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
- 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!
Step 1: Make the Jell-O
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
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
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
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
Add eyes, noses and buttons with food coloring markers or tiny decorator candies.
Step 6: Display your snowmen
Add your snowmen Jell-O shots to a cute platter and set out at your holiday party.
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Originally published December 2015. Updated December 2016.