Plant and animal cells have similarities and differences so we thought we'd do one of each.
The animal cell
The recipe called for clear gelatin but it was WAY more expensive than yellow so we went with yellow. :) We had fun trying to figure out how to add the floating bits that are part of the cytoplasm. We tried adding fuzz bombs...you know those candies that pop in your mouth and make your head feel weird. That was cool to watch but a no go. The lad hit upon the idea of crushing up some candies and seeing if that would work... crushed mallow balls worked best! Various powdery ones were a bust as well.
An ear made a good nucleus, and we tried a lollipop for the other but it melted on us. :( Twizzlers cut up well for making the long strands and jelly beans were a happy and easy addition. It was funky afterwards... licorice turn pasty in jello (ick). Jelly beans lose their sugar coating and the inside become waxy slime (double ick). Chocolate bits STAY chocolate unless they are small and then they make great puddles of chocolate flavoured lime jello. :) (actually tasted great). The ear stayed an ear except for the outside edges. The teeth made "sweet sugar" pickets and the lifesavers (gummy style) thinned drastically.
It was FASCINATING.
I do advise making your own edible cells and see what happens with the candies that you use. They may horrify and amaze you. :) You made end up like us a going NOPE not eating that!!!! (son's reaction)... and just scooping off the top layer is jello and being good with it (my reaction). :)