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How To Make Starburst Jello Shots

Are you wondering how to make starburst jello shots?  Jello shots have been a common staple at frat parties for a long time. They’re also increasingly becoming more mainstream as jello shot recipes become easier to find online. They’re a jello based drink that is made with vodka or another comparable liquor and they come in all sorts of shapes, flavors, and colors. They were popularized around the 1960’s when jello shots became easier to make since jello powder came on the market. 

Jello Shots

 The ingredients for jello shots are jello mix, water, and vodka or another comparable liquor. Although the exact measurements depend on the jello shot recipe you’re making jello shots typically consist of jello mix and water. Some jello shot recipes also call for half and half or cream instead of water, but jello is most commonly made with water.  Jello shots also usually contain vodka or another comparable liquor.  

Liquor jello shots are a popular choice because they can be customized to taste like whatever liquor jello shots are made with. Some jello shot recipes also call for different liquors in jello shots such as rum jello shots or tequila jello shots among others.

What Ingredients are used to make Starburst Jello Shots?

  • Pink Starburst Jell-O 
  • Unflavored Gelatin 
  • Water
  • Vodka
  • Simple Syrup
  • Strawberry Extract
  • Gold Sanding Sugar

How Do You Make Starburst Jello Shots?

  1. Line up 20 shot cups without their lids on a baking sheet.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pink Jell-O with 1 ½ cups boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Store the rest in a warm atmosphere for later. 
  3. Add in 1 cup vodka and ½ cup cold water. Stir well.
  4. Using an injector or your preferred method for pouring, fill each shot cup about a third of the way full. I usually just eyeball this as it doesn’t have to be perfect. 
  5. Place in the fridge on a flat surface and let chill for 1 hour or until solidified. 
  6. In a large measuring cup or medium mixing bowl, combine the gelatin packets and ½ cup boiling water. Whisk until the gelatin has dissolved. 
  7. Add in the simple syrup, extract, ½ cup cold water, and ¾ cup vodka. Stir well. 
  8. Using the injector again, fill each of the shot cups another third of the way. 
  9. Sprinkle the top of this layer with gold sanding sugar and place the cups back in the fridge for another hour. 
  10. Using the injector, fill the cups the rest of the way (do not fill all the way to the top) with the remaining pink, prepared Jell-O mixture. 
  11. Place back in the fridge for another hour or until solidified.
  12. Sprinkle with gold sanding sugar or other matching and festive sprinkles and enjoy!

What do you put Starburst Jello shots in?

Portion Cups with Lids

Fun Jello Molds

How long are Jello shots good for?

Jello Shots can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. 

Starburst Jello Shots

What are other names for Jello Shots?

Jello Shots are also known as Jello Jigglers

Can jello shots be made for kids?

Of Course, just leave out the alcohol!

Jello Shots

Jello Shots

How To Make Starburst Jello Shots

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

Whip up these fun and tart Starburst Jello shots for any occasion. 

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Pink Starburst Jell-O (3.93 ounces)
  • 2 Packets Unflavored Gelatin (0.25 ounces each)
  • 2 Cups Boiling Water
  • 1 ¾ Cups Vodka
  • 1 Cup Cold Water
  • ¼ Cup Simple Syrup
  • ½ Teaspoon Strawberry Extract
  • Gold Sanding Sugar

Instructions

  1. Line up 20 shot cups without their lids on a baking sheet.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pink Jell-O with 1 ½ cups boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Store the rest in a warm atmosphere for later. 
  3. Add in 1 cup vodka and ½ cup cold water. Stir well.
  4. Using an injector or your preferred method for pouring, fill each shot cup about a third of the way full. I usually just eyeball this as it doesn’t have to be perfect. 
  5. Place in the fridge on a flat surface and let chill for 1 hour or until solidified. 
  6. In a large measuring cup or medium mixing bowl, combine the gelatin packets and ½ cup boiling water. Whisk until the gelatin has dissolved. 
  7. Add in the simple syrup, extract, ½ cup cold water, and ¾ cup vodka. Stir well. 
  8. Using the injector again, fill each of the shot cups another third of the way. 
  9. Sprinkle the top of this layer with gold sanding sugar and place the cups back in the fridge for another hour. 
  10. Using the injector, fill the cups the rest of the way (do not fill all the way to the top) with the remaining pink, prepared Jell-O mixture. 
  11. Place back in the fridge for another hour or until solidified.
  12. Sprinkle with gold sanding sugar or other matching and festive sprinkles and enjoy!

Notes

  • The gold sanding sugar that’s placed in between the layers will give the bottom layer a goldish look from reflection. If you prefer to not have this look and want it to be pink, just skip that step. 
  • If you can find Jell-O that is white or clear, you can use that in place of the gelatin. You’ll still use the same measurements for everything else, except swap out the simple syrup for more vodka or cold water. 
  • Be sure to check the temperature of your liquid before adding in the second layer. If it’s too warm, it can melt the bottom and make them bleed into each other. If you don’t mind the look, no need to worry. However, if you want those distinct color layers, just be sure it’s not hot before pouring it on top of the already solid first layer. 
  • You’ll want to keep your pink mixture in a warm and not cold area while it’s waiting to be used for the final layer. If not, it will solidify and be useless for the shots.
  • If the pink mixture has started to slightly thicken before you use it, that’s ok, as it will still work, as long as it’s not too thick. 
  • Leaving some room at the top of each shot gives room for the lid to sit down properly without it making a mess of the top of the shot. 
  • I know that using an injector sounds strange, but let me tell you, huge time saver. Trust me, use it. 

So we’ve given you the recipe and tips for making Jello Shots to enjoy at your next gathering. We hope that you’ll give these a try and let us know what you think! If you’re interested in adding an extra bit of fun, feel free to experiment with different flavors or even colors! 

 

What are some ways that YOU have made jello shots? Do they differ from our blog’s approach?  Share below in the comments section.

 Jello shots should always be consumed responsibly to ensure safety.

 

Jfer

Monday 21st of March 2022

Met my husband why doing Jello Shots almost 30yrs ago! these are fancier and the injector is definitely a game changer. Thanks for sharing, they are amazing!

Bernice

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

Starburst jello whuuuuut?! We definitely don't have that up here in Canada. How fun! I've never made jello shots but I've sure enjoyed them!

Jill

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

I need to try this flavor! Love the pink starburst and it sounds perfect as a jello shot!!

Luna

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

I am so excited to try these shots! I'll be using rum in place of vodka, so fingers crossed they come out great!

Michelle

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

Let me know if the rum works!

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