Festive Mint Jelly

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + standing Process: 10 min.


11 half-pints

Updated: Sep. 24, 2022
This festive-looking jelly from Naomi Giddis of Two Buttes, Colorado, can be served with lamb or used as a dessert topping. With its bright-green color, the jelly makes a great gift, too.


  • 4-1/2 cups water
  • 3 cups packed fresh mint, crushed
  • 7 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 to 4 drops green food coloring
  • 2 pouches (3 ounces each) liquid pectin


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water and mint to a boil. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 15 minutes. Strain, reserving 3-1/3 cups liquid (discard remaining liquid).
  2. In a Dutch oven, combine sugar, lemon juice, food coloring and reserved liquid. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1 minute. Add pectin; return to a boil. Cook and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Skim off foam. Ladle hot liquid into hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight. Place jars in canner with simmering water ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 62 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.