Candy Corn Jell-O Shots!
First of all, if this post title made your eyes bug out and your mouth silently whispered, "OMG," then you're welcome. Second of all, you may have thought, "Hmm, what is the actual flavor of candy corn?" Well, if you look up the ingredients and nutritional information, you'll notice that the main flavor profile is pretty much just straight up sugar. There are also a few different versions of this shot floating around the Internet, and nobody else seems to feel that candy corn has a distinct flavor either. So I didn't worry too much about replicating the flavor so much as the sugar content. But good news! I think I succeeded.
Candy Corn Jello Shots, makes 20 shots
1 box orange-flavored Jell-O
3 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
7 oz. sweetened condensed milk (1/2 of a 14 oz. can)
2 cups water
1 cup vanilla or cake vodka (add more if you like strong shots)
yellow food coloring
tall shot glasses (I used these)
Pour 1 cup of water into a small saucepan and pour 2 packets of the unflavored gelatin into the water. Warm the water and gelatin over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until all the gelatin has dissolved (about 5 minutes). Remove pan from the heat and add 1/2 your can of condensed milk to the mixture. Stir until the ingredients combine. Add 2/3 cup vanilla vodka. Cover and set aside half of your milk mixture and evenly distribute the other half throughout your 20 shots (just don't fill them more than 1/3 of the way full). Refrigerate your shots until firm (30-40 minutes).
When the first layer is firm, pour another 1 cup of water into your saucepan and add 1 packet of gelatin. Warm the water until the gelatin dissolves, remove from heat, and stir in the box of orange Jell-O until that dissolves as well. Add 1/3 cup vanilla vodka. Evenly distribute orange layer on top of white layer and refrigerate until chilled.
When your orange layer is solid, retrieve the second half of your milk mixture and add in a few drops of yellow food coloring. You can also only make half of the milk mixture and repeat the orange layer recipe with a yellow-colored Jell-O instead. You get more of a transparent color when you use Jell-O and a more opaque layer when you use the condensed milk, but either works!
Distribute your yellow layer on top of the orange and put it back into the fridge until set.
Whoa!! These guys are looking authentic! Once all your layers are set, you are ready to serve your candy corn creations.
Obviously it goes without saying (but I will anyways) that these would be perfect for any fall gathering or Halloween party. The flavor ends up a yummy orange cream concoction and you can even make these the night before your party, which is always a plus in my book. I also hope you appreciate that, in a rare move, I restrained myself from using puns in this post. I didn't want it to become too candy corny...heh heh. xo. Laura
Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummerman & Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Stella of the Signature Collection.