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Halloween Jello Shots

Updated on September 1, 2011

What Are Jello Shots?

Jello shots are made with gelatin, water, and liquor. The liquor (vodka, rum or tequila) replaces some of the water or fruit juice that would usually be used to make the gelatin. Here in the United States, they are called Jello Shots. In the UK or Australia, they are called Vodka Jelly or Jelly Shots. The Shots are usually placed in a small cup, syringe or some such holder.

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Jello Shots
Jello Shots

Jello Shot History

Don't You Wonder Where Jello Shots Came From?

A gentleman named Tom Lehrer, an American satirist and mathematician, was rumored to have invented the jello shots in 1950. The rumor says that he invented vodka gelatin to get around the restriction for alcohol on base. This is not true though. Recipes for gelatin with alcohol were found in a book, "How to Mix Drinks, or The Bon Vivant's Companion" by Jerry Thomas, published back in 1862. His recipe called for gelatin, cognac, rum, and lemon juice. It is hard to think that they had this concoction all the way back then, isn't it?

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Rainbow Jello Shot
Rainbow Jello Shot

This recipe is a basic recipe. Just make this then the special effects to add to it if you want some. You will find that it is very easy to create a bunch for your party guests.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Jello of Choice
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1 Cup Liquor of Choice

Instructions

  1. 1. Mix the hot water and jello powder.
  2. 2. Add liquor of choice and stir.
  3. 3. Pour into your 2 oz cups.
  4. 4. Chill until set or ready to use, whichever comes first.
  5. Now serve them to your guests who will slurp them out of the cup.
3.7 stars from 3 ratings of Basic Jello Shot Recipe

How To Make - Purple Tornado Jello Shots

This sounds like a very interesting recipe for a plain jello shot.

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Brain Hemorrhage JellO Shots
Brain Hemorrhage JellO Shots

Brain Hemorrhage JellO Shot - Very Disgusting

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Ingredients

  • 2 Envelopes Knox Unflavored Gelatin
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Peach Schnapps
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • Bailey's or a similar Irish Cream liqueur
  • Cherry Jello

Instructions

  1. 1. Sprinkle the Knox Gelatin over the 2 Cups Cold Water. Let this sit for a few minutes
  2. 2. Heat this mixture over low heat until the gelatin starts to melt.
  3. 3. Add your sugar and stir until both the sugar and gelatin are dissolved.
  4. 4. Cool this mixture until it is no longer hot and stir in your Peach Schnapps
  5. 5. Pour this mixture into your cups and let this sit until it reaches the consistency of egg whites.
  6. 6. Use an eye dropper and drops some Bailey's or whatever liqueur you chose into each shot. You may want to submerge the dropper so that when you release the liqueur that it is shot into the center of the Jello shot to get the right effect. Do this 2 or 3 times until a goopy, ugly mess.
  7. 7. To get a bloody look, mix up your cherry jello with or without alcochol. You can do just a small amount if you want to. Inject this with your eye dropper on top of the liqueur you added before.
  8. 8. Chill these and they are ready to gross out your guests.
Wiggly Hands
Wiggly Hands

Glow In Dark Special Effects

For Jello Shots

Want to make your Jello shots glow in the dark? How do you go about doing this? You use tonic water to make the jello item. It won't taste good by itself so use something like Malibu Rum to take the bitter edge off the tonic water in the jello. Once you make this concoction, put it in your glasses, a brain jello mold, a syringe or a petri dish. Use a black light and your jello will put off an eerie glow.

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Check Out The Halloween Jello Mold - You Can Purchase

Even though the molds say they are for jigglers, you can still use them to make Jello shots by making them with alcohol instead of the water.

Eyeballs
Eyeballs

Add Eyeballs

To Your Halloween Jello Shots

There are many different ways to make these eyeballs. You just make them, place them in your cups and add the jello.

1. Make them with canned lychee nuts. Place a Dot Candy or Maraschino Cherry in the middle of the nut and add a bit of one of the Licorice Dots or a chocolate chip on the top of the Dot Candy or Cherry to make a pupil. To make these really have alcohol content, soak the lechee nuts in your alcohol of choice overnight before you make the eyeballs.

2. As in the photo, use the canned lychee nuts and add raisins to the centers. Drizzle with red food coloring tor the bloody effect. Make sure you pat the lychee nuts dry before you use them as they won't look right if the red food coloring gets diluted.

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creepy crawler jello shots
creepy crawler jello shots

Add Insects

To Your Halloween Jello Shots

A good way to do this is to add gummi critters to your jello shots. This could be spiders or worms or any other type of insect you might want. They can be submerged in the shot or be sticking out of the top as in worms.

Photo Credit: A mixture of various photos to get my own creation.

How to Make Creepy Crawler Jello Shots - For a Scary Jello Shot

This video will show you how to make your Jello shots with worms crawling out of them.

