These adorable jelly shots aren't served in glasses, but in mini edible jelly shot bowls!
As a kid, my mom used to make a special fruit salad we would have at holidays or special occasions. It was basically a combo of fruit and homemade whipped cream. No wonder my sister and I would always ask for seconds!
That fruit salad provided the inspiration for these miniature fruity vanilla jelly shots ... they are *literally* a fruit cocktail!
Prepare a mini muffin pan by spraying with nonstick cooking spray and gently wiping out with a paper towel. This will leave just enough residue to help dislodge the shots later.
If you have a silicone pan that will work better for dislodging shots. Also, go for a deeper “cup” as opposed to a wider one, if possible.
Next, make your creamy white gelatin. This will serve as the “whipped cream” flavor and the bowls for holding your “fruit”.
Pour water into a small saucepan and sprinkle with two envelopes of unflavored gelatin. Allow gelatin to soak in a minute or two. Heat on medium and stir until gelatin has dissolved. Remove from heat and pour in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla or whipped cream vodka.
Transfer to something with a pour spout (such as a measuring cup) and fill cavities of mini muffin pan with the white gelatin mixture. Place in the refrigerator for four hours (or overnight) to allow gelatin to set properly.
Prepare three small pans for the colored gelatin in the same manner as the muffin pan.
To make the colored gelatin, place pineapple juice in a small saucepan and sprinkle with remaining two envelopes of unflavored gelatin. Allow it to soak in a minute or two. Heat on medium, stirring until gelatin has dissolved. Remove from heat and pour in the pineapple vodka.
Separate the mixture evenly into the three small, prepared pans. Using food coloring, dye each pan to desired colors (I did red, green and purple/blue). Allow to set in refrigerator at least two hours or overnight. This will be your “fruit”.
P.S. If you are making for a particular holiday or party, you can choose the colors based on the season. For example, green and red for Christmas, orange, yellow and black for Halloween, or red and pink for Valentine’s Day!
When ready to serve, gently pop the “bowls” out of the muffin pan and scoop the “bowl” with a melon baller.
Slice the colored gelatin into small squares and fill your bowls, topping with pieces of chopped pineapple as a garnish. (Make sure it’s canned pineapple, as fresh pineapple has an enzyme that doesn’t play nice with gelatin).
All the flavors of a fruit cocktail in an actual fruit cocktail. Bottoms up!
Jaymee Sire is an Emmy award-winning sports anchor by day and food blogger by night. (Or sometimes vice-versa depending on the sports schedule.) You can check out more of Jaymee’s delicious creations on her alphabet-themed food blog, e is for eat.