Candy Cane Jello Shots (Step by Step)

I’ve done egg nog jello shots and egg nog pudding shots, gingerbread men jello shots, two peppermint mocha jello shots and even apple cider and buttered rum jello shots.

But I was missing a Christmas classic… Candy cane jello shots.

I wanted to do something more creative than just red and white layers. I finally came up with the idea to tilt the shot glasses so the layers would be at an angle like real candy canes.

It took me two tries to get it right. The trick is to only pour about one table spoon of jello for each layer.

Continue this process rotating white and red jello.

One tablespoon red and then in the fridge for 45 mins. Then one tablespoon white and then and the fridge for 45 mins and so on and so on.

I would recommend giving yourself the afternoon to finish the process.

You will get to a point where you can’t pour any more jello in the glass at the tilted angle without it over flowing. At this point you just top it with all red or white.

Aren’t they gorgeous?

They white layer is made with sweetened condensed milk and tastes like whipped cream, the red layer is really up to you. You can go the easy route and just use cherry jello or you can create your own peppermint flavored jello. Instructions for both are below.

I just got back from New York yesterday for a work Christmas party. It was my first night away from Austin. I thought I would get a ton of sleep and feel totally relaxed when I got back. It was actually the complete opposite. I was in a hotel in Midtown and it was so loud. Louder than a crying baby.

Garbage trucks and sirens and horns honking all night. Even though NYC is so pretty during Christmas I am happy to be home.

Just a few more Christmas parties left in the season, thankfully I don’t have anymore that are out of town.

Candy Cane Jello Shots
Red food coloring
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Sugar
Peppermint Schnapps and vanilla vodka (you don’t have to use the vodka you can keep it all peppermint)
4 packets of Knox gelatin
Cherry or Strawberry Jello packet (small regular size) if you don’t want to make a peppermint flavor
Whipped Cream (optional)

Step 1. Peppermint Red Layer: Add 1 cup water to a medium sized sauce pan. Don’t turn on any heat yet. Sprinkle 2 packets of Knox gelatin on top and let it sit for a few minutes.

Now you can turn on medium to high heat and whisk the water and gelatin until combined. Add about 3 tablespoons of sugar and whisk again. Turn off the heat when you get a slow simmer. Add 4-5 drops of red food coloring or until you get the desired red color.

Add 1 cup cold peppermint schnapps to red gelatin mixture. Set aside (NOT in a cold place, keeping it near the warm stove is best for right now)

If you are using box red (cherry or strawberry etc) jello just boil your boxed jello with one cup of water. When dissolved pour in a cup of cold vodka of choice.

Step 2. White Layer: Pour 1 cup water and 3 tablespoon condensed milk into a sauce pan. Sprinkle 2 packets of Knox gelatin on top and let it sit for a few minutes.

Now you can turn on medium to high heat and whisk the water and gelatin until combined. Add about 3 tablespoons of sugar and whisk again.

Add 1 cup cold vanilla vodka (or more peppermint schnapps). Set aside (NOT in a cold place, keeping it near the warm stove is best for right now)

Step 3. Add 1 tablespoon of red or white (which ever you want to start with it doesn’t matter) jello to your shot glasses and place them at a titled angle in a muffin pan (see picture 4 above).  Wait for the jello to harden (about 30-45 mins) and then do a tablespoon of the opposite color. Do this until you can’t fill the glass anymore at an angle without it overflowing.

Keep your red and white jello that is sitting aside away from cold temperatures. If by chance it hardens while you are waiting to fill your shot glasses know that you can always dump it back in the sauce pan and heat it up again to liquid form.

Step 4. Fill your glass with the remaining jello and let it harden. Serve plain or with whipped cream on top and a real mini candy cane.

7 Responses to “Candy Cane Jello Shots (Step by Step)”

  1. Sarah posted on December 11, 2013 at 9:15 pm (#)

    These are so cute, and they’d be perfect to make for a holiday party! Does the recipe make 12?

    • Michelle O replied on December 11th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Yes! It was just about 12 exactly.

  2. Made in Sonoma posted on December 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm (#)

    Those are too cute! Sorry your night away was disturbed by loudness…that kind of drives me nuts when I’m trying to sleep.

  3. Autumn Hutton posted on December 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm (#)

    Love them, can’t wait to try them… was thinking vanilla or whipped vodka for the white and pepermint red…

  4. Norma posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm (#)

    did you use Powdered or Granulated Sugar? (not sure if there’s a difference, I’ve just entered the wonderful world of baking & delish treats that require different types of sugar etc) 🙂

  5. Tarayn Marissa Svalberg posted on December 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm (#)

    If you use the peppermint schnapps with the cherry vodka, how does it taste? 

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