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Eye of Newt Creepy Gelatin Bowl

By Heather Baird
Created January 10, 2017
Stir up a cauldron of fun for kids with an easy-to-make Halloween treat.

One of my favorite things about Halloween is getting creative, and creepy, with my party fare. This ghoulish green fishbowl of gelatin is all at once a party snack and centerpiece for your dessert table. It’s so easy to make and assembly is a snap! Kids will love the eerie gummy eyeballs, so let them help with unwrapping candies and placing the frothy cauldron foam (whipped topping) on top. 

First, you’ll need a fish bowl or other medium-size clear bowl in which to place the gelatin. 6 cup capacity or larger is ideal. If you’re opting for the fish bowl, plan on picking up a new one. They’re inexpensive at discount stores and while you’re there, you can usually find gummy eyeballs in the seasonal aisle.


Stir together the powdered lime gelatin and boiling water. Stir well, a good 3-4 minutes until the gelatin granules are completely dissolved.


Add in the cold water and stir well.


Place the fish bowl on a baking sheet and pour in the gelatin. Bubbles will form on top, so wait about 2-3 minutes after pouring for them to dissipate. Place in the refrigerator until set.


When gelatin is set, insert a butter knife into the gelatin about 2 inches away from the edge of the fish bowl and all the way down to the bottom of the bowl. Make a slit large enough to accommodate a gummy eyeball.


Press the gummy eyeball down into the opening to the bottom of the bowl. Repeat process around the entire bowl, placing the eyeballs at 1-inch intervals. Stagger them high and low so they appear to be floating.


Pour over thawed whipped topping. Refrigerate until time to serve.


Presentation counts! Use a disposable fork or wooden skewer for added eye (ball) appeal! Thread gummy eyeballs onto the fork or skewer and place upright in the gelatin.