Germy Jigglers

Germy Jigglers
Yield: 20 petri dishes Prep 30 mins Chill 1 hr 15 mins


  • 20 plastic petri dishes ($6.50 for 20;
  • 1 3 ounce box each orange, raspberry, lime, and cherry gelatin, such as Jell-O®
  • Black food coloring
  • 1 1/4 ounce pack unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tube each red and green decorating gel

Make It

1. Place the bottom half of the petri dishes on 2 cookie sheets. Place each of the different gelatin flavors into a separate bowl. Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Pour 3/4 cup of the boiling water into each bowl; stir until dissolved. Stir 1/2 cup of cold water into each bowl. Add a few drops of black food coloring to the cherry gelatin to tint it darker.

2. Divide the gelatins evenly among the petri dishes; 5 per flavor. Chill until set, about 1 hour.

3. Place 1/4 cup water in a small microwavable bowl. Sprinkle the unflavored gelatin on top; let stand 5 minutes. Microwave until gelatin dissolves, about 25 seconds. Stir in sour cream until smooth. Pour the mixture into a zip-top back; press out excess air and seal. Let cool, kneading bag occasionally, until thickened, about 15 minutes.

4. Snip a small (1/16-inch) corner from the bag. Pipe amoeba-like shapes on top of your now set petri-dish snacks. Add color with the red or green decorating gels. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes. Makes 20 petri-dishes.