Friday, March 30, 2012

Jelly Shot 1-2-3




Hello, jelly people. I've done additional testing on this recipe, as well as updated the photos for Super Bowl 2015. Basically, this recipe reliably produces two consistent layers in each, if you are consistent about processes and amounts with each batch. 

However, I made 6 or so batches last week, and wasn't able to get a third layer in either alcoholic or booze-free versions, even after consulting the Jell-O brand website for the mothership's instructions for their non-alcoholic version of the dessert (I'm curious if their third layer was achieved via the magic of the Adobe Creative Suite.) My third layer is achieved via the magic of whipped topping. 

Basically, one must be consistent, blend a bit less than I originally posted, and be fast fast fast with completion of the steps. Updated technique follows below, and below that, step-by-step photos. Additionally, please note that this recipe is not suitable for large vessels, such a big bowl or gelatin mold, as it becomes unstable (i.e. slush).

Jelly Shot 1-2-3 (UPDATED TECHNIQUE 1/30/2015)

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 package flavored gelatin dessert (3oz/85g size, any flavor)
  • 1/2 cup thawed Cool Whip (plus additional for topping if desired)
  • 1/2 cup ice cold vodka, bourbon or other liquor (I’ve used flavored vodka, Red Stag bourbon and rum, all with great results. But it must be COLD. Ideally from freezer.)
  • approximately 3/4 cup ice cubes, enough make to a scant 1 1/4 cup cold liquid when combined with the cold liquor. (I used 9-10 of the standard in-freezer ice maker variety of ice cubes, if that helps. But do measure.)

Instructions:
Prepare your shot glasses. Have them at the ready before starting out. 

Pour boiling water into blender. Add gelatin dessert mix. Cover and blend at low speed until the gelatin mix completely dissolved, 15-20 seconds.  

Add the cold liquor, ice cubes and  Cool Whip. Blend at high speed for 10 second. You will hear a couple big chunks of ice in there. Give it another 10 second pulse.

QUICKLY pour into shot glasses. QUICKLY get them into the fridge. QUICK QUICK QUICK. Your layers depend upon it.

Chill until set (several hours). Dessert will form layers as it chills. 

Immediately before serving add additional Cool Whip and sprinkles, if desired.

Yield: Recipe makes about 25 oz liquid, approximately 12 servings.

Prepare your shot glasses. I like to put mine in a sturdy pan, and reinforce them with kitchen towels for stability while pouring.
 Add gelatin mixture to the blender.
 Pour in boiling water.
 Blend until dissolved.
 Add the ice cold liquor, ice cubes, and whipped topping to the blender. QUICK QUICK QUICK.
 Blend on high for 10 seconds. Then give it another 10 second pulse.
Pour into the prepared shot glasses and get them into the refrigerator. QUICK QUICK QUICK. Your layers depend upon it!
Top with more whipped topping, if desired. Enjoy the sweet, fluffy texture of this revamped childhood treat!



HISTORICAL VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL 2011 POST (retained for posterity, etc.)

Certainly you knew that it would come to this, eventually - the day when JSTK put a spin on the childhood treat that most likely fueled my unhealthy obsession fascination with gelatin as a whole. That's right, Jello 1-2-3! Unfortunately, that magical three layered delight is no longer available as a ready made mix, but there are recipes a-plenty out there on the interweb.

Before I get to the recipe, a few notes:
  • The Layered Look. While each and every iteration was absolutely delicious, the visuals for each batch varied quite a bit (as you can see from the photos). And, although layering occurred, the sum total was more like a Jelly Shot 1-2 than a 1-2-3. (I made the recipes multiple times, thinking it was user error, but each time it was a bit different, even with fully consistent technique.) So, I popped a tiny layer of whip on the top so you wouldn't feel cheated out of a third layer. Plus, whip is needed to hold the sprinkles.
  • Alcohol choices. JSTK's adorable and brilliant attorney, Helene Freeman of Phillips Nizer, was quite firm that the Louisville Kentucky version (lower left hand corner) contain bourbon. As such, that Jelly Shot is made with cherry gelatin and Jim Beam Red Stag black cherry bourbon. The end result is nothing short of awesome*, and I'm not usually a bourbon fan - even the tiniest quantity seems to give me the hiccups. But I would endure them in this case.  
  • School Colors. I hope they're all correct enough, and that I haven't caused offense with my sports decoration idiocy. (If so, please be kind in your floggings, and put the oranges in a sock first.) I'm not very sporty, but big games like this are fun, even for non-fans. So. I wavered adding yellow sprinkles to the Louisville shots, but wanted something to differentiate from Ohio which already had the black and red. And that cute bird on the Louisville logo has that nice yellow beak. The whole sprinkle situation was a comedy of errors from the get-go. A large sprinkle wheel was purchased for the purposes of this post, as naturally it held every rainbow color, but lo and behold, where the blue ought to be ... PURPLE. Which even I know would be a faux pas. So I hand selected the blue sprinkles for the tops of the Kentucky shots from my mixed rainbow sprinkles. (Yes. with my actual hands. They are so tiny. I have a headache.) And that's why poor Kansas didn't get any blue - sorry guys, but at least I got the "maize" in there. Wicked, dreadful sprinkle wheel. 

Caveats aside, I loved this recipe - hope it add's some fun and frivolity to your Final Four Festivities. I'm going to keep working to see if I can come up with a method to get around the variations in layering. I also hear tell of another 1-2-3 recipe out there that calls for a bunch of dry ingredients, such as coffee creamer and meringue powder. At any rate, enjoy! 

XO, Michelle

* P.S. In addition to her considerable charm and delightful-ness, Helene is typically 100% right. About everything.  But I made an error in recalling her actual pick ... it was Kentucky. I'm too addled now to figure out which is which and what team colors were off. Sorry Helene!!


Jelly Shot 1-2-3

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 package flavored gelatin dessert (3oz/85g size, any flavor)
  • 1/2 cup thawed Cool Whip (plus additional for topping if desired)
  • 1/2 cup ice cold vodka, bourbon or other liquor (I’ve used both flavored vodka and Red Stag bourbon – both were yum!)
  • 3/4 cup ice
  • Sprinkles

Instructions:

Pour boiling water into blender. Add gelatin dessert mix. Cover and blend at low speed until completely dissolved, about 30 seconds.

Combine cold liquor and ice cubes to make 1 1/4 cups, and add to blender with the Cool Whip. Stir until ice is partially melted. Blend at high speed for 30 seconds.

Pour into shot glasses. Chill until set (several hours). Dessert layers as it chills.

Immediately before serving add additional Cool Whip and sprinkles, if desired.

Yield: Recipe makes about 25 oz liquid, approximately 12 servings. 


Which Final Four Jelly Shot 1-2-3 will be Numero Uno? (Helene's money is on Louisville ...)

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