red white + blue stained glass jello shots

by amy on 30 June 2011

the fourth of the july weekend is almost upon us! in perusing patriotic recipes, i came across the usual suspects – the strawberry, blueberry + whipped cream parfaits, the cake decorated with fruit to looks like the american flag, + then i came across red, white + blue stained glass jello shots. hello? major breakthrough on the fourth of july recipe front.

while jello shots usually conjure up images of frat parties, these definitely bring a new level of class to jello shots. let’s be honest – these are never going to be creme brulee or profiteroles. however, they are pretty enough that they could easily attend any fourth of july party. + the flavor? surprisingly good! the condensed milk lends a creaminess that makes them quite tasty + the booze is almost undetectable, which is both wonderful + dangerous. so, if you’re looking for a recipe that will stand out from the ol’ fourth of july regulars, this is definitely for you!

red, white + blue stained glass jello shots

makes a whole lotta jello shots, adapted from the jelly shot test kitchen

ingredients for the red + blue jello

2 cups water
2 envelopes Knox gelatin
2 3 oz. boxes flavored gelatin dessert in red + blue colors
2 cups ice cold vodka or rum, separated (i used vodka)

directions for the red + blue jello

pour water into a small saucepan + sprinkle with gelatin.  allow to soak for a minute of two.  heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes)

pour the flavored gelatin powders into two separate bowls.  divide the hot gelatin mixture + add one part to each bowl. stir until dissolved.  let cool for a few minutes, then stir in the liquor. pour into four separate containers to chill.  chill until fully set, several hours or overnight.

ingredients for the creamy gelatin

2 cups water
2 1/2 envelopes Knox gelatin (1/2 envelope is about 1 tsp gelatin powder)
1/2 of a 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

directions for the creamy gelatin

pour water into a medium saucepan + sprinkle with the gelatin.  allow to soak for a minute or two.  heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes).

stir in the condensed milk. set mixture aside to cool to room temperature.

remove the colored gelatin from the refrigerator + cut into small blocks.  carefully mix the blocks as desired + place in a 9 x 13 glass or non-reactive metal pan.  return blocks to refrigerator until milk mixture is cool.

once the milk mixture is cooled, divide equally + pour it over the gelatin blocks.  skim off any small bubbles that form. chill until fully set, several hours or overnight.to serve, cut into squares + plate.

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1 Leah | So, How's It Taste? June 30, 2011 at 11:52 am

I love these! So pretty and so versatile, I bet you could change the colors to fit any occasion. Nice!

2 amy June 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm

yes! actually, the first time i saw them online, they were in superbowl team colors. i fully expect you to break them out in bama colors during the college football season. =)

3 Amber @ Caleigh's Kitchen June 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Saw someone do these the other day! I think they sound too easy not to do for the 4th party! Print! :-)

4 amy June 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm

enjoy ‘em! they are super easy to make, but a little time consuming with having to wait for them to set. make sure you make ‘em the day before so they have plenty of time to set. =)

5 Ally Garner June 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Ooh, these are so pretty & easy to make! And i love your suggestion for Leah about tailgates. We’re season tix holders for both UGA (me) and Bama (hubs) games. Brilliant idea! Now i just have to find black jello….

So cute Amy-hope y’all have a safe & terrific 4th!

6 amy June 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm

thanks, girl! a tip for when you make ‘em – mccormick makes black food coloring that you can use to darken any of the other colors. it might still have a tinge of the original color but will look mostly black. i’m going to try some two-toned blue ones for the tennessee Titans season! have a great 4th!

7 Maris (In Good Taste) June 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Definitely takes me back to college! These look alot better tho!

8 amy June 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm

agree! they’re a lot nicer to eat this way than gulping ‘em out of a dixie cup, too. =)

9 Chrissy June 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm

*Totally* making these for the weekend. (PS – do you have any good ideas for other red, white & blue desserts? I’ve got some strawberries and blueberries that I’d love to make use of…)

10 amy June 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm

woohoo! yes, if you have strawberries + blueberries, here are two easy, crowd-friendly recipes that you might dig.
1. creme-filled strawberries. extra bonus: can be spiked! http://www.bakersroyale.com/fast-and-easy/4th-of-july-creme-filled-strawberries/
2. fruit pops. super cool looking. http://www.bakersroyale.com/fruit/fourth-of-july-dessert-fruit-pops/
random that both are from the same site, but i’m rolling with it. let me know if you want more cake/cookie/baked typed recipes – i have plenty of time to hunt some down for you tonight + tomorrow.
=D

11 Renee June 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Ok. These are just out of control beautiful and delicious looking. I thought I was over jello shots but these, well, have made me reconsider.

12 amy June 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm

you are too sweet! i hadn’t had jello shots since college but loved these when i made ‘em. they’re quite tasty + the colors are just so festive. i bet you could do a nice twist on them with wine instead of vodka. just an idea. =)

13 ErinsFoodFiles July 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

So cute & FESTIVE!

14 amy July 1, 2011 at 7:03 am

cute + festive + booze = win!

15 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) July 1, 2011 at 7:43 am

Great idea…how cute! I may have to make these for a summer party in a different set of colors…I’ll be on VACA in Chicago over July 4th, so I won’t be able to make any of the fun red-white-blue recipes I’m seeing!

16 amy July 1, 2011 at 8:13 am

they’d definitely be cute using sports team colors or other holiday colors, so i can’t wait to see what you do with ‘em. have a great vacation + a happy fourth of july!

17 Lesley July 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I’m not a jell-o eater, but I just wanted to say that they look a bit like those soaps they sell in chunks. I can’t remember the name, but they smell great. :)

18 amy July 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

oh wow, they do! i hadn’t noticed that before. they taste way better than soap, though. in doing a google search, i determined that those soaps have the unfortunate name of ‘chunk soaps.’

19 Chrissy July 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Oh man, those 2 recipes look fab; I may try the spiked strawberries. I was thinking about making something in the baked goods/pie realm as well, so feel free to toss more recipes my way! =)

20 Lenore July 3, 2011 at 12:44 am

What a fun idea! I wish I was having people over this weekend just to have an excuse to try them out :)

21 amy July 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm

you can try ‘em out even if you aren’t having people over. =) more for you!

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