Jello Shot Containers
Jello shots are easy to make and will add a spark to any party! There are many options when it comes to choosing containers to serve your jello shots in. Below you will find some creative ways to serve your jello shots.
Basic Jello Shot Containers
The most common way to serve jello shots is to use small paper or plastic cups. The ideal size of these cups would be 1-2 ounces.
- Paper cups are convenient, because they can easily be pushed inside out with a finger to quickly transfer the jello shot into your mouth. They are inexpensive and disposable. These are similar to the little cups you may see in McDonald's that hold your ketchup. You can find these in your local restaurant supply store. If your lucky you may even find them in the supermarket.
- Plastic cups are also relatively easy to push the jello shot out of. If you choose to go with the small plastic cups, consider spending the extra buck for the ones with the lids. The lids are nice, because they make it easier to stack, store and transport your jello shots. Also, plastic cups with lids will allow you to chill the jello shots upside down. Once the jello shots are chilled and firmly set, you can remove the cups. Now you will have the nicely shaped jello shots sitting on just the lids, making them a cinch to pick up and shoot! When using this technique first spray the insides of your cups with a non-stick cooking spray. This will let the cups easily slide off of your jello shots.
Jello Shots In Shot Glasses
- Shot glasses add a little more class to your jello shots The clear glass will allow your guests to see the brilliant colors of your gelatin concoction (a great option if you are serving "layered" or "rainbow" jello shots). Obviously you won't be able to push the glass inside out so you'll want to either spray the insides of the shot glasses with a non-stick cooking spray or dip the shot glasses in hot water for about 20 seconds just before serving to loosen the jello from the glass. Another alternative is to serve jello shots in a shot glass with a small spoon, toothpick, Popsicle stick or other tool to help remove all of the shot.
Use Your Fingers!
No containers needed here! Try making your jello shots on a flat baking pan or cookie sheet. Once you have chilled it and the jello is firm, cut it into your desired shapes.
Cookie cutters are a great way to form your jello shots into fun little shapes. Try making green shamrock jello shots for St.Patty's Day or maybe pink heart-shaped concoctions for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.
Serve these on a tray lined with parchment paper or individually with each jello shot on it's own little piece of parchment paper.
Specialty Products Designed Specifically For Jello Shots
There are several companies who manufacture products for the sole purpose of containing jello shots. One example is the accordion style plastic cup which is flexible and will squeeze to flat, allowing the jello shot to be consumed in one quick shot. Another product available is the jello shot oral syringe which is sure to impress your guests! These novelty items are a little more expensive, but are often reusable.
Jello Shots In Fruit Slices
Here's a fun way to turn your basic jello shot into a culinary work of art! Fruits with hard rinds such as oranges, limes, and lemons are recommended. First cut your piece of fruit in half. Now scoop out the insides with a spoon or melon scooper (If desired set the fruit aside and use to garnish your tray of jello shots). Mix up the jello and liquor mixture as you normally would, and pour the liquid into the rind halves. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours until the jello is firm. Now slice the halves the way you would normally slice that particular fruit to eat it. To keep the fruit slices upright in the refrigerator while the jello sets; try setting them in empty egg cartons or small bowls.
Note: Be sure to allow enough time for the gelatin to fully set up before slicing the halves. Slicing them prematurely may cause the jello to leak or fall apart.