A Winter Pina
Colada Treat

Skewer-up some simple snowman Jell-O shots, and serve a Christmas cocktail that's both clever and delicious.

Snowman jello shot pops

These adorable adult Jell-O shot pops are perfect for your holiday party. With a pina colada flavor, these frosty treats bring a touch of summer to your winter soiree.

Snowman Jell-O shot pops recipe

Yields 12 snowmen


  • 1 ounce (4 small envelopes) Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup rum
  • 3 cups pina 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) 


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

Snowman jello shot pops -- ingredients



Make the Jell-O

Sprinkle gelatin over 1 cup of cold rum in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Heat 3 cups of pina colada mix in a saucepan until boiling. Add hot pina 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.

Snowman jello shot pops -- pour into pan


Make snowman hats

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.

Snowman jello shot pops -- make hats


Cut snowman Jell-O circles

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

Cut circles


Skewer your snowmen

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

Snowman jello shot pops -- skewer circles


Decorate your snowmen

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

Snowman jello shot pops add eyes


Display your snowmen

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

Snowman jello shot pops

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3D pine tree cookies
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Comments on "Snowman Jell-O shot pops"

Sandra July 01, 2013 | 2:02 PM

Anna - As long as you keep the gelatin to liquid ratio the same, you can use whatever rum or mix you'd like. (1 ounce of gelatin to 4 cups of liquid or 1/2 ounce gelatin to 2 cups liquid.)

Sandra July 01, 2013 | 1:58 PM

Ali - This recipe is the same one you would use to make jello shots, so the measurements would be the same. You'll probably still need to loosen them around the edge of your cup with a toothpick.

Anna June 29, 2013 | 6:14 PM

If I'm using a flavored rum, can I change the recipe to be half rum and half pina colada mix or will that totally ruin the mixture?

Ali June 29, 2013 | 6:05 PM

If I'm making these to serve in cups (no skewering required), should I still use these measurements? I'm worried about them being too firm in the shot glasses I provide.

Shannon February 16, 2013 | 5:59 PM

Super clever and cute!! Thanks for sharing! On my list for next year :)

Robin December 31, 2012 | 12:59 PM

Nevermind I figured out what I did wrong! :)

Robin December 31, 2012 | 7:50 AM

I made these last night, made sure everything was dissolved. Went to cut them this morning and I still have liquid. Any ideas what went wrong? I used the same brands as in the picture.

Sandra December 26, 2012 | 9:56 AM

Not quite sure what would cause the JellO to crack. I'm kind of a novice JellO cook myself. But I do know that if it's too thick, the shapes are more difficult to cut. Also, it helps to spray your cutters with nonstick cooking spray. Perhaps you didn't dissolve the gelatine long enough? Even though it appears to be dissolved, you really do need to stir it for 5 minutes before refrigerating.

Tina December 26, 2012 | 9:30 AM

Mine definitely didn't turn out as clean as these. In fact once i skewered them, the jello started cracking. What did i do wrong???

Sandra December 16, 2012 | 7:13 AM

Just wanted to share..... I made another batch of these to take to a Christmas party last night and used mini Rolo candies (attached to chocolate candy melts) to make the hats this time. I think it worked even better than Tootsie Rolls. Experiment for yourself and see what works best!

Lauren December 14, 2012 | 12:22 PM

Love this idea for a holiday party! So cute and they have alcohol in them, a win win! Thanks!

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