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Junket is the brand name of a milk-based dessert, made with sweetened milk and rennet, the digestive enzyme which curdles milk. To make it, the milk mixture (usually with sugar and vanilla) is heated to approximately body temperature and the rennet is mixed in to cause curdling. Warmer or cooler temperatures will inactivate the rennet. The junket is then allowed to set in a refrigerator.

The rennet tablets have a very long shelf life if kept sealed and not exposed to heat. Junket tablets are a common source of rennet for home cheese makers.

Junket is often served with a sprinkling of grated nutmeg on top.

The word "junket" (non-copyrighted, non-trademarked) refers to a form of bribery/corruption whereby entities offer services or privileges in the expectation of winning "hearts and minds". Compare movie junket.