Jello Firecrackers

I made the adult version of these for a 4th of July BBQ. They were super adorable and a big hit.


  • 20 (1 oz.) plastic shot glasses (party supply stores carry them)
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  • cooking spray
  • 1 (3 oz.) pkg. Berry Blue Jello
  • 1 (3 oz.) pkg. Cherry Jello
  • 1 1/3 cup water, divided (for adult version reduce water to 1 cup and add 1/2 cup vodka)
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup milk, divided
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 20 maraschino cherries with stems, well drained and patted dry
  • additional 1/4 cup vodka for "adult" cherries (optional)


Add 2/3 cup boiling water to Berry Blue mix in a small bowl. Stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Let cool until mixture starts to thicken.

Spray shot glasses with cooking spray to keep Jello from sticking. Spoon berry Jello into shot glasses (2-3 tsp. in each). Refrigerate 15 minutes until set but not firm.

Meanwhile, sprinkle unflavored gelatin packet over 1/4 cup of the milk in medium bowl, let stand for 5 minutes. Bring remaining 3/4 cup milk to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat, add sugar and vanilla. Add to milk/gelatin mixture and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Cool 10 minutes.


While milk gelatin mixture is cooling, mix Cherry Jello mix with 2/3 cup boiling water, stir until dissolved and let cool.

Once milk gelatin mixture is cool, add 2-3 tsp. to each shot glass. Refrigerate about 10 minutes. Insert maraschino cherry stem up into white gelatin mixture. Refrigerate 2 minutes. (I had a bit of trouble getting the stems to stay up).

Cover with 2-3 tsp. of cooled Cherry Jello and refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Can remove from shot glasses before serving or serve as is.

Note: The timing was a bit tricky on this so don't try to multi-task. If the Jello is added to the glasses while too warm, it will mix with the previous color, if added too late it won't set nicely.

Adult Version:

Drain maraschino cherries well, then add 1/4 cup vodka to jar. Let "marinate" overnight.

Reduce boiling water used when making Cherry and Berry Blue Jello to 1/2 cup each. Once the Jello has started to cool add 1/4 cup vodka to each mixture. Don't add vodka with the boiling water or you may boil the alcohol out. Continue as directed.


Note: "Adult" version has significantly less vodka than a traditional jello shot. The kick is in the cherry.


By Stephanie from Hillsboro, OR

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July 19, 20120 found this helpful

These were very delicious and so much fun. The cherry was a wonderful addition. I may make a kid version for next year :)

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