Candy Cane Jello Shots Recipe

Kick off your holiday celebrations with Candy Cane Jello Shots! These delightful treats are the perfect blend of sweet, creamy, and minty layers, each topped with festive decorations. Ideal for any holiday gathering, these jello shots are a fun and delicious way to spread festive cheer.


  • Cold Water: 1 cup
  • Unflavored Gelatin Packets: 2 (0.25-ounce each)
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: 1/2 cup
  • Peppermint Schnapps: 1/2 cup
  • Red Food Coloring: 2-3 drops
  • Extra Creamy Whipped Topping: as needed, thawed
  • Mini Candy Canes (optional): finely crushed, for garnish
  • Candy Cane-Shaped Jimmies Sprinkles (optional): for garnish


  1. Preparation:
    • Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in a small saucepan and stir until fully absorbed.
  2. Heating:
    • Set the heat to medium-low and warm the gelatin mixture until fully dissolved, ensuring it does not boil.
  3. Mixing:
    • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and the warm gelatin mixture until well combined.
  4. Flavoring:
    • Add peppermint schnapps and red food coloring, whisking until the mixture achieves a uniform pink shade.
  5. Filling:
    • Arrange 12 jello shot cups on a tray. Evenly pour the mixture into each cup, filling them up to two-thirds.
  6. Chilling:
    • Refrigerate the shots for 2-3 hours, or until they are firmly set.
  7. Garnishing:
    • Just before serving, top each jello shot with whipped topping and add crushed candy canes or candy cane-shaped jimmies for decoration.

Prep Time: 3 hours 15 minutes (including chilling)
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
Category: Dessert
Method: Chilling
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Calories: 70 kcal per shot


  • Use a glass measuring cup with a pour spout to facilitate the pouring of the jello mixture into cups.
  • Ensure the jello shots are completely set before garnishing to maintain clear layers.
  • If jello shots stick to the cups, run a thin-bladed knife around the edges before serving for easier removal.


Q: Can I make these jello shots alcohol-free?
A: Absolutely! Simply substitute the peppermint schnapps with a non-alcoholic mint extract or syrup, adjusting the quantity to taste.

Q: How far in advance can I prepare these jello shots?
A: These jello shots can be made up to 2-3 days in advance. Keep them refrigerated until ready to serve.

Conclusion: Candy Cane Jello Shots are the ultimate holiday treat, combining the classic flavors of candy canes with the fun of a jello shot. Whether you’re hosting a large party or a small get-together, these shots are sure to be a hit, offering a memorable and festive experience for all your guests. Enjoy crafting these creative and tasty treats that embody the spirit of the season!

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