridge. Do not add the frogs until just before serving or they will sink!
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Frog In The Pond
- 12 see through plastic cups
- 1 packet green jelly such as lime or apple
- 1 packet blue jelly
- 12 chocolate frog lollies such as Freddo
- Boil some water. Add one packet of the jelly to a heatproof jug.
- Add the packet of jelly. Add one cup of boiling water and stir stir stir until all the jelly crystals are dissolved.
- Add a cup of cold water and stir. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then pour into clear cups. Make up the other colour jelly if using and pour into cups.
- Put the jelly cups into a covered container and chill in the fridge for at least four hours or until the jelly has fully set.
- Once the jelly has set, just before serving put a small slit into the jelly with a sharp knife. Gently push the frog into the jelly pond and you're done!
- Add the frogs to the cup, then pour over cooled jelly. Chill in fridge until set.
- Allow the jelly to set for approx. two hours, then push in the frogs and continue to set until firm.
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