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.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 15 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 8 pops
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Ingredients

3 cups lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite

1 cup Kool-Aid® Berry Blue drink (not from powder)

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Two .25-ounce packages unflavored powdered gelatin

One 10.75-ounce frozen pound cake, thawed

1/2 cup tiny rainbow crunchy candy, such as Nerds

2 strips green pull-and-peel licorice, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

16 mini red gummy fish

Directions

Special equipment:
eight 7 1/4-inch-tall pushable pop molds

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.  

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