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Election Jello Shots

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 5 hr 30 min
  • Servings 20

Three cheers for the red, white and blue ... jello shots! Party perfect for the 4th of July or any flag-wavin' celebration. MORE + LESS -

TBSP Susan
March 21, 2016


packages (3 oz.) Jell-O™ blue blueberry
packages (3 oz.) Jell-O™ red cherry
envelopes (1 oz.) unflavored gelatin
can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
to 3/4 cups vodka (plain or flavored *)
Water (for gelatin prep)
cookie cutters (donkey and elephant shapes for the political parties)


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  • 1
    Prepare two 9x13 glass baking pans by spraying lightly with cooking spray. With a paper towel, wipe spray until only a very light layer remains. This will help the gelatin release later.
  • 2
    BLUE GELATIN: Mix 3 packages of blue gelatin with 1 packet of unflavored gelatin. Add 1-3/4 cup boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add 1-1/4 cup vodka and stir well. Divide gelatin mixture evenly between the two pans. Set in refrigerator 20 minutes, until gelatin is set to the touch.
  • 3
    WHITE GELATIN: Add 2 packets of unflavored gelatin to 1-1/4 cup vodka. Let sit 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup boiling water and stir to completely dissolve gelatin. In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup boiling water with the can of sweetened condensed milk. Add milk mixture to gelatin mixture and stir to combine well. Remove pans from fridge. Divide white mixture evenly and pour it over blue layers in both pans. (TIP: Pour mixture slowly over an inverted measuring cup so it doesn't disturb the existing layer.) Return pans to fridge for 30 minutes.
  • 4
    RED GELATIN: Mix 3 packages of red gelatin with 1 packet of unflavored gelatin. Add 1-3/4 cup boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add 1-1/4 cups vodka and stir well. Remove pans from fridge. Divide red gelatin evenly and pour it over the white layer in both pans. (TIP: Pour mixture slowly over an inverted measuring cup so it doesn't disturb the existing layer.) Return pans to the fridge for 3 hours or overnight to fully set.
  • 5
    Remove pans from fridge. Using your cookie cutters as a size guide, cut pans into squares that will fit the cutters. Place a square on a plate or cutting board. Press the cookie cutter with even pressure, then -- while holding the cutter in place with one hand -- use your other hand to remove the excess gelatin from the edges. Carefully remove the cookie cutter and place shaped gelatin on a serving platter. NOTE: Invert the squares for the donkey shapes so the blue color is on top!

Expert Tips

  • Flavored vodkas would be great in this recipe. Try cake, cotton candy, marshmallow or vanilla vodka -- or your fave flave!
  • Substitute water for the vodka in all instances.
  • Available in specialty kitchen stores or online.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
Total Fat
1 1/2g
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Who’s gonna even care how the vote turns out on election night when you’re serving these bipartisan Election Jelly Shots?!

    Election night: It's a grin if ya win, or a snooze if you lose.

    But no matter how the votes swing, you’ll be stretching across the aisle offering your friends these patriotically perfect donkey and elephant jelly shots dressed head-to-toe in USA. Consider it your reward for getting your vote on.

    Are you a campaign volunteer? Whether you're manic for Mitt or batty for Barrack, these Election Jelly Shots in your party’s shape will be a straight-up hit at headquarters for sure!

    And -- best of all -- these are easier than filling out a ballot.

    Check it out:

    First, get some of these political-party logo cookie cutters. Easy to find online or at a specialty kitchen store.

    Mix up the blue vodka-gelatin and pour it into two 9x13" pans. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes.

    Mix up the white layer with sweetened-condensed milk, gelatin and vodka. Gently pour it over the blue layer. Place pans back in the fridge for 30 minutes.

    Mix up the red vodka-gelatin and gently pour it over the set white layer. Place pans back into the fridge for 3 hours or overnight.

    Eye up your pans and slice them into squares that will fit your cookie cutters. I found it easiest to take a couple squares out of the pan and place them onto small plates or a cutting board like this. FLIP the squares over for the donkeys to make those blue!

    Press down evenly on the cookie cutter to cut through the gelatin layers.

    Holding the cookie cutter in place, if necessary, lift up on the outer edges of the gelatin and pull them away from the cutter. (TIP: Keep the scraps! Chop 'em into small pieces and serve them in shot glasses for extra servings!)

    Plate 'em up for the partay!

    Add flair with flames if you want, and get jelly shottin'!

    Kiddie Version

    Oh, yes. You can make these for the fam or your kid’s after-school student senate meeting. Just substitute water for the vodka and your politician wannabes will grin bigger than Joe Biden.

    Don’t Toss the Leftovers!

    When you cut the gelatin into shapes, you’ll have some leftovers from around the edges. Just chop those up and put them in small shot glasses for more red-white-and-blue down-the-hatches!

    So, America, get out the vote -- then get out the jelly shots!
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