These boozy Halloween jello shots are made with layers of grape and orange jello topped with whipped cream, Halloween sprinkles, and a chocolate spiderweb.

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Close up side view of multiple prepared Halloween jello shots, showing off the vibrant layers of orange and purple.

About Halloween Jello Shots

With bright layers of boozy orange and grape jello, these Halloween shots are ready to be served at your next spooky party. Plus, you can get creative with your toppings, from festive sprinkles to gummy worms to your own chocolate designs!

What tools do you need to make jello shots?

Before getting started, make sure you have the following on hand:

  • 2 Ounce Plastic Shot Cups with Lids. You can also use standard shot glasses, but be aware that you can’t “shoot” with those – since it’s solid glass, you can’t squeeze the cups to help loosen the jello. If you use any type of firm container, plan on serving the jello shots with spoons.
  • Funnel or Injector – Makes it easier to fill the jello cups.
  • Mixing bowl, saucepan, whisk – All used for preparing and mixing the jello shots.

What’s in Halloween jello shots?

To make your own batch of orange and purple jello shots, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Orange and grape gelatin – Both types of gelatin are used to give these jello shots a Halloween theme. You can also use other spooky colors or flavors of gelatin, like lime, blackberry, mango, cherry, etc.
  • Vodka and water – Because every jello shot needs spirits for punch and water to form the gelatin.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips – Used for creating cute chocolate spiderwebs that are perched on top of the jello shots. This is a totally optional step but it does give these jello shots a dose of flavor and creepy flair.
  • Whipped cream and Halloween sprinkles – For decoration and fun!

What type of vodka should you use?

You can you any flavor of vodka that you’d like, but I might suggest sticking to the colors of the gelatin (orange and grape) or giving the shots a creamy vibe with vanilla or whipped cream vodka. As far as brands, I regularly use Smirnoff and recommend it.

Top down view of multiple Halloween jello shots on an orange cloth, showing off the toppings of whipped cream, sprinkles, and chocolate spider webs.

What type of chocolate should you use?

There are many different brands of chocolate chips – even some made by popular candy companies – but from my experience, the best chocolate for baking, fudges, or truffles is Ghirardelli. It consistently performs well while baking, has a great texture (never chalky), and has a delicious flavor. This brand is a little more expensive, but trust me, you’ll appreciate the flavor and consistency you’ll get from the premium quality.

You can find their semi-sweet chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate bar either in the bakery aisle of most grocery stores or you can buy it online.

Can you make jello shots in advance?

Yes, you totally can! That’s the best part about jello – once it’s made, it can last a few days in the refrigerator. Just make sure the jello shots are stored in a sealed container (or that the individual cups have their lids).

However, I would recommend waiting to decorate the jello shots with whipped cream, sprinkles, and spiderwebs until just before serving. The whipped cream will “deflate” over time, becoming a soupy mess on top of the jello shots.

How long are jello shots good for?

Once prepared, these jello shots can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three to five days.

Can you freeze jello shots?

Bad news here, guys. Because jello shots have a gelatinous form and freeze differently than water or juice, I can’t recommend freezing these jello shots. The freezing process will change the texture of the jello and dilute the flavor.

For best results, enjoy these jello shots while they’re freshly made.

Notes & tips for Halloween jello shots

  • Although you may be tempted to, do not add more than 1/2 cup alcohol (total) to each batch of gelatin. Alcohol does not solidify, so more alcohol would cause the jello not to set properly. The recipe is balanced so that you can still enjoy boozy jello shots with classic jello texture.
  • This recipe is designed to use two-ounce jello shot cups. You can also use one-ounce jello shot cups to easily double the yield (but you will have smaller jello shots).
  • You can increase the yield of this recipe without any issues or adjustments, so feel free to whip up one large batch!
Hand holding a Halloween jello shot up to the camera, topped with a chocolate spiderweb and a small plastic spider.

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How to make Halloween jello shots

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – Add water to a saucepan, then bring to a boil.

Step 2 – Add grape powdered gelatin to a large mixing bowl, then pour in boiling water. Whisk them together until the gelatin is dissolved.

Step 3 – Pour in the vodka and a little more water, then whisk again to combine.

Step 4 – Create the first layer by pouring the jello into your chosen cups, filling about 1/4 to 1/2 of the way full. Once ready, transfer the jello shots to the refrigerator to set.

Step 5 – Let chill.

Step 6 – When the first layer is set, prepare the orange gelatin the same way you did the grape: boil water, mix boiling water with pink gelatin until dissolved, add chilled vodka and a little more cup water, then whisk again.

Step 7 – Pour the orange gelatin on top of the grape gelatin, filling each cup about 3/4 to all of the way full.

Step 8 – Let chill again.

Step 9 – While the jello sets, add the semi-sweet chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl and heat until smooth. Transfer the chocolate to a pastry bag or Ziploc bag with a small cut for piping. Lay out a piece of parchment paper, then use the melted chocolate to draw spiderwebs (or other Halloween designs) that are about one inch wide. When done, transfer the chocolate designs to the refrigerator to set.

Step 10 – Top each jello shot with whipped cream, Halloween sprinkles, and a chocolate spiderweb.

Step 11 – Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Close up side view of multiple prepared Halloween jello shots, showing off the vibrant layers of orange and purple.
5 from 1 vote

Halloween Jello Shots

10 minutes prep + 5 minutes cook + 4 hours Setting Time
171 kcal
Yields: 14 jello shots
These boozy Halloween jello shots are made with layers of grape and orange jello topped with whipped cream, Halloween sprinkles, and a chocolate spiderweb.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat.
    3 cups water
  • In a large bowl, pour in boiled water and add grape gelatin. Whisk quickly until gelatin is dissolved.
    3 ounces grape gelatin
  • Add 1/2 cup chilled vodka and 1/2 cup cold water to gelatin mixture and whisk quickly until combined.
    1 cup vodka, 3 cups water
  • Using a funnel or injector, pour grape gelatin into shot cups, smoothing or spooning out any bubbles that form on top. Fill cups about 1/4 to 1/2 of the way, leaving plenty of room for the second layer.
  • Place jello shots in the refrigerator and let set for 2 hours.
  • When ready to add the next layer, prepare the orange gelatin the same way as the grape: boil 1 cup water, mix boiling water with orange gelatin until dissolved, add 1/2 cup chilled vodka and 1/2 cup water, then whisk again.
    3 cups water, 3 ounces orange gelatin, 1 cup vodka
  • Remove jello shots from the refrigerator. Using a funnel or injector, pour orange gelatin into shot cups, smoothing or spooning out any bubbles that form on top. Fill cups the rest of the way, roughly 3/4 to all the way full.
  • Place finished jello shots in the refrigerator and let set for 2 hours.
  • While jello sets, prepare chocolate spiderwebs (optional). Add semi-sweet chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds on 50% power, then stir. Continue to heat for 15-second intervals, mixing in between, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
    1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Transfer melted chocolate to a pastry bag and make a small cut at the tip (or use a Ziploc bag with a small cut in the corner). Do a quick squeeze test; chocolate should come out freely in a narrow string. Adjust hole size as needed.
  • Lay out a piece of parchment paper. Carefully pipe out 1-inch wide spiderwebs (or other Halloween-themed designs.) You should be able to create up to 20-25 spiderwebs.
  • Transfer chocolate spiderwebs to refrigerator to set, about 30 minutes.
  • Top each jello shot with whipped cream, Halloween sprinkles, and a chocolate spiderweb.
    whipped cream, Halloween sprinkles
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1jello shot | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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