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Snowman Jell-O shots: The winter piña colada treat you never knew you needed

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

You can totally do piña colada Jell-O shots in the winter — as long as they're in snowman form

Sure, we usually associate Jell-O shots with a summertime pool party — especially when they're piña colada flavored. But when you shape your shots into adorable little Jell-O snowmen, suddenly it becomes completely acceptable to slurp your piña colada shot when temperatures are below freezing.

Skewer up some simple snowman Jell-O shots and serve a Christmas cocktail that no one will be forgetting any time soon — even if they can't remember the whole night.

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Snowman Jell-O shot pops recipe

Yields 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce (4 small envelopes) Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup rum
  • 3 cups piña colada mix
  • 12 drink stir sticks (for skewering snowmen)
  • 24 Tootsie Roll Midgees (for snowman hats) 
  • Food coloring markers or decorator candies (optional)
  • 3 small round cookie cutters or plastic tubes (2-inch, 1-1/4-inch and 1-inch) 

Tip: If you can't find cookie cutters small enough, cut apart some plastic candy cane tubes. It works perfectly!

You can totally do piña colada Jell-O shots in the winter — as long as they're in snowman form

Directions:


Step 1: Make the Jell-O

You can totally do piña colada Jell-O shots in the winter — as long as they're in snowman form

Sprinkle gelatin over 1 cup of cold rum in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Heat 3 cups of piña colada mix in a saucepan until boiling. Add hot piña colada mix to gelatin and rum mixture. Stir for 5 minutes until gelatin completely dissolves. Spray a 9 x 12-inch pan lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Pour gelatin mixture into pan. Refrigerate for 3 hours.

Step 2: Make snowman hats

You can totally do piña colada Jell-O shots in the winter — as long as they're in snowman form

Soften Tootsie Rolls for 5-8 seconds in a microwave (two Midgees at a time.) Roll one into a small circle and roll the other into the shape of a top hat. Press them together and poke a drink stir stick into the bottom.

Step 3: Cut snowman Jell-O circles

You can totally do piña colada Jell-O shots in the winter — as long as they're in snowman form

Using your cookie cutters or plastic tubes, cut the snowman circles from the firm, refrigerated gelatin — 12 of each size.

Step 4: Skewer your snowmen

You can totally do piña colada Jell-O shots in the winter — as long as they're in snowman form

Starting with the smallest circles, skewer them onto the drink stir sticks with the hats. Add the next two sizes to each stick.

Step 5: Decorate your snowmen

You can totally do piña colada Jell-O shots in the winter — as long as they're in snowman form

Add eyes, noses and buttons with food coloring markers or tiny decorator candies.

Step 6: Display your snowmen

You can totally do piña colada Jell-O shots in the winter — as long as they're in snowman form

Add your snowmen Jell-O shots to a cute platter and set out at your holiday party.

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Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

You can totally do piña colada Jell-O shots in the winter — as long as they're in snowman form
Image: AMC

Originally published December 2015. Updated December 2016.

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