While trying to come up with more ideas for fall party treats, I realized I may have been a little selfish recently in only making caramel apple jello shots ...
While I prefer caramel apples, there are others (like my boyfriend) who like candy apples better ...
I think they are tasty, but they get stuck in my teeth and that drives me crazy... they sure are glossy and pretty though.
They make me think of carnivals and circuses, cinnamon red hot candies, nail polish and sports cars.
This time of year you don't have to wait for a carnival or circus to eat one, along with caramel apples you can find them prepackaged at the grocery store with coconut flakes sprinkled on top. Yum.
For these Red Hot Candy Apple Jello Shots all you need are small red apples, cherry Jello and Goldschläger (cinnamon schnapps). For a kid friendly non-alcoholic version just use cold water mixed with a tablespoon of cinnamon instead of vodka.
It really does taste just like a candy apple! Here are some tips to remember when making jello shots in apples:
They will brown a little overnight while the jello hardens (I found the red apples browned more quickly) despite the lemon juice trick. Don't worry though, when you slice them before serving, you can slice off the outside layer that has browned the most, leaving you only with fresh white apple!
Also keep an eye on leaking apples. I always have left over jello, don't toss it after you fill the apples. Wait about 20 minutes to see if any have leaked and then use your reserve to refill the apple and level them out.
Buy small apples. Look for the small apples they sell in the bags. You want your slices to be bite sized and regular sized apples will be too big.
Shopping List (makes about 30-40 slices/shots)
5 small red apples
1 cup water
1 cup Goldschläger (cinnamon schnapps)
1 package cherry Jello (3 oz. package)
1. Half and hollow out apples cutting them from the stem down. I used a melon baller to hollow the apples and it worked well. After hollowing them squeeze some lemon juice on top to reduce browning.
2. Boil one cup of water in a sauce pan, add jello and stir until it dissolves. Turn off the heat on your burner.
3. When your mixture is just warm, add the cinnamon schnapps.
4. With your apples arranged so they fit tightly and secure on a cookie sheet or in cupcake tins, pour your jello mixture into your apples. Refrigerate overnight.
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