So, I almost had a heart attack of sorts when perusing the aisles of my fave grocery store in Iowa a few weeks ago when laying my eyes on a box that not only boasted my fave college team, it also contained a mold kit for Jell-O. I almost knocked the entire display down (as well as the few people in my way) trying to get over to this genius in a box merchandise.
Why, it’s just Jell-O in a form resembling my alma mater you say?
To you, yes.
To me, no.
As I am a lover of all things alcoholic, I’m known for never hosting a party that doesn’t include Jell-O shots. Even my family treats Jell-O shots as tradition, having them at all family gatherings (classy, we know).
Hell, even Ted is a fan of spiked jiggly Jell-O.
Seeing that I could concoct a gelatinous shot for tailgates every Saturday in celebration of my college football team, I couldn’t wait to get back to Nashville and prepare (so excited in fact that I lugged this mold kit in my carry on just in case my luggage got lost and had in-depth discussions with TSA agents when passing through airport security about how cool I was in doing so).
The $4.99 kit includes two mold trays and four boxes of coordinated-with-your-school-colors Jell-O.
Here’s what it takes to make two trays, which gives you 24 ‘shots’:
1 box of Jell-O
Your choice of vodka (in lieu of water)**
**For lighter shots, you can do a half water and half vodka recipe.**
Unless you’re like me and have zero math skills (thanks to Scooby, I cheated my mathematical way to graduation from 9th grade on – sorry Mrs. Book – because like all kids I never thought I was really going to use anything other than addition in life but unbeknownst to me, I’d needed mad math skills when perfecting my shot recipes. Shit hooks).
So when your brain houses zero calculating skills of any kind, use all vodka in the recipe.
Spray the inside of molds with cooking spray
Then boil the water/vodka concoction and dissolve the Jell-O powder. Transfer liquid from cooking pan to a measuring cup (or anything that allows you to pour easily).
Instructions from the box will tell you to run a knife along the edges of your molds once the Jell-O has set. This method didn’t work so well (and was going to make my Hawkeye mascot look like it’d been mauled by a bear) Mama CBXB (genius shot maker, mind you) suggested placing the cool molds in a few centimeters of warm water and then use a toothpick to loosen the edges.
A hot soak in the sink (and my clean-until-I-licked-it-after-personally-guiding-each-shot-out-of-its-mold finger) did the trick.
Being that popping the little suckers out of the tray can be tricky (and a tad messy since you used cooking spray), distribute them on a paper towel, then move to a serving tray.
While Dad and I stuck to our touchdown tradition of moonshine shots, the Jell-O shot jigglers can be a substitution for those who’d like to keep their wits about them on a Saturday.
To see if Jell-O gives a rat’s ass about your favorite college team, click here.
Not into sports? How about a holiday?
I found this handsome party treat at Target over the weekend.
Obviously, you can make these gelatinous treats with no alcohol.
But now how is that any kind of fun?
Jiggle it. Just a little bit.