Avoiding Jello Catastrophe…and having festive jello shots to show for it

Everything you need to know to make festive jello shots without lighting your alcohol on fire, spilling jello everywhere, and burning your mix.

I’m not sure what inspired me to make red, white and blue Jello shots for July 4th this year, but the idea struck me in a car ride and that was that. There were only a few slight problems: 1) I had never made Jello. Yes, I know this is sad and shocking. 2) I had never made Jello shots. 3) The thought of layering Jello combined with the fact I had never made Jello/Jello shots was frightening. Nonetheless, I scoured the internet for the perfect recipe and found my inspiration/recipe here from a fellow blogger.

After lighting my vodka on fire, burning milk/sugar, and covering my stove in red, white and blue Jello mix, I tweaked the recipe slightly the second time around and have included it below along with all of my steps to preventing a Jello bomb from exploding in your kitchen. While it’s now the 4th, I figured I’d share this anyway because you can always use different colored Jello to make these for any party year-round.

Tools you’ll need:
-A loaf pan (I opted for a 9”x5” deep enough for the size of the cookie cutter used)
-Nonstick spray
-Star shaped cookie cutter
-Mini popsicle sticks (find at Michael’s or any craft store)

Blue Layer
1 1/3 cups water
1 cup vodka
2 small boxes of berry blue Jello mix

  1. Bring your 1 1/3 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add both packets of blue Jello and allow to dissolve completely.
  2. Remove the mixture from heat and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes. Once cool, add 1 cup(chilled!) vodka.
  3. Lightly grease your loaf pan and pour the blue mixture into it. Place in the fridge and allow to set for 1 hour.

*Avoid catastrophe by: placing your vodka in the freezer to get it extra chilly before adding to your Jello mix. Also, let your mix cool for a minute or two before adding the vodka, otherwise you risk lighting it on fire (which I did the first time around).

White Layer
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup vodka
2 tablespoons sugar
1 packet Knox unflavored gelatin

  1. Pour your milk into a saucepan and add your packet of Knox gelatin. Let the mixture sit for 1-2 minutes. Gently stir the milk and gelatin together and turn the stove on to a low heat setting.
  2. Once the gelatin has dissolved, add 2 tbsp sugar and allow to melt completely.
  3. Remove from heat and let mixture sit for 5 minutes to cool. Add vodka and stir.
  4. Pour the white layer over the blue and place in the fridge to cool/set for 1 hour.

*Avoid catastrophe by: using LOW heat! The original recipe said medium, but for my stove medium was too hot and I burned my first mixture. Using a low heat will take longer, but you won’t burn anything. Also, always allow each mixture to cool before pouring it into the loaf pan to ensure you don’t melt any of the layers.

Red Layer
1 1/3 cups water
1 cup vodka
2 small boxes of cherry Jello mix

Repeat steps 1 and 2 presented in the directions for making the blue layer. Once your red mix has cooled completely, pour it into your loaf pan on top of the white layer and allow to sit in the fridge overnight.

*Avoid catastrophe by: not letting the jello mix boil over the top of your saucepan. Doing so will cover your stove in Jello (and take approximately 20 minutes to scrub off).

Finishing touches:
Star shaped cookie cutter
Sharp knife
Cutting board
Mini popsicle sticks

  1. After your pan of Jello has set in the fridge overnight, you are ready to complete your jello shots. Remove the pan from your fridge and place it in warm water for 2-4 minutes (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan).
  2. Remove the pan from warm water and use a butter knife along the edges to loosen the jello from the pan. Quickly flip the pan upside down over a cutting board so that the mixture comes out of the loaf pan.
  3. Cut the mixture into slices (like bread) and use a cookie cutter to make the star shapes.
  4. Insert a popsicle stick into each star and place on a lightly greased serving dish. Place in the fridge if not serving immediately.
  5. Enjoy!

I can’t wait to see how you tweak this recipe and I also invite you to make fun of me for being so kitchen-challenged. What other great ideas do you have for fun and festive Jello shots?

8 thoughts on “Avoiding Jello Catastrophe…and having festive jello shots to show for it

  1. Gma max

    So you now know that the best way to learn to cook is being willing to say “I really screwed that up so let’ s put what I just learned to work and try again.”. You know I’m a good cook and I’ve learned a lot from my mistakes….which have been many ( you don’t want to eat bread when you forgot to add the salt….really bad! ). Read recipes and try new stuff because you learn by doing with cooking. The pops look great and I’m just sorry we aren’t there to try them :o). Love ya! Gma Max

    1. twenty-something Post author

      Thanks grandma 🙂 Yes I have been in the mood to try new things lately…I made another new recipe today, breakfast cupcakes, which turned out very good! Love you too

  2. Amy

    looks like they turned out great though! 🙂 my sissy is growin’ up, learning how to cook new things <3

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