Candy Cane Jello Shots

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These Candy Cane Jello Shots are a fun adults only recipe made with Vanilla Vodka, Peppermint Schnapps and of course, crushed candy canes.

If you are heading to an adult holiday party and want to bring something fun and new, these are a huge hit. We love making creative Jello shots and are so excited to have a Christmas Jello shot! In the past people have fallen in love with our Salted Caramel Bourbon Milkshake and these Boozy Lemon Bars.

Candy Cane Jello Shots

Candy Cane Jello Shots

Making these are of course very similar to making regular Jello, but you add in a little kick to it. Because of that, it’s important to follow the directions below exactly.

This recipe has a red cherry layer made with the Vanilla Vodka and a white layer made with Peppermint Schnapps. You’ll get a delicious cherry vanilla flavor when it’s combined together.

Making Candy Cane Jello Shots

In order to make the layers look like they are twisting like a candy cane, we pour the Jello mixture in at an angle. It’s easy to do, just put your shot glasses in a muffin tin and tip them to the side.

Candy Cane Jello Shots

The crushed candy canes go right in the middle of the layers and make a great crunchy texture when you’re eating these.

Candy Cane Jello Shots

Cheers to an epic annual holiday party and a very Merry Christmas!

Candy Cane Jello Shots
5 from 22 votes

Candy Cane Jello Shots

This fun Candy Cane Jello Shots are a fun adults only recipe made with Vanilla Vodka, Peppermint Schnapps and of course, crushed candy canes.
Servings: 16 shots
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Setting Time: 35 minutes
Total: 55 minutes



Cherry Jello:

  • Boil your boxed jello with one cup of water.
  • Stir to combine.
  • When the Jello is dissolved pour in a cup of "cold" vanilla vodka.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Set to the side at room temp.

White Layer:

  • Pour 1 cup water and 3 tablespoon condensed milk into a sauce pan.
  • Add 2 packets of Knox gelatin on top and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Turn on the stove to medium to high heat.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Add about 3 tablespoons of sugar to the mixture.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Add 1 cup cold peppermint schnapps.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Set to the side at room temp.
  • Add 1 tbsp. of red jello to your shot glasses and place them at a titled angle in a muffin pan.
  • Wait for the jello to harden (about 30-45 mins).
  • Add 1 tsp. of white jello on top of the red jello
  • Wait for the jello to harden (about 20-35 mins).
  • Repeat 2x
  • Fill your glass with the remaining red jello and let it harden.
  • Top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.

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Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 14mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg


Candy Cane Jello Shots

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5 comments on “Candy Cane Jello Shots”

  1. 5 stars
    Does the remaining red jello not harden while waiting for red then white to set in the shot cups??? So excited to try making them!

    1. I put shots in refrigerator between layers for about 15 minutes for first layer and 10 minutes for the remaining. The remaining jello had not started to solidify until the very end, so no worries.

  2. I’m excited to make these festive jello shots! I noticed in your description you mention crushed candy canes between