It’s always fun to plan parties with a theme-especially if you can do so easily! Here are a few treats and ideas you can use in planning an Aquarium Theme party. (Easily adapted for a child in love with Bubble Guppies, The Little Mermaid or even Spongebob Squarepants!) One of my favorite things about this theme is you can pick up (almost) everything you need in one store.
The first treat couldn’t be easier-a gelatin aquarium! Take a look in your cabinets, you might already have some glassware that can be used. If you don’t it will be easy enough to find something that would work in the kitchen department of even the pet department when you’re picking up your other supplies.
In addition to the glassware you’ll only need three ingreedients: Clear American Flavored Water, blueberry gelatin and multi-colored Swedish Fish.
Simply make the gelatin according to package directions but replace the cold water with the Clear American Flavor of your choice. Stir in gently to avoid losing the carbination. The gelatin will actually maintain some of the bubbles!
After at least 90 minutes in the refrigerator simply insert the Swedish Fish into the gelatin and return to the refrigerator. The gelatin should be completely set in another two and a half hours. The use of the Clear American in place of the cold water in this recipe will add both bubbles and additional flavor to this simple treat. *Please note, over time the sugars in the Swedish Fish will begin to break down. It’s best to make this the day you plan to serve it.*
The second goody is something every party needs-cupcakes! These aren’t just any cupcakes, however. They’re fishy cupcakes flavored with Clear American Flavored Water.
Just as with the gelatin, you follow the package directions on your cake mix. (Or your recipe if you’re baking from scratch.) Simply replace the water with the Clear American flavor of your choice. Using Clear American will impart a subtle flavor in your cupcakes. I chose white grape for this treat.
Once the cupcakes are out of the oven and have had a chance to cool it’s time to start the decorating. Each cupcake will use two circus peanuts and three cheerios to start. Use kitchen scissors to split one circus peanut in half, then cut each half on an angle. Cut the front of a whole circus peanut off at an angle and place it in the middle of one cupcake and the other four pieces go on the sides as fins. Frosting is the glue that holds this all together. Use the three Cheerios on the front of the circus peanut (where it’s been cut) to create the face. Place the finished cupcakes in the freezer for a few minutes to set.
Tint a cup of frosting the color you want your fish to become-I was going for a goldfish/koi look so I used orange. Microwave the frosting for about 20 seconds. Dip the top of each cupcake in the warm frosting completely. Give each a twirl to get off any excess frosting so you don’t get drips.
Don’t forget to use Clear American to add extra flavor to any party theme. Whenever you find a recipe using water you can up the flavor profile by substituting with the Clear American of your choice. You can find Clear American at your local Walmart. You can also follow Clear American on Twitter and Facebook.
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Fish cupcakes are adapted from an idea found in What’s New, Cupcake?