Saturday, February 5, 2011

Super Bowl Jello Shots

This recipe was originally posted this back ... yikes, 2011! We've updated the photo for the 2015 Super Bowl - Seahawks v. Patriots, but everything else has stayed the same. Go Teams!

Packers and Steelers Jello Shots face off on the serving platter . . . which jello shot will reign supreme??

Happy Super Bowl everyone!  I thought you all might enjoy a little jello shot as you cheer your team on!  (Try as I might, I can't call this recipe a jelly shot - its nothing short of an old school classic jello shot - perfect for the Super Bowl!)  The technique used is called 'stained glass' gelatin, and its been around forever.  Not sure if anyone has liquored it up before, but thought it was worth a try!

Regarding setting time, while its ideal if these can set overnight, however, I made this particular batch this morning, finished by 9 a.m., and cut the jello shots for photographs at 12:30 p.m. - and they were fully set and fine.  The most important part is to make sure that the creamy gelatin is room temperature - not warm at all - or your little colored cubes will get melty and murky.

Some of you have noticed that new posts on JSTK haven't been as frequent - thanks for your messages.  I am indeed alive and over the flu, but have been working through with some unfortunate and time consuming events.  (Not health related, thank goodness . . . and hopefully will be resolved soon.)  I really do have the best followers ever - and want to thank you from the bottom of my jelly-shotting heart for visiting JSTK and all your wonderful comments . . . you are an absolute ray of sunshine to me and I wish I could reach out and give you all a big hug and kiss (or a firm and earnest handshake if you have personal boundary issues . . . )  In the meantime, Intern Doug has graciously agreed to expand his extensive internship duties to an occasional post on JSTK - very exciting!  Go Intern Doug!

 And Gooooooo Team(s)!!  Cheers and XOXOX,


“Team Colors” Jello Shots

Step One – Team Colors Gelatin
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 envelopes Knox gelatin
  • 2 3 oz. boxes flavored gelatin dessert in team colors (For the Packers, I used Pineapple and Lime flavors - for the Steelers black, I added two drops of McCormick black food coloring before chilling.  Sugar free or regular gelatin is fine - I am partial to the sugar free gelatin – it dissolves so easily!)
  • 2 cups ice cold vodka or rum (separated, and note that flavored liquor is nice but not required)

Pour water into a small saucepan and 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 powder into two separate bowls.  Divide the hot gelatin mixture and 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 - I used four standard 1 lb loaf pans (about 8” x 4”) in order to have relatively symmetrical gelatin blocks.  Chill until fully set, several hours or overnight. 

Step Two – 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

Pour water into a medium saucepan and 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 can of condensed milk. Set mixture aside to cool to room temperature. 
Remove the colored gelatin from the refrigerator and cut into small blocks.  Carefully mix the blocks as desired and place in a 9 x 13 glass or non-reactive metal pan (or use two standard 1 lb loaf pans – that’s what I used to make the colors for both Superbowl teams).  Return blocks to refrigerator until milk mixture is cool.
 Once the milk mixture is cooled, divide equally and 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 and plate.