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Banana Split Jello Shots

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Put a grown-up spin on your favorite frozen ice cream treat with these creamy banana split jello shots.
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  1. Banana Split Jello Shots Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Banana Split Jello Shots Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Think outside the shot glass and use your favorite ice cream sundae as inspiration to make these banana split jello shots. The banana-flavored pudding is combined with banana cream moonshine and topped with all of your favorite sundae toppings for a sure hit with your party guests. 

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Banana Split Jello Shots Ingredients

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You’ll need:

For the Banana Split Shots

  • ¾ cup whole milk, very cold
  • ¾ cup banana pudding cream moonshine (I used Ole Smoky brand)
  • 3.4-ounce box instant banana cream flavored pudding mix

For the Garnish

  • Squirt whipped topping (I used extra creamy Reddi Whip brand)
  • Chocolate sauce dessert topping in a squirt bottle (I used Ghirardelli brand)
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Fresh banana slices, ¼-inch thick
  • Maraschino cherry, drained of juice and patted dry
  • 10 (2-ounce) plastic shot glasses

PRO TIP:

You can substitute the jello shot cups for 2-ounce condiment cups with lids. These plastic cups actually work great if you plan on making your banana split jello shots in advance. This will allow you to cover each with a lid and easily stack them in your refrigerator until you are ready to garnish and serve them. You can find these in your grocery store, where you find all the disposable storage containers.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BANANA MOONSHINE: You can usually find the banana pudding-flavored moonshine at the local liquor stores, but you can also substitute a good quality banana liqueur (crème de banane). Keep in mind that banana pudding-flavored moonshine has a milky look to it, whereas the banana liqueurs are typically clear or have a yellow color. This will just make your banana split jello shots slightly differ in color. If you substitute a banana liqueur, then I would suggest reducing the amount to ½ cup and increasing your amount of whole milk to 1 cup. Straight banana liqueur has a stronger flavor profile than the sweet banana flavor of the banana pudding cream moonshine. You can order the banana pudding cream moonshine directly from the Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine company if needed.

PUDDING: You can substitute the banana cream pudding mix with either vanilla pudding or white chocolate flavored pudding mixes. Make sure you are using instant pudding mix no matter which flavor you choose. The cook and serve will not set up properly if you try to use it in this recipe. 

WHIPPED CREAM: You can either make your own homemade whipped cream, use the store-bought whipped cream in the spray can, or add a scoop of Cool Whip on top.

How to Make This Banana Split Jello Shots Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

If you are making this yummy jello shot recipe for a party and need lots of shots, you can easily double this recipe.

STEP ONE: Set out 10 (2-ounce) jello shot cups onto a rimmed tray or platter. Set aside.

PRO TIP:

Setting the jello shot containers on a baking tray will help make it easier to transport them to the fridge for chilling.

STEP TWO: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the whole milk, banana pudding cream moonshine, and instant banana cream flavored pudding mix. Whisk for 2 minutes or until it is just starting to set up but is still pourable.

milk, moonshine, and pudding mix whisked in a bowl

STEP THREE: Fill each of the jello shot cups with the banana split pudding mix. 

jello shots filled with banana split pudding mix

STEP FOUR: Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, or up to overnight, to allow the pudding to set fully.

STEP FIVE: Garnish each banana split jello shot with a squirt of whipped topping, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, rainbow sprinkles, a fresh banana slice, and a maraschino cherry.

PRO TIP:

Make sure you drain your maraschino cherries well and lightly pat them dry with a paper towel. If they are too wet when you use them to garnish, then the moisture will melt your whipped topping.

whipped topping, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, banana, and cherry garnished on top of the banana pudding mix in a cup

How To Serve

These creamy banana splits in a glass will delight your party guests the next time you entertain. Add a handful of appetizers including our pigs in a blanket and cheese sticks and you will have a happy crowd.

Add more fun jello shot recipes to your party menu with our tequila sunrise jello shots and Fireball jello shots.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: It is best to serve these banana split pudding shots while they are chilled and immediately after garnishing them. You can make these ahead and store them, with their lids on, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days before garnishing and serving them.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend trying to freeze these jello shots. They won’t freeze well and may lose their creamy texture.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I store jello shots?

If you have any leftover jello shots, you can store them in the fridge for up to 5 days with their lids tightly on. You can also make them five days ahead of your party before serving, leaving the garnish off until the day of the party. Make sure you are storing the containers with the lids on.

Where can I find banana cream pudding moonshine?

We used Ole Smoky brand banana cream moonshine. You can find it at most liquor stores or you can order it online directly from the Ole Smoky website.

Can I use a different flavor of pudding?

If you can’t find banana cream pudding, you could use vanilla pudding if you prefer. Just make sure you are using instant pudding no matter what flavor you choose.

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Banana Split Jello Shots

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Put a grown-up spin on your favorite frozen ice cream treat with these creamy banana split jello shots.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup whole milk, very cold
  • ¾ cup banana pudding cream moonshine, I used Ole Smoky brand
  • 3.4 ounces instant banana cream flavored pudding mix

Garnish

  • Squirt whipped topping, I used extra creamy Reddi Whip brand
  • Chocolate sauce dessert topping in a squirt bottle, I used Ghirardelli brand
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Fresh banana slices, ¼ inch thick
  • Maraschino cherry, drained of juice and patted dry

Instructions
 

  • Set out 10 (2-ounce) jello shot cups onto a rimmed tray or platter. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the whole milk, banana pudding cream moonshine, and instant banana cream flavored pudding mix. Whisk for 2 minutes or until it is just starting to set up but is still pourable.
  • Fill each of the jello shot cups with the banana split pudding mix.
  • Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, or up to overnight, to allow the pudding to set fully.
  • Garnish each banana split jello shot with a squirt of whipped topping, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, rainbow sprinkles, a slice of fresh banana, and a maraschino cherry.

Notes

  • You can substitute the jello shot cups for 2-ounce condiment cups with lids. These plastic cups actually work great if you plan on making your banana split jello shots in advance. This will allow you to cover each with a lid and easily stack them in your refrigerator until you are ready to garnish and serve them. You can find these in your grocery store, where you find all the disposable storage containers.
  •  If you are making this yummy jello shot recipe for a party and need lots of shots, you can easily double this recipe.
  • Setting the jello shot containers on a baking tray will help make it easier to transport them to the fridge for chilling.
  • Make sure you drain your maraschino cherries well and lightly pat them dry with a paper towel. If they are too wet when you use them to garnish, then the moisture will melt your whipped topping.

Nutrition

Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 32mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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