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:
Next, have a little play date with some gummy candies! Time and creativity are the only limits here.
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.
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.
Mix well and pour it into the fish bowl.
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.
Then add your beach babes to the top. I lucked out and found a gummy dancing dolphin at a candy store too.
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:
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.
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!
Tip: I used sharp scissors to cut Swedish Fish candy down in size to better fit the cups and bags.
More Recipes to Rock UR Party:
- Homemade Gumdrops Recipe
- Double Rainbow Cake Jelly Shots Recipe
- Spiked Rainbow Ribbon Salad Recipe
- Blow Pop Jelly Shots Recipe
- Rainbow Cherry Jigglers (Kid Friendly!)
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