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Holly Jolly Jello Shots

a close up shot of Holly Jolly Jello Shots on a stand
This holiday season, add these beautiful, layered red, white, and green holly jolly jello shots to your festivities. 
Prep Time 4 mins
Chill Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 4 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 32
Calories 111 kcal


  • 1.5 ounces unflavored gelatin, divided
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 cups boiling water, divided
  • cups vodka, divided
  • 6 ounces raspberry-flavored jello gelatin
  • 6 ounces lime-flavored jello gelatin
  • squirt whipped topping, for garnish (red/white/green holiday sprinkles, or red & green colored Skittles candies make great garnishes)


  • In an 8-cup, microwave-safe, spouted measuring cup, add 2 cups of water and microwave on high for 4 minutes to boil the water. Add 2 of the (0.25-ounce) packets of unflavored gelatin to the hot water and whisk until completely dissolved. Whisk in the sweetened condensed milk and ½ cup vodka until completely smooth, and the sweetened condensed milk is thinned out. Divide this mixture into three equal portions (approximately 1½ cups each). Set aside to cool.
  • In a 2-cup, microwave-safe spouted measuring cup, add 1 cup of water and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Sprinkle in 1 (0.25-ounce) packet of unflavored gelatin and whisk until completely dissolved. Add 1 (3-ounce) box of raspberry-flavored gelatin and whisk to combine. Finally, add ¼ cup of vodka and whisk to combine.
  • Pour the raspberry gelatