Ring in the New Year with These Festive Jello Shots

Jiggly jello shots may bring back non-glamorous memories of college parties, but they don’t have to be equated with wild debauchery. Nope — these pink champagne-infused jello shots take party delights to the chic level. We recommend dusting each with festive glitter or stylish toppers, then presenting them on a gorgeous tray. The result: a sophisticated treat that’s appropro for any New Year’s Eve get-together.

Here’s what you need:

  • 3-oz box of strawberry or raspberry jello
  • 1.5 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cream soda
  • 1 cup pink champagne
  • Edible pearl/shimmer dust
  • Plastic shot glasses
  • Edible glitter stars
  • Toppers
  • Pretty tray

Yields 12 shots.

Step 1: Bring a Little Heat

Empty the contents of your strawberry or raspberry jello into a heat-safe bowl, then add your one cup of boiling water. Whisk until the powder has completely dissolved, which should take only a few minutes.

Step 2: Bring on the Champagne & Soda

Next, add your cold champagne and cream soda to the jello liquid. The mixture will get a little foamy, but that’s OK! Allow the foam to settle for about five minutes, then spoon out any excess from the top. This will make for prettier, clearer jello shots. Next, transfer the liquid to a container with a spout for easy pouring. (Note that the jello shots are a little less potent since they’re made with champagne instead of vodka.)

Step 3: Add a Touch of Glitter

Once transferred, add 1 teaspoon of your edible shimmer dust. We found ours at a local craft store, but it’s also available online or anywhere you may find baking supplies. Mix well. (Psst: Though it’s a little tricky to capture just how glittery and swirly this makes the jello, we promise it’s super pretty and that your guests will be impressed!)

Step 4: Pour & Chill Out

Finally, pour the mixture into plastic shot glasses. We found ours at the Dollar Store (10/$1), but they’re pretty easy to come by elsewhere, too! Place in the fridge for about four hours, or overnight.

Above is a picture of a cooled jello shot — check out that glitter action!

Step 5: Decorate & Enjoy

After the shots have cooled completely, you’re free to decorate. Though the shots themselves will last for up to 10 days (covered) in the fridge, we recommend adding glitter stars (ours are from Wilton) only an hour or so before your event since they are made to dissolve. You can add festive toppers at any time, though. If you really want to get crafty, you could make your own toppers with toothpicks, paper, and a touch of glue.

For a sophisticated display, place your jello shots on a pretty dish and add some confetti for good measure.

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About Wendy

Wendy Rose Gould is a latte-loving, vintage-collecting, cat-adoring beauty and fashion writer whose work has appeared both online and in print. While she grew up in urban Indiana surrounded by horse buggies and corn fields, she's since moved west to Phoenix (after a stint in South Korea) where cacti and haboobs reign supreme. Wendy believes a woman should never leave the house without enviable hair and a spritz of her staple perfume. And also mascara. Never leave the house without mascara.

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One Response to Ring in the New Year with These Festive Jello Shots

  1. Lynn Shepard 01/06/2019 at 10:16 pm #

    Would love to be on this blog. Sounds
    Interesting.

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