Panna Cotta with fruit

American Jiggle-O (Vanilla Panna Cotta)

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American Jiggle-O (Creamy Vanilla  Panna Cotta)

Bring a little jiggle to your next party with Creamy Vanilla  Panna Cotta.  You need to plan ahead with this dessert, but it is an easy dessert that you can whip up in 15-20 minutes.  Panna Cotta is so smooth and delicious- so impressive and so versatile.

Creamy Vanilla Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is a classic dessert that has captured the hearts and taste buds of people around the world. This luxurious and creamy dessert is made up of cream, sugar, gelatin, and vanilla, has a long history that dates back to ancient Rome. However, the birthplace of panna cotta is believed to be the Piedmont region of Italy.
The name ‘panna cotta’ literally translates to ‘cooked cream’ in Italian. This rich and velvety dessert was initially created as a way to use up leftover cream. The first recorded mention of panna cotta goes back to the 1960s, when it was served in northern Italy.
Panna cotta quickly became popular in Italy as it was the perfect way to showcase the richness and quality of dairy products. It was traditionally served with a fruit coulis or caramel sauce, and its silky texture and delicate flavor won the hearts of many.
Panna cotta soon spread throughout Europe and the US, and it has since become a staple dessert on the menu of many fine dining restaurants. The versatility of panna cotta has also made it a popular choice in contemporary cuisine, where chefs experiment with unique flavors and presentations.
In recent years, panna cotta has gained a renewed popularity, with new recipes and variations emerging in the culinary world. While the classic panna cotta recipe remains unchanged, many chefs and food enthusiasts have added their own twists on this delicious dessert.

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Panna Cotta with fruit
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American Jiggle-O

Creamy Vanilla Panna Cotta
Prep Time20 minutes
Chilling Time5 hours
Total Time5 hours 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cream, Custard, easy, Flan, Italian dessert, Panna Catta, Panna Cotta, Pudding, vanilla
Yield: 6
Author: Anita Longerman


The Jiggle part

  • packages Unflavored Gelatin powder (approx 3 ¼ teaspoons)
  • 4 Tbsp Water

Cream Mixture


  • 6-8 Mint leaves
  • 6-8 Raspberries
  • 6-8 Blueberries


Prepare the Jiggle

  • In a small bowl, mix the gelatin and water, and allow to moisten for 3-5 minutes

Prepare Cream Mixture

  • Mix Heavy cream, Sugar, and Vanilla Bean scrapings in a medium pot
  • Simmer this mixture over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring constantly
  • Take off of the heat and continue stirring for 1 minute
  • Add the Jiggle, and stir to dissolve the clumpy mixture
  • Pour mixture into 6-8 glass ramekins or silicone cups
  • Refrigerate for at least 5 hours

Garnish when cool

  • If using the ramekins, garnish with a mint leaf, raspberries, and blueberries
  • If using silicone cups, the angled sides allow you to flip the dessert onto a dessert plate and garnish with mint and berries

Unflavored gelatin brings the Jiggle!

Mix It Up:

Serve in a ramekin, or use angled silicone cups- and flip your Panna Cotta out and top with fruit

Version 2:  Mocha-Chocolate American Jiggle-O

In a double boiler, melt 6 oz of Ghirardelli baking chips in a double boiler

Add 2 Tbsp Instant Expresso, and 1 tsp vanilla, and melt until smooth

Add all other American Jiggle-O ingredients, and follow recipe instructions

Garnish with shaved chocolate and a raspberry


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2 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    Really doesn’t get much simpler – Just be sure to plan for refrigerator time! This is a nice light finish to dinner. I love that you can make this so many ways

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