Introduction: Jell-0 Shark Tank

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Are you a shark lover like me? This layered gelatin dessert resembles a shark tank like the ones seen in movies. I made this by accident a couple of years ago. It’s fairly easy to make and fun to eat. Don't be afraid to change it up and make it your own.

What you will need:

3-4 blue Jell-O mix packages (They are usually berry flavored)
3-4 envelopes of Knox brand Unflavored Gelatin (Each .25 oz.)
purple food coloring
Orange extract
1 carrot cut unto the shape of a wood plank
Gummy Sharks
Any gummies that look like fish (optional)
Starburst candies (optional)
1 action figure or toy person
1 large glass jar or vase
A stove and a sauce pan
Spoons and spatulas

Time taken: 1-2 hours

Step 1: Making Jell-O and Assembly

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Making the Jell-O:

Making any Jell-O or gelatin dessert is simple. Most Jell-O mix packages come with easy to follow instructions on the back.  Each layer in this dessert is made with less and less blue Jell-O mix and more unflavored gelatin mix. The base for each layer is 1 cup of boiling water and 1 cup of cold water. Be very careful not to burn yourself when using a stove to boil the water.

Before pouring each layer onto one another, allow for each layer to cool in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. Make sure that every layer is of a semi liquid and solid consistency before pouring in the next.

Dark Blue (1st layer)
Stir the following ingredients:
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 1 cup of cold water
- 1 package of blue Jell-O mix
- ¼ package of a clear, non-flavored gelatin mix
- 2-4 drops of purple food coloring

Medium Blue (2nd layer)
Stir the following ingredients:
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 1 cup of cold water
- ½ package of blue Jell-O mix
- ½ package of a clear, non-flavored gelatin mix

Light Blue (3rd layer)
Stir the following ingredients:
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 1 cup of cold water
- 1/4 package of blue Jell-O mix
- ¾ package of a clear, non-flavored gelatin mix

Semi-Clear Blue (4th layer)
Stir the following ingredients:
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 1 cup of cold water
- 1 package of a clear, non-flavored gelatin mix
- 1-2 Tsp. of Orange Extract

Adding the Candy Sharks:
You should add your candy sharks 7-10 minutes after you have poured in each layer. The layers should each be between a liquid and solid state.

I would suggest using a microwave as an alternative to boiling water on a stove. 2-3 minutes in the microwave should be fine.

Step 2: Decorating Your Jell-O

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Once all the layers have completely set, make a wooden plank out of a carrot and attach it to the top of your glass. Make the wooden plank by shaving off four sides of a carrot. Lastly, add a little action figure or toy figurine. I used a scaled model figure.

If you wish to add some more decorations, you may do so by purchasing hard or gelatin like candies. Here I used Starburst candies to decorate the rim of the glass. These are easy to shape, but do not use them in the gelatin layers because their colors will bleed.

I hope you all enjoy making this yummy dessert! Good luck and have fun with it!


Meglymoo87 (author)2017-01-20


djo4 (author)2015-08-01

We only had a bowl and king sippers did not sell sharks so we used Swedish fish. It tasted good at least

djo4 (author)2015-07-29

Great idea bro me and my sister tried making it but the jello did not cool at all within an hour and the store only had Swedish fish so maybe do you got any tips thanks

dbvinoff (author)djo42015-07-31

Hey There!

Thanks for commenting! I'm glad that you tried this out! I would love to see pictures if you have any. I think the cooling time may vary depending on the ambient and refrigerator temperature. I think I did this in the winter when my house was cold. Allowing the mix to go down to room temperature might also help. I suggest you check up on each layer every couple of minutes. I also think the Swedish fish might look cool. I recently did this for a barbeque party and had split it up into clear individual cups. This took longer to do, but everyone had fun eating it. Good luck!

kracken42 (author)2014-02-01

There's got to be all kinds of stuff with this. Great instructable!

sabu.dawdy (author)2013-10-01

damn =O how come i missed this one =O

poofrabbit (author)2013-09-17

Hey congratulations on your win! I'm so excited for you this was so clever!

jfc115 (author)2013-09-10

I'm glad that you won

dbvinoff (author)jfc1152013-09-10

me too! thanks for your vote! I couldn't have done it without you and everyone else! :D

dbvinoff (author)2013-09-10

Hello Everyone! Thank you so much for voting for my project! Everyone was awesome! :D

jfc115 (author)2013-09-07

I love this so much. I voted for you and favorited it. I hope you win, I just think this is such a cool idea

dbvinoff (author)jfc1152013-09-08

Thank you!! I'm really glad you enjoyed it! :D

nanaverm (author)2013-09-01

Perfect for "Shark Week"! Great job and very realistic looking.

dbvinoff (author)nanaverm2013-09-08

Thank you! I actually made another one for shark week! lol I'm glad you enjoyed it :D

ynze (author)2013-09-01

Wonderful I'ble, great pics!

I mistakenly read "Yellow Shark Tank", which triggered my Frank Zappa sensor...

dbvinoff (author)ynze2013-09-08

thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :D

canida (author)2013-09-02

Cute! Now just need a bit of blood in the water...

dbvinoff (author)canida2013-09-08 true, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

pinkstorm (author)2013-09-04

love this idea ! wish i had it for mt party ! next time !

dbvinoff (author)pinkstorm2013-09-08

I'm glad you enjoyed it! Good luck!

jfc115 (author)2013-09-07

You should add lifesavers to this, but then again that might mess up the color scheme. But any way I love it and best of luck with the contest

srambus (author)2013-08-30

What are the Starbusrts for?

dbvinoff (author)srambus2013-08-31

I used Starburst candies to decorate the rim and the outside part of the glass. They are fairly easy to shape, but do not use them in the Jell-O. Their colors bleed. If you would like to add more fishes to the Jell-O, make sure you use hard or gelatin like candies. I think Swedish fish might work well.

zhamster rules (author)2013-08-29

Nice creativity! I'll vote for ya

dbvinoff (author)zhamster rules2013-08-30

Thank you! :D

jocelynjocelyn (author)2013-08-29

This looks like it is so real!i am totally voting for this project because one because it looks real two be cause this is sick awesome the person who mane this project is the best.good luck trying to think of a great project like this one.your best pal .duses

dbvinoff (author)jocelynjocelyn2013-08-29

thanks for your vote! I'm glad you like it! :D

poofrabbit (author)2013-08-29

This is adorable! Voted for ya!

dbvinoff (author)poofrabbit2013-08-29

Thanks for your vote! I'm glad you like it :D

HollyMann (author)2013-08-29

So creative - love the photo!

dbvinoff (author)HollyMann2013-08-29

cool! I'm glad you like it :D

anarchyreigns (author)2013-08-28

this is awesome!! can't wait to make it with my kids

dbvinoff (author)anarchyreigns2013-08-29

Thanks! I hope you enjoy :D

utest_sw26 (author)2013-08-28

Utest funny!

dbvinoff (author)utest_sw262013-08-29

Thanks :D

Capitalist (author)2013-08-28

Awesome this is a very original idea

dbvinoff (author)Capitalist2013-08-29

Thanks :D

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-08-28

I love this! And I agree, I like this new photo first and the new name! I didn't know what it was before when I saw it in the recent feed :)

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy it :D

jessyratfink (author)2013-08-28

Ohhhhh I love the second photo in the intro - that's an awesome shot! :D

(I bet you'll get lots more views if you switch to that one!)

dbvinoff (author)jessyratfink2013-08-28

Thanks for the advice! :)

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