Rotten Pumpkin Jello Shots may look like a pumpkin gone wrong, but they taste like the best pumpkin pie ever! Perfect for your next Halloween party!
I have a big crush on butterscotch. It’s been my favorite pudding as long as I can remember. Yes, I totally like chocolate too, but butterscotch? I melt. It’s such a great flavor for fall too. Better yet it goes great with pumpkin. I’ve been wanting to make a butterscotch pumpkin pie forever, but today I did one better. I made a butterscotch pumpkin pie jello shot!
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Not quite what you expected? Good! Because unique jello shots are the name of the game! I’m all about fun Halloween drinks and cocktails to surprise and delight your friends! The butterscotch pudding in these shots makes a great orange-y layer, and a little black “rot” on top makes them perfect for Halloween! But don’t worry, that’s black layer is pumpkin pie vodka bring your fall flavor crush to life! Now, since these are pudding based shots, they can be a little tricky to get out of the cup in one go. I 100% recommend using EZ-Squeeze cups for this recipe. The cups collapse on themselves so you can suck everything out the first time.
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Rotten Pumpkin Jello Shots
- 3.4 ounce package instant pumpkin spice pudding mix (or butterscotch)
- 2 cups cold milk
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- ¼ cup cold water
- ½ cup boiling water
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ½ cup pumpkin pie vodka (or regular vodka)
- Black gel food coloring
- 16 two ounce plastic cups with lids
- 1 toothpick
- Place all 16 plastic cups on a baking sheet or on your serving plate, for easy transport. Leave the lids off the cups.
- Place the pudding powder in a mixing bowl. Add milk and whisk for 1 to 2 minutes, or until completely dissolved.
- Pour the pudding into each of the plastic cups, filling them about 2/3 of the way full.
- Transfer the cups to the refrigerator and chill for 15 mins, or until the pudding has set up.
- Place gelatin in a medium mixing bowl and pour cold water over the top. Stir and let sit for 2 minutes.
- Once the gelatin has completely absorbed into the cold water, pout the boiling water over the gelatin and whisk until the gelatin is dissolved.
- Add the sugar and vodka. Whisk to combine.
- Dip the toothpick into the black food coloring and then into the gelatin mixture. Whisk to distribute the food color.
- Pour the black jello into the plastic cups, filling them the rest of the way.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the shots are set. Cover with plastic lids.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
This recipe doesn’t work. The pudding doesn’t thicken because you don’t cook it. It’s just milk with pudding power in it. I found this out too late and had to show up the party empty handed and throw out all the cups with pudding liquid in it. Huge waste of time and money.
Hi Laura. I’m sorry there was an issue with this recipe. Did you use cook & serve or instant butterscotch pudding mix? Instant is needed for this recipe so the pudding will set up correctly (as the recipe is written). If you wanted to use cook and serve, you’d need to prepare it ahead of time, let it cool completely, and then portion it into the cups before adding the black layer.
Uncle Stinky says
Damnnnnnnnnnnnnn. Laura got told!!
Dr. James says
Do you think these would work in a Jell-O shot syringe? Or would it be too thick? TIA.
You could get away with them in a syringe. The plunger will make sure the whole shot comes out.
Is pumpkin spice vodka the same as the pumpkin pie vodka this recipe calls for?
Julie Espy says
Hi Kim! Any pumpkin flavored vodka you like would work. Different brands call their flavors different things. 🙂
Any recommendations for a different flavor vodka (I was thinking maybe whipped cream)? I can’t find pumpkin spice or anything like that anywhere.
Julie Kotzbach says
Hi Drew! You can use any vodka you like. I would recommend regular vodka, cake, whipped cream, or some sweet flavor that’ll pair with the butterscotch pudding.