The Best Tasting Pina Colada Jello Shot

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Pina Colada Striped Jello Shots
Pina Colada Striped Jello Shots

As many of you know I threw a party for a friend of mine this past weekend (I’ll be putting together a post on that next week).  And my favorite “drink” to serve at a party is jello shots.  They are made in advance, can be pretty much color you want, and who doesn’t like jello?

I have my list of tried and true jello shot recipes that I have served many times and know taste great, but this time I decided to try something different…striped jello shots.

Pina Colada Jello Shot
Pina Colada Jello Shot

The tricky part of striped jello shots is that I still wanted them to taste great, not just throw some colors together that looked good.  So I started looking for inspiration from drinks that combined two juices together, and the first one I came up with was a Pina Colada.  It mixes pineapple juice and coconut milk (or cream) with rum to make a drink that reminds me of being on a beach in the Caribbean…perfect for a summer party!

This Pina Colada jello shot was by far the most popular jello shot I served at the party…it really does taste like a Pina Colada!

Preparation Time:  30 minutes
Chilling Time:  8½ hours
Total Time: 9 hours
Makes: 36 Pina Colada jello shots (plus a few extra straight pineapple ones)

What You Need

Ingredients

Water
2 3-oz boxes of Island Pineapple Jello

1 cup white rum
1 3.4-oz box of Coconut Cream Jello Pudding
¼ cup Malibu (coconut) rum

1¾ cup cold milk

Pots and Utensils

Kettle
Mixing Bowl
Spoon

Atleast 40 Jello Shot Cups

How To Put It Together

Fill the jello cups 1/3 full with pineapple jello
Fill the jello cups 1/3 full with pineapple jello

First Pineapple Layer

Island Pineapple Jello via amazon.com*

1. Pour 1 package of the Island Pineapple Jello into the mixing bowl.

2. Bring the water in the kettle to a boil.

3. Add 1 cup of boiling water to the pineapple jello and mix until the crystals are dissolved.

4. Add ½ cup of the white rum and ½ cup of cold water to the jello.  Note:  Depending on how much alcohol you want in your jello shot, you can change the amounts of rum and water.  Just make sure that when you add them together, the total amount of liquid comes out to 1 cup.

5. Pour the jello into the bottom 1/3 of the jello shot cups.

6. Let cool in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

Coconut Layer

Jello Coconut Cream Pudding and Pie Filling via amazon.com*

1. For the coconut cream layer, mix the Coconut Cream Jello Pudding, ¼ cup Malibu rum and 1¾ cup milk in a mixing bowl.  For this portion of the recipe, you really can’t put more than about ¼ cup of rum in with the pudding mix or it won’t set.

2. Stir for 2 minutes until the pudding mix has thickened a little.

3. Pour over the top of the pineapple jello layer in the jello cups.  Each cup should be about 2/3 full.

4. Let the shots sit for a few minutes so that the pudding thickens while you are making the second pineapple layer.

Note: The coconut cream pudding doesn’t seem to fill as many cups as the jello, so you may run out of it before you have filled all of the jello cups.  I just made a few pineapple-only jello shots with the leftover ones.

Second Pineapple Layer

Pina Colada Jello Shots
Pina Colada Jello Shots

1. Pour the second package of Island Pineapple Jello into the mixing bowl.

2. Bring the water in the kettle to a boil.

3. Add 1 cup of boiling water to the pineapple jello and mix until the crystals are dissolved.

4. Add ½ cup of the white rum and ½ cup of cold water to the jello.

5. Let the jello mix cool completely.  Do not rush this step.  Pouring even slightly warm jello over the pudding mix will cause it to liquify.

6. Pour the jello over the top of the pudding mix.  To prevent making a hole in the pudding, I held the spoon up over the top of each jello shot cup.  Then poured the jello into the spoon so that it would overflow onto the pudding.

7. Pour any extra pineapple jello mix over the pineapple-only jello shots from the first step.  The two layers will mix together and no-one will be able to tell they were made separately.

8. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Pina Colada Striped Jello Shots
Pina Colada Striped Jello Shots

Enjoy your Pina Colada jello shot!

3 Responses

  1. yummy thats amazing just want to taste it as soon as possible i just love jello shots

  2. Where does one get those jello flavors? I’ve never seen them!

    • Hi Kym…If you live in the South East, I bought them at Publix. But if they’re not in your local grocery store, you can order them from Amazon.

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