How to Make Halloween Jello Shots

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By: Victoria Belanger

Every adult I know loves dressing up in silly (or sexy) costumes as much as their former (younger) selves. Whether you're having a casual gathering of parents after the kids go to bed, or are throwing a costume cocktail party, these Halloween-themed Jello Shots will liven up your celebration.

My sister sent me a set of JELL-O brand molds that contained a bat, a witch, a ghost, a black cat and a jack-o-lantern. The molds are intended for making Jigglers, but I decided to take that idea one step further by adding a dash of booze. (Who hasn't spent some time in their early adult years enjoying the magical, fruity treats known as jello shots?) I chose lemon-flavored gelatin for its transparency (and it can be dyed different colors for each of the shapes) and because it goes well with vodka.* After refrigerating the shapes for at least six hours, I encased them in unflavored gelatin to give them that shot-like shape. This sweet finishing touch makes the shots look like Halloween hard candies -- and they can be as "hard" or alcohol-free as you want.

*Note: Kids can enjoy these "shots," too, if you substitute ginger ale for the vodka.

Before we get started, here is what you will need to make Halloween Jello shots.

  • 1 (3-oz) package of lemon- or pineapple-flavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup vodka (or cold ginger ale)
  • 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Food dye
  • Halloween JELL-O Jigglers mold
  • Large muffin tin

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