Fish Bowl Jello!

READY IN: 6hrs
Recipe by love4culinary

This is a huge hit! It looks so cool when completed!! Its a bit of work, but definitely worth it :-) If anyone makes this and takes a photo, please do post it!!! Prep time really varies.. so please make sure you set aside enough time to make this!!! Cook time is time to chill total. Like I said times really vary so please set aside some time. Requires 1 goldfish bowl (new is preferred hehe.. otherwise.. pleaaaaaaase clean the old one! haha)

Top Review by brokenburner

I can't give this a star rating, because by the time I was done I wanted to throw the bowl at the wall!! I tried this three times to get the semi-acceptable results I did. The first time, I accidentally put in too much blue food coloring, and the jello was so dark that it would have been impossible to see anything. So I ran out to buy more jello (and got extra!)... the next time, I think the jello hadn't cooled enough, because the color ran off the jelly beans and turned the jello into a bowl of black murk. I decided to try using something natural for the gravel instead, and found a can of pineapple tidbits in my cabinet. But when I poured in the jello over it, the tidbits floated up and I couldn't get them to stay down at the bottom of the bowl. I decided to just leave it as it was. I THINK that if I were to do this again, I MIGHT be able to get better (pretty!) results, knowing how I messed up the first three times. But I'm not so sure I WANT to! It wasn't really "edible" either, though it was interesting to look at. The kids enjoyed going "fishing" in it.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 envelopes gelatin (I use knox)
  • blue curacao (amount depends on how much you want to put in!!!)
  • purple endive or fennel, leaves (and other edible things that will look good as foliage in a tank!)
  • gummy fish
  • 1 package jelly beans
  • uncooked spaghetti (for placing items in jello)


  1. Mix gelatin according to package directions, substituting curacao for water in the ratio that you wish.
  2. Place the jelly beans in the bowl.
  3. When gelatin is cool, BUT NOT SET, pour it slowly into the Fish bowl.
  4. Be careful not to move the candies around, because the coloring may run.
  5. Allow to cool for just a little while (you dont want stiff gelatin when trying to place fish and foliage in bowl).
  6. When gelatin is just starting to set (ie: its not watery... set just enough to hold something in place) add your"foliage" and fishies, placing them where you want them with strands of spaghetti (helpful when moving things around.. so your gelatin isnt destroyed hehe).
  7. Refrigerate your fish bowl until you wish to serve it.
  8. We had a few of these at a beach party and people loved them!
  9. You can also make this with colored gelatin, minus the curacao for kids.
  10. Without the alcohol-- it is a HIT with the kids be careful though.
  11. they like to"dive" in to get the candy hahaha!

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