How to Make Halloween Jello Shots

How to Make Halloween Jello Shots
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How to Make Halloween Jello Shots

Ready to make some jello that will give your party an extra kick? Follow our step-by-step instructions.

Step 1:

In a medium bowl, add 1 cup of boiling water to the package of lemon or pineapple gelatin. Stir for two minutes until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Stir in 1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk until mixture is even and creamy. Stir in 1/2 cup cold vodka (or ginger ale) and stir until mixture is even.

Step 2:

Separate the gelatin into smaller bowls by a little less than 1/4 cup each. Add 1 or 2 drops of food dye to make each a different color (orange for the pumpkin, green for the witch, black for the bat, etc.)

Step 3:

Pour the gelatin into each of the wells of the mold. Refrigerate for at least six hours or overnight to allow to set.

Step 4:

Unmold the gelatin shapes by filling a sink, basin, or large bowl with warm water. Dip the mold just to the rim in the warm water for about 10 seconds. Lift from water, hold upright, and shake slightly to loosen the gelatin from mold. Place a cold, moistened plate over the top of the mold and invert the plate and mold together. Carefully lift the mold, if gelatin does not release dip the mold in warm water and try again.

Step 5:

In a medium bowl, sprinkle 2 envelopes of Knox evenly over 1/2 cup cold water and allow the gelatin to absorb the water for 2 minutes. Stir in 2 cups boiling water for 2 minutes until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

Step 6:

Stir in 1 cup of sugar until fully dissolved. Refrigerate the mixture until it cools and begins to thicken.

Step 7:

Place the gelatin shapes face down in the bottom of each well of a large muffin tin. Gently pour the clear gelatin in to the wells so that is just covers the shapes in the wells. Refrigerate overnight to allow gelatin to get set.

Step 8:

Unmold the Halloween Jello Shots (refer to Step 4) and serve.

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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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