As strange as this recipe may sound, my curiousity overcame me, and I had to try it. My whole family loves this jelly. It is great put on waffles, or on PBJ sandwiches. Try it! It's great!
I was making fruit jam when I came across this recipe. I just had to try it. It came out wonderful. I am planning to make several batches of this recipe, the candy apple jelly recipe and the banana marmilade recipe to give to friends for christmas with a half gallon of ice cream.
This is a really great recipe. My batch only ended up making 1 1/2 pints on my first try, but I will definately try again.
The first time I made this exactly according to the recipe, and it wasn't quite strong enough for my taste, but I didn't have any rootbeer extract, so ever since I've just put in an entire 12oz bottle of pop (minus one sip for the cook) and left out the 1/2 cup of water. The color and flavor are stronger that way. I've made this recipe several times recently with different kinds of pop; rootbeer, orange cream, and grape. I think the grape is my favorite so far. Tip, use the liquid pectin as stated in the recipe. Once, I was out of liquid pectin, and tried to make a batch of orange cream jelly with this recipe and a package of powdered pectin. I got a very liquidy, very sweet syrup. Great for italian sodas, but if you want jelly, use liquid pectin.
I was quite interested so, I made this and we LOVE it! I also added a teaspoon of root beer extract to "punch" up the root beer flavour, quite tasty! My next project is "orange cream"soda jelly.
I am back to review this again. The first time I made this was in 2003 and had suchwonder ful success with it I am back again. What a wonderful recipe. The soft drink choices are endless!! I used Mello Yello and IBC cream soda this time around with wonderful results and taste!! I urge beginners and everyone to try this! Is very easy and very good!! You MUST use liquid pectin!!
where I live, liquid Certo is sold in a box of 2-85 ml packages. I found 1-85 ml pkg. work great with this recipe.
First off, this makes 3 and a half x 1/2 pint jars. No jelly with less than 5 cups of ingredients makes 6 cups of product. That being said, this turned out excellent. I used 12 oz of root beer, no water, a 3oz packet of liquid Certo and it jelled great. I don't care for root beer at all, but my family loves it. My SO tasted out of the half jar and declared "This is great!".
I enjoyed making this. I tried it using Dr. Pepper. I used the whole can of soda and a pkg. of Certo instead of water and it gelled out nicely. My only problem was convincing my conservative friends to actually try it. Once I brought it out they all sampled it on a cracker and were fine with it, no oohs and ahhs though. Upon surveying them, they all seem willing to try the orange creme once I make that. I'd like to make a Blackberry Vernors also.
After processing in a hot water bath, you can turn upside down on a towel. This hurries the sealing process.