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Piña Colada Jello Shots

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 24
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Sunny pina colada jelly shots are great for springtime parties and summer luaus.
by: E is for Eat
Updated Apr 18, 2017
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  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 2 1/2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup white rum (or 1/4 cup white rum, 1/4 cup coconut rum)
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
  • Whipped cream (for garnish)
  • Non-stick cooking spray


  • 1
    Spray nonstick cooking spray into a small pan and wipe out with a paper towel. It will leave just enough residue to help dislodge the shots later.
  • 2
    Pour pineapple juice into a small saucepan and sprinkle with 1 1/2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin and allow to soak in a minute or two. Heat over low to medium heat and stir until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in rum. Pour 1/2 cup of the mixture into the prepared pan and place into the refrigerator. Set the remaining cup aside.
  • 3
    Pour coconut cream into a small saucepan and sprinkle with 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin and allow to soak in a minute or two (you may need to warm the cream in the microwave for a few seconds before sprinkling with gelatin if it's in a solid state). Heat over low to medium heat and stir in sugar. Continue stirring and heating until gelatin and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and cool.
  • 4
    Once the first layer of pineapple has set, pour half of the coconut mixture on top. Make sure coconut cream has cooled enough so it doesn't melt the first layer of pineapple. Return to fridge for about 20 minutes.
  • 5
    Continue layering: pineapple, then coconut, then pineapple, while refrigerating for about 20 minutes for each layer. You should have 5 layers total (3 pineapple, 2 coconut) by the time you are done. Allow to set in the fridge another 2 hours or overnight to completely bind the layers.
  • 6
    When you're ready to serve, remove from refrigerator and gently pull the edges away from the pan. Carefully invert onto a cutting board. Using a very sharp and skinny knife, cut into even squares. Place on a platter and top with whipped cream, if desired.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    If you can't find coconut cream, simply buy coconut milk but do not shake. Just spoon out the cream, which usually rises to the top of the can.

Nutrition Information

60 Calories, 3 1/2g Total Fat, 1g Protein, 3g Total Carbohydrate, 2g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
3 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

  • Coconut lovers will definitely want these shots, made with real pineapple juice, white rum, and coconut cream! If you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, then you’re going to love these jelly shots. (P.S. I’ve been humming that song all day long. It’s probably stuck in your head now too. You’re welcome.) OK, so you’ll need a small pan to make these beautiful layered shots. I love to use my 6x9-inch breading pans for jelly shots because they're the perfect size. If you don’t have one, you can try a loaf pan. If you have to use a brownie pan or something similar, you’ll need to increase the amounts. Note: If you can't find coconut cream, simply buy a can of regular coconut milk – but NOT the light stuff. And instead of shaking to combine, just spoon the cream off the top. It will likely be in solid form, so you'll need to heat it for a few seconds to get it to liquefy. Once you're ready to serve, gently pull the edges away from the sides of the pan. Carefully invert onto a cutting board and slice into even squares. The sharper and skinnier the knife, the better! I like to use my boning knife because I so rarely use it. If desired, top with a dollop of whipped cream (because everything is better with whipped cream!) and serve.
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