Clear gelatin and fruit juice squares are a favorite for little ones to eat with their hands and grab the fish in the middle. Older kids can participate by stirring the gelatin and adding the fish.
- 4 cups 100% apple juice (clear variety, not unfiltered) or
100% white grape juice
- 4 packets unflavored gelatin
- 6 Swedish Fish or Gummy Fish
- Pour 1 cup of the 100% juice into a medium metal mixing bowl. Sprinkle on the gelatin and set aside to soften. Bring the remaining 3 cups juice to a boil.
- Pour the hot juice slowly into the softened gelatin, stirring until it is completely dissolved, 1 minute.
- Refrigerate the gelatin until a thin film clings to the sides of the bowl when stirred, about 45 minutes.
- Rinse a glass baking dish (8x6x2 inch) with cold water and pour the thickened gelatin into it. If the gelatin has begun to set, spread it out as evenly as possible.
- One at a time, holding the fish upside down, push them into the gelatin so they look like they are swimming. Place them far enough apart to cut six blocks, each containing a fish.
- Refrigerate the gelatin until very firm, 3 to 4 hours.
- To unmold, hold the dish in a pan of hot water for 1 minute, or until the gelatin releases when you bounce the pan.
- Invert the pan over a plate so the gelatin drops onto it. With a sharp knife, cut the gelatin into 6 blocks, including one fish in each. The blocks are best served the day they are made as the fish start to get gooey after 12 hours.