Halloween Jello Shots
Victoria BelangerHalloween isn't just for kids anymore. Was it ever? 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.
What You'll Need to Make the 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
Halloween JELL-O Jigglers mold
Large muffin tin
(Makes 11 or 12 shots.)
See below for step-by-step instructions on making the Halloween Jello Shots.
As a frequent guest at friends' dinner parties, Victoria Belanger was tired of bringing the requisite bottle of wine or box of pastries. She wanted to be more creative and bring something fun that everyone could get excited about. Thus began her popular and successful experimentation with Jello molding. With a formal education in photography, the next logical step was to photograph all her wiggly molds and share them with the world. She started a blog and dubbed herself The Jello Mold Mistress of Brooklyn. Victoria's blog has received press attention from The New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, and a radio interview for "The Splendid Table," just to name a few. See all her Jello Mold creations at her blog.
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