About: Once a mechanical and materials engineer that worked on rockets, I am now a stay-at-home mom to three incredible children who let me craft and create to my heart’s content. The process to make these is the same that you see with the colorful flowers encapsulated in gelatin, which has its origins in Mexico. I watched some beautiful flower tutorial videos one day when I stumbled upon Things to put in kids lunches Reardon’s “How to Cook That” and her gelatin flower tutorial.
At the end of her video, she showed how she made her three sons a spider encapsulated in gelatin, since they weren’t impressed with the pretty flowers she created. I wanted to see if I could use other things to mold in the gelatin–fingers, bugs, rats, eyeballs. Such fantastic creepy results for an easy process to follow. I can’t wait to put these in my kids’ lunches for school. The lids I used for encapsulating the creepy things in gelatin, is nothing more than the lids for parfait desserts you find at the grocery store. I’m sure you can find them online, or at bulk warehouse stores in packs of 500 or something ridiculous.
You can find these online as well, but I’ve had mine stashed away in my craft supplies for years now. It was only on a whim that I remembered them and where they were hiding, so I could play around with them to see if they made good jelly eyeballs. I grabbed what I could find around the house in the kids’ toys that would make good creepy molds. If you are concerned with plastics, and what they may or may not leach into food, you can practice your carving skill on a raw carrot and use it as your mold-maker. It is not as hard as it seems to come across these.
Just makes it easier to move jellies in and out of the refrigerator quickly, which unfortunately, you will be doing a lot! If you don’t want to stomach the regular jello, there are vegan alternatives like Agar, Carrageenan, or Vegan Gel. I haven’t tried any of these, but if they can produce a firm jello texture, then they should work! Trim the long fingernails down on the finger covers if you want it to look more like a man’s severed finger instead of a lady’s. 2 cup gelatin until it has all dissolved.