Intensive Ward Jello Shots - A Creepy Way To Get Your Jello

Jello Shots in Syringes
Jello Shots in Syringes

Use a syringe without a needle to suck up your red jello. This will look like your syringe is filled with blood.

Use an IV or Feeding bag to add your jello shot to. The guest just uses the tubing to suck the jello.

Use a plastic petri dish to place your jello shot in. Add candy sprinkles, other jello powder or cotton candy mix to the dishes to make them look like they have germs on them. Serve the petri dishes with tongue depressors so that the guests can scrape out the jello.

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Would Be The Scariest Jello Shots?

Which Do You Think

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Do You Have Some More Ideas - For Halloween Jello Shots?

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      Pradeep Kumar 3 weeks ago from NEW DELHI

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      nidhi vyas 21 months ago

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      Air Purifier Guy 23 months ago

      Hi, informative article about Jell-O

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great ideas. Loved the background on the history of Jell-O shots.

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      Nora Recipes 2 years ago

      Thanks for the info . I too, deal with seasonal allergies. I’ve also learned that allergy pills are not the way to go. They’re very expensive and not good for the body at all. Natural foods, as you’ve listed above, are very much the way to go. http://www.norarecipes.com/2015/03/cake-recipe-cla...

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      Grandma-Marilyn 3 years ago

      @loyalcatgirl: Yes, they would. Thank you for commenting.

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      loyalcatgirl 3 years ago

      It's 2013! Halloween is right around the corner. This would be awesome for my friends and I to do since we're 21+

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      Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

      @colleenw1: I had to do some research to find the ones I found. I need to do some more research to see if I can find some more ghoulish ideas. LOL

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      colleenw1 4 years ago

      Very cool lens indeed... A nice variety of jello shot ideas...

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      That brain hemorrhage shot looks absolutely disgusting... great for Halloween :)

      ~BLESSED~

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @jaredsgirl: I think Jello shots are really cool, too. Thanks for your comment.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @AngryBaker: I am always willing to help those that want to do things right. And, yes it is a bit daunting when you first start as you don't know what you are doing. I should know. LOL

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @anonymous: LOL, Tipi.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @SandyMertens: Thank you for the comment and the Blessing

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @SmithMikes: Thank you. By the way, the link to your lens is http://www.squidoo.com/halloweens-costumes-to-give...

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @dahlia369: Thank you for the comment and the Blessing

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @shellys-space: Thank you for the comment and thank you for the Blessing.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @halloweenprops: Thank you

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @bead at home mom: Thank you. I thought they were rather ghoulish, too.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @boutiqueshops: I'd heard of them before but not like these. LOL

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      jaredsgirl 5 years ago

      I can't wait to try these!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Sure, anyone who is so hip to jello shots is my idea of a cool person ;-)

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      I wanted to thank you for the help and advice you've given me over the past few months. Getting started on Squidoo was a bit daunting.... but you made it easier. Thanks so much!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think I just landed in jello shot heaven, there's always room for jello!

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great ideas. Love the jello eyeballs and intensive ward shots. Blessed! Please add this to the non Zazzle plexo on my Halloween Zazzle and Blessings 2011 lens.

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      SmithMikes 5 years ago

      Beautiful Posts.Halloween Costumes

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Nicely done lens & great resource. ***Angel blessed*** :)

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I have no more to add to this list, you have plenty of goulish ideas already :) Your page is lots of fun and Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      halloweenprops 5 years ago

      These look fantastic!

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      Teri Hansen 5 years ago

      Love the lens, ghoulish idea.

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      boutiqueshops 5 years ago

      How cool are these??? I'd never heard of them before. Hmmm....interesting!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @Heather426: LOL Heather

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @groovyfind: Aren't they gross! I thought they were pretty cool, too.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: I have heard of jello shots before but none like these. LOL Thank you for posting the link to your facebook page.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @WindyWintersHubs: It sounds like it would really be something fun to have at a party.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @AngryBaker: Thank you for adding my lens as a feature to your lens. Also thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      Loved this lens... added it as a featured lens in my Cake Eyeballs for Halloween lens...

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      OMG, I love Jello shots. We make ours with more tequila and less water though, lol...and no worms, they take up space!

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      Samantha Devereux 5 years ago from Columbia Mo

      The syringes were awesome...and gross!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      What fun, I've never heard of jello shots before. I'm posting a link to your page on our Facebook page, Halloween Every Day.

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great fun for adult parties!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @Beaddoodler: LOL No, nowadays, it is any excuse for a party. I used to go to Halloween parties when I was younger (adult). Haven't been to one in ages.

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      Jennie Hennesay 5 years ago from Lubbock TX

      I usually think of Halloween parties as being for kids. Clearly I'm an old fogey. Loved your jello shots!