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Eye of Newt Creepy Gelatin Bowl

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

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

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Add in the cold water and stir well.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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