Jiggly Aquarium Pops
Make a splash at your next summer cookout with these pushable jelly treats filled with gummy fish, licorice seaweed and crunchy candy gravel.
- Preparation Time35 mins
700ml lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite
240ml Kool-Aid® Berry Blue drink (not from powder)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 x 7g packages unflavoured powdered gelatin
1 x 300g frozen pound cake, thawed
125g tiny rainbow crunchy candy, such as Nerds
2 strips green pull-and-peel liquorice, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
16 mini red gummy fish
- Bring the soda, blue drink and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in the gelatin, whisking continuously until dissolved. Pour the gelatin mixture into a medium bowl and refrigerate until it just begins to thicken (it should be thick, but still liquid and pourable), about 1 hour.
- Slice the pound cake into eight 1/4-inch-thick slices. Remove the push parts of eight 7 1/4-inch-tall pushable pop molds from the tubes. Push the circle side of each mold into the cake slices to make a circle that fits snugly in the mold. Return the push part to each tube. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the tiny crunchy candy into each mold.
- To make the seaweed, fold each licorice piece in half and then twist the folded part so that the 2 ends are sticking up and resemble aquarium seaweed.
- Reserve 1/2 cup of the gelatin mixture in a small microwave-safe bowl. Using the remaining mixture, fill each mold halfway (about 1 1/2 tablespoons). Press a piece of licorice seaweed into each mold. Press in 2 fish per mold. Fill each mold the rest of the way with the gelatin mixture (about 1 1/2 tablespoons), leaving about 1/4 inch at the top; tap to remove any air bubbles. Microwave the reserved gelatin mixture until liquid, about 30 seconds. Spoon 1 teaspoon into each mold and refrigerate until completely set, about 3 hours.