Jell-O Cups with an Ocean Theme

by Heather
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Unraveling the Origins of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week

Shark Week, a beloved annual television event that captures the fascination and fear of these majestic marine predators, has become a global cultural phenomenon. It is also a great time to enjoy some fun themed food for the event like Shark Fin Chocolate Covered Oreos, Air Fryer Sugar Crusted Smores and our Ocean Themed Jell-O Cups recipe. The week-long extravaganza, dedicated to all things sharks, has been a staple on the Discovery Channel since its inception. But have you ever wondered where this epic celebration of sharks came from? So let’s take a closer look at Shark Week before we share our Ocean Themed Jell-O Cups recipe.

Before we get to the recipe, let’s take a look at the origins of Shark Week. We’ll also take a look at why we are so fascinated with these mysterious creators, the education that Shark Week provides and the impact that it has had on the television industry.  Did I mention our Jell-O Cups recipe will be at the end? 

The Birth of Shark Week:
The inception of Shark Week dates back to the summer of 1987. The Discovery Channel, founded in 1985, was still in its early years and seeking innovative programming ideas to captivate audiences. At the time, the network’s executives were brainstorming concepts for special programming that could draw a larger viewership during the typically slow summer season. It was during this creative process that the idea of dedicating a full week to sharks was born.

Creating a Sensation:
The first-ever Shark Week premiered on July 17, 1988, and featured a series of documentary-style programs centered around these enigmatic creatures of the deep. The response from viewers was overwhelming, surpassing all expectations. The captivating content, coupled with the growing public interest in sharks, resonated with audiences, making Shark Week an instant sensation.

The Rise to Fame:
As Shark Week continued to air each summer, it garnered a cult-like following, attracting millions of viewers from around the globe. The programming expanded to include thrilling documentaries, expert interviews, scientific explorations, and even fictional movies celebrating sharks, further solidifying its status as a must-watch television event.

Shark Week’s Impact on Shark Conservation:
Beyond being an entertaining television event, Shark Week has played a crucial role in raising awareness about the conservation of sharks and their ecosystems. As the week’s popularity grew, so did the efforts to educate the public about the essential role sharks play in maintaining the balance of marine ecosystems and the various threats they face, such as overfishing and habitat destruction. Through powerful storytelling and educational content, Shark Week has influenced public perceptions, promoting empathy and understanding towards these often-misunderstood creatures.

Iconic Shark Week Moments:
Over the years, Shark Week has gifted viewers with countless memorable moments. From the awe-inspiring footage of great white sharks breaching to the heart-pounding encounters between scientists and the ocean’s apex predators, these thrilling segments have etched themselves into the memories of Shark Week fans worldwide.

Shark Week’s Evolution:
As Shark Week gained popularity, its format evolved to include themed programming and celebrity-hosted shows. The inclusion of renowned personalities from the entertainment and sports worlds added an extra layer of excitement and appeal to the event. Additionally, the advancement of filming technology allowed for more breathtaking and intimate footage of sharks in their natural habitats, providing viewers with an immersive experience like never before.

Shark Week Today:
As of the writing of this blog post in 2023, Shark Week remains an annual tradition on the Discovery Channel. Its impact on television and popular culture has been monumental, inspiring the creation of similar themed weeks on other networks. Shark Week’s success continues to pave the way for innovative programming concepts that resonate with audiences and create meaningful conversations around important topics.

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, born out of the desire to captivate audiences during the summer season, has transformed into an iconic celebration of sharks that continues to entertain, educate, and inspire millions of viewers worldwide. From its humble beginnings to its current global impact, Shark Week has become a testament to the power of television to connect people with the wonders of the natural world. So, as you tune in to the next Shark Week, remember the fascinating history behind this beloved event, and join in the celebration of these awe-inspiring creatures of the deep. Happy Shark Week! 🦈

Celebrate Shark Week with Shark Week Jell-O Cups:

If you are a fan of shark week and plan to watch and celebrate, then you are going to need some fun snacks. Today we have the first of our Shark Week Treats: Shark Week Jell-O Cups!


Blue Gelatin Mix
Gummy Sharks
Whipped Cream
Blue Sugar Crystals
Clear Plastic Cups

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  • Blue Gelatin Mix (we used a large box)
  • Gummy Sharks
  • Whipped Cream
  • Blue Sugar Crystals
  • Clear Plastic Cups (smaller party cups)


  1. Prepare blue gelatin according to package instructions.
  2. Pour the gelatin into plastic cups and let it partially set.
  3. Place a gummy shark in each cup, partially submerged in the gelatin.
  4. Add a thin layer of gelatin to cover the "hole" that was created (optional).
  5. Return the cups to the refrigerator and let the gelatin fully set.
  6. Prior to serving, top each cup with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle blue sugar crystals on top to resemble ocean waves.

If you look VERY CLOSELY, you will see the shark swimming in the ocean!

How cute is this Shark Week Jell-O Cup?
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Terri Quick July 21, 2023 - 5:20 pm
These look so cool
Debbie P July 21, 2023 - 7:07 pm
OMG! This is the coolest, yummiest, cleverest treat that I have ever seen!!! Thanks for the recipe!
Brittany Gilley July 21, 2023 - 10:44 pm
so fun!
MICHAEL A LAW July 22, 2023 - 9:55 am
That's a great and cute idea!
Maria Egan August 5, 2023 - 5:00 pm
My grandkids love sharks so this would be extra fun.

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