How to Make Jell‐O Boats

Four Parts:Preparing the orangesMaking the Jell-O (jelly)Making the Jell-O boatsArranging an ocean scene

Jell-O (or jelly) boats are super fun. They're perfect for children's parties but they're also ideal for an adult party with a nautical theme. The recipe given here is alcohol free but you could substitute with an alcohol infused version for an adult party.

Ingredients

  • Large oranges; each orange will make 4 boats, so make as many as you would like
  • Jell-O (or jelly) packages in 3-4 different flavors and colors
  • 1 package blue Jell-O (jelly)

Part 1
Preparing the oranges

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    Wash the oranges. Remove any dirt or coating and wipe down. Let dry before proceeding.
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    Cut the oranges in half. Scoop out all of the flesh.
    • Use the flesh to make orange juice or to bake with.
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    Place the empty orange shells onto a baking sheet.
    • If the oranges tilt, use small blobs of poster tack or similar to keep them from rocking.

Part 2
Making the Jell-O (jelly)

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    Follow the instructions on the Jell-O (jelly) packets to make the gel. However, use less water than the instructions suggest, as this will help the Jell-O to set more firmly.
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    Pour the Jell-O into the empty orange shells. Fill right to the top of each shell.
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    Place in the refrigerator to set.
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    Make the blue Jell-O (jelly). Make this one as usual; it will be turned into "sea" later. Place in the refrigerator to set.

Part 3
Making the Jell-O boats

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    Cut each orange half in half again. This will make quarters, with the Jell-O (jelly) already set in place.
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    Make the mast and sail. You'll need one of these per boat:
    • Draw triangle sail shapes on plain paper. The triangle should be about half the size of the baguette roll, to make it look balanced.
    • Cut out the triangle sails. Decorate if wished––this can be as simple as writing on the child's name or sticking a fun sticker onto it.
    • Poke the cocktail stick or toothpick through the sail's "back". Do this by threading it through two holes in the paper.
    • Adjust the sail as needed.
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    Place a mast and sail into each orange quarter. You now have little Jell-O (jelly) boats.

Part 4
Arranging an ocean scene

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    Take the blue Jell-O (jelly) out of the fridge.
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    Place it onto the serving plate. Using a fork or a butter knife, cut it up into little chunks. This will form the sea underneath the boats.
    • Avoid mushing it, the Jell-O (jelly) should still look appealing enough to scoop up and eat.
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    Arrange the Jell-O (jelly) boats on the jello sea. Sit the boats upright with the masts sticking upright. Vary the colors around the plate or platter to enhance the look.
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    Done. Place the Jell-O (jelly) boats on the ocean platter on the serving table.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Terminology surrounding this gelatin based product can occur. In the USA, Jell-O is a gelatin product. In Britain, Australia and elsewhere, Jell-O is referred to as "jelly", which in the USA, refers to what the other English speakers call jam! Bear this in mind if trading recipes.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowls for making up Jell-O (jelly)
  • Butter knife for cutting ocean Jell-O (jelly)
  • Baking sheets or trays
  • Serving plate or platter with raised sides

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Categories: Party Snacks