So you’re hosting a holiday party.
You want everyone to have a good time. You want to make something festive. You don’t want anything too complicated.
Enter…Holly Jolly Jelly Shots!
C’mon. It’s just not the holidays without red and green spiked gelatin.
To make these, you’ll need a box of cherry (red) gelatin dessert, a box of lime (green) gelatin dessert, and a white gelatin layer, made with a mixture of sweetened condensed milk and plain unflavored gelatin. Oh, and vodka. Duh. (Though, you can easily make these non-alcoholic for the kids. Just sub water where it calls for booze).
You’ll also want to grab any sort of measuring cup that you own (preferably ones with pour spouts).
You’ll also need a square dish of some sort. Lightly coat with cooking spray and then, using a paper towel, wipe out the dish. It will leave a light residue to help unmold your shots, but won’t affect the taste.
Next, mix the gelatin. Every layer you make will start this way. I found it easy to make each one in a large liquid measuring cup, and to boil water in my electric kettle. For the red layer, sprinkle half a packet of unflavored gelatin over 1/4 cup of water. Allow it to soak in for a minute or two. Add one box of the cherry gelatin, along with one cup boiling water. Stir until everything has dissolved. Add 3/4 cup of vodka. Repeat the same process to make the green layer. (The extra gelatin will make it easier to grab the squares later on).
The white layer is non-alcoholic. This time, sprinkle two packets of unflavored gelatin over ½ cup of water. Allow it to soak in for a minute or two. Pour in one cup of boiling water and one 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. Stir until everything is thoroughly mixed and the gelatin is dissolved. You’ll have approximately three cups.
Pour half of the red mixture into the prepared pan (about a cup). Place pan in refrigerator to set, about 20 minutes or so. You’ll know it’s set when you can lightly press down with your finger and it feels solid.
Once it’s set, you can move onto your first white layer.
Now, listen up!
It’s VERY important that your white layer has cooled to room temperature. Otherwise, you will melt the red layer. See that pinkish-red coating? Yeah, that’s what happens when you don’t wait. In retrospect, it made for an interesting and pretty color, so if you want a “creamier” look, simply mix a little of your white layer with the red and green.
Otherwise, do as I say, not as I do.
Pour in about 1/3 (1 cup) of the white liquid, place in fridge and allow to set. Oh, and if there are any air bubbles, do your best to pop them with a toothpick.
Repeat the process with half the green mixture. Then white, then red, then white again, and then green. In all, you’ll end up with 7 layers. You can make more if you want…it's up to you! Once you are done layering, allow everything to set up in the fridge another 2-3 hours, or even overnight.
During this process, I left everything out at room temperature and it was totally fine. If your mixtures start to solidify at all (particularly the white), just pop it in the microwave for a couple seconds, stir and allow to return to room temperature.
When you’re ready to serve, gently pull the edges away from the pan, and invert onto a cutting board. Slice into even squares. (Or you can just cut in the pan itself, but it might be harder to remove the first few squares).
Place on serving platter and top with whipped cream. If using homemade, use a piping bag. Otherwise, you can always use the canned variety.
Top with a small mint leaf and a red candy to simulate a holly leaf. (Note on the candy: I really, really wanted red hots, but couldn’t find any for the life of me. Instead, I used Boston baked beans, but I think red Skittles would work too).