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Dec 4, 2013 12:46 PM

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

I've been invited to a New Year's Eve dinner party, with an "Under the Sea" theme. The hostess has asked me to bring dessert... just my luck, lol. Can anybody think of ocean-themed desserts?

My only ideas so far are something in the shape a sea-creature (like a flan in a starfish-shaped mold, for example), or something served on oyster shells or large clam shells (like everyone gets an individual apple crumble, for example, served on an open half shell).

Can anyone help me? Thanks!

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    1. re: southernitalian

      That's a good idea! Maybe coconut and in an ocean-shape?

    2. Google the recipe for Sea Glass Jello. I'd recommend putting the squares in a fishbowl along with gummy fish, or individual clear plastic cups with a couple of gummy fish per cup.

      Alternatively, make your own ocean jello. Use plain gelatin (one packet per 12-16 oz of liquid)
      and either Curacao, blue juice/soft drink, or food coloring. Wait till the hot mixture is room temp before adding chilled champagne or other fizzy
      liquid, don't stir much so you don't lose the carbonation. Once nearly gelled, add gummy fish, celery leaves as seaweed, etc. Also, you can get shell-shaped pressed sugar "cubes" online:

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      1. Maybe mini chocolate lava cakes in these kinds of molds?

        1. My first thought was "Under the Sea? For New Year's?" Admittedly, I've always lived in places with clearly demarcated seasons--even though I'm in the Pacific Northwest and near an ocean now, that party theme makes me think "tropical" (and 1950s) rather than "seafood/winter holiday." I, too, would be "floundering" (thank you, I'm here all week) for an idea. :)

          That said, other than desserts that pair well with fish or seafood (like citrus -influenced flavors), you could do something a bit more fun, like this "dessert sushi":

          I think it will depend on some factors like how much time/money/thought you want to spend on your contribution and also what types of guests are attending this party.

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          1. re: team_cake

            In her defense, the hostess invited us to her beach house for 3 days and 2 nights over the New Year's holiday. It's a Delaware beach, 3 hours from home for most of us. It won't be tropical by any stretch, but it is a major get-away for all of us, so I suppose she feels it warrants a beach theme. I guess I should be flattered that she thinks I can come up with an oceany dessert?

            There will be 3 families, all with teenagers and older children (no little little kiddies), and all fancy themselves foodies. I'd like to come up with a dessert that I could serve with my head held high, theme aside.

            Dessert sushi sounds like fun!

            1. re: kristen3

              I didn't mean to be rude about your host's theme; I was just surprised. Now that you put it in context, it does make more sense. :)

              1. re: team_cake

                No, I didn't think you were being rude at all. It sounds strange, but I do understand where she's coming from.

          2. Are you the only one bringing dessert or will there be other desserts? Dessert sushi crossed my mind. I'm sure you can find a bunch of variations if you Google it.

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            1. re: Jpan99

              I'm the only one bringing dessert. I think there will 13 of us. Dessert sushi is a great idea!