Hut, hut… HIKE!
(Or… “OMAHA! OMAHA! If you prefer).
If you’re like me, a big game party just wouldn’t be complete without a few boozy bites. Get in the game by making them in the colors of the teams that are playing in New Jersey on February 2nd. This year it’s Seattle versus Denver!
To represent this year’s teams, you’ll need a box of orange-colored gelatin dessert (I went with peach by accident, but orange flavor is probably best for color), a large box of blue gelatin dessert (you’ll need it for both teams), a box of green (lime) gelatin dessert and a creamy white layer (to set the colors apart), made with a mixture of sweetened condensed milk and plain gelatin.
You’ll need two separate pans of jelly shots, which means LOTS of measuring cups. Grab anything you’ve got that has a pour spout. To hold the shots, I used two smaller breading pans, but you could also use a square dish, similar to these Holly Jolly Jelly Shots.
Lightly coat your pans with cooking spray, and then using a paper towel, wipe it out. This will leave a light residue to help unmold your shots, but it won’t affect the taste.
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 orange layer, sprinkle half a packet of gelatin over 1/4 cup of water. (The extra gelatin will make it easier to grab the squares later on). Allow it to soak in a minute or two. Add one box of the orange or peach 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.
For the blue layer, since it’s being used for both teams, you’ll want to use a large box or two smaller boxes. Start with 1/2 cup water and a full packet of unflavored gelatin. Add the box of berry blue gelatin dessert, two cups of boiling water, and then once everything is dissolved, add 1.5 cups of vodka.
The white layer is non-alcoholic. This time, sprinkle two packets of gelatin over 1/2 cup of water. Allow it to soak in a minute or two. Pour in 1 cup of boiling water and one 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. Stir until everything is thoroughly mixed and gelatin is dissolved. You’ll have approximately 3 cups. You will eventually need a SECOND white layer, but only make one batch at a time.
Pour some of the orange mixture into the prepared pan (about a cup for a square baker, and about a half cup for a small breading pan size). Do the same with the green gelatin.
Place pans 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.
It’s VERY important that your white layer has cooled to room temperature. Otherwise, you'll melt the bottom layer. Pour in about the same amount you used of the first color, place in fridge and allow to set. Pour slowly to avoid air bubbles, and try your best to pop any bubbles before placing in the fridge. Also, if you’re not using a glass dish, it’s important to keep track of which pan is which.
Repeat process with other colors. For the first pan, Denver, you’ll go in this order:
For the second pan, Seattle, you’ll go in this order:
Once you're 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. (Alternately, you can just cut in the pan itself, but it might be harder to remove the first few squares).
Optional garnish: Place on serving platter and top with whipped cream. If using homemade, use a piping bag. Otherwise, you can always use the canned variety. The whipped cream will start to melt pretty quickly, so you may want to allow guests to add their own or skip this step entirely. Another option would be to walk around and serve them as soon as you’ve added the whipped cream.
A quick note about the colors… They will appear slightly “pastel” due to the white layers. You could try adding a few drops of food coloring to deepen the color a bit, but I thought they were pretty as-is. Skinnier white layers might help as well. Also… although the peach gelatin was a delicious accident, I think orange would be a little… well, more orangey.
If you’d like, add Skittles or other colored candies to coordinate with each team. (One of Seattle’s players has a particular affinity for Skittles, so it works).
Plate them together or separately, and encourage partygoers to support their team by which jelly shot they choose. OR, if all of your guests are rooting for the same team, simply make one pan of shots. Either way, you’re sure to score major points at the party.
Which jelly shot are you rooting for this year?
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 (including endless jelly shot ideas) on her alphabet-themed food blog, e is for eat. Cheers!