17 gennaio 2013

Jelly Shot Gummy Fish Bowl

Jelly Shot Gummy Fish Bowl 

  • 10 min
  • 4 hrs
  • 1 gelatin fish bowl (32 two-oz. jelly shots)


  • (1 oz. box) unflavored gelatin
  • (3 oz. boxes) blue berry-flavored gelatin mix
  • cups water
  • cups gummy-flavored vodka (cake or cotton candy vodka also work)
  • assorted gummy candies (fish and other sea life)
  • Teddy Grahams snacks (if desired)
  • Fruit by the Foot and Fruit Roll-Up snacks (to cut into seaweed and swim suits for Teddy Grahams, if desired)


  1. 1Pour 5 cups of water into a medium pan. Sprinkle gelatin powder over water and heat mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin powder is completely dissolved in water (about 5 minutes).
  2. 2Remove from heat and allow to cool 5 minutes. Add vodka and stir. Pour mixture into fish bowl and place in refrigerator to chill.
  3. 3When gelatin is almost set, use a sharp knife to cut slits into top of gelatin. Use an uncooked spaghetti noodle or wooden skewer to slide gummy fish and other candies into position in the gelatin. Return bowl to fridge to set completely before serving. To serve, scoop two tablespoons gelatin into small shot glasses.
  4. 4For additional decorations, place gummy lifesavers around Teddy Grahams (cut Lifesaver if necessary) and make floating rafts out of Fruit Roll-Ups and place a Teddy on top. Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit by the Foot can be cut bathing suits for the Teddy Grahams.
  5. 5MAKE-AHEAD TIP: Place top decorations on just before serving to prevent the candies from "weeping" and running on top of the gelatin.
  6. 6TO MAKE KID-FRIENDLY: Substitute flat lemon-lime soda for the vodka.

Need an icebreaker for your next party? Try a fishy bowl of jelly shots!

Your party will surf into high tide when you bring out this convo starter! Gummy fish swim in a sea of gummy-vodka infused gelatin, while edible beach-goers frolic above.
This Jelly Shot Gummy Fish Bowl takes some time, so plan for that, but the comments and smiles are totally worth it! Here’s the play-by-play so you can make your own.

Get Your Stuff Ready

You’ll need a new, 1-gallon plastic fish bowl like this:
Clear Plastic Fish Bowl
Next, have a little play date with some gummy candies! Time and creativity are the only limits here.
Gummy Candies for Gelatin Fish Bowl
Check out the Fruit Roll-Up bikini on the lounging Teddy!

Get Your Wiggles Out

Now it’s time to get into it with some gelatin. You can experiment with different variations, but here’s what I came up with.
Pour 5 cups of water into a large pan. Sprinkle one box of unflavored gelatin and 2 boxes of blue berry-flavored gelatin over the water.
Mixing Gelatin
Let it sit a minute, then heat the water while stirring constantly to dissolve all the gelatin granules (about 5 minutes).
Remove from the heat and let it cool down (about 5 minutes). Then Add 3 cups of gummy-flavored vodka. NOT KIDDING. There is such a thing.
Add Vodka to Gelatin
Mix well and pour it into the fish bowl.
Blue Gelatin

Chill Out!

Let the bowl chill in the fridge for a couple hours until the gelatin is mostly set. Using a thin sharp knife, slit the gelatin and slip your sea creatures into the place. Poke ‘em down with a long uncooked spaghetti noodle or wooden skewer.
Place the ones you want to see best up close to the sides, with some further back for shadowy effects.
Gummy Fish in Blue Gelatin Bowl
Then add your beach babes to the top. I lucked out and found a gummy dancing dolphin at a candy store too.
Gummy Candies in Gelatin Fish Bowl

Party On!

Remove your fish bowl from the fridge shortly before you plan to serve it, then — after everyone has oooo’d and ahhhhh’d — scoop a couple tablespoons into shot glasses and — down the hatch with the fishes!
Display tip: The fish show up great if they’re back lit, so I put my bowl in front of a window. If your party’s at night, set the bowl on a cake plate in front of a small lamp.

Make it Kid-Friendly

This recipe can easily be made kid-friendly by substituting flat lemon-lime soda for the vodka. Check out the kid-friendly recipe version here.
Instead of a big bowl, you can use 8 stemless plastic wine glasses and make individual portions for the kiddos:
Stemless Wine Glass with Gummy Fish Gelatin
Or, for a fab kiddy party favor, use the same kid-friendly recipe version and pour a cup of gelatin mixture into 8 plastic cupcake bags (found where specialty baking supplies are sold), or sandwich bags, and place them in small bowls in the fridge to stand upright until they’re set.
Jelly Shot Fish Bags
Then slit the gelatin and add one fish, tie the bag with a ribbon — and you have a little fishy bag that looks like it just came from the pet store!
Little Girl with Gelatin Fish Bag
Tip: I used sharp scissors to cut Swedish Fish candy down in size to better fit the cups and bags.
Have fun!

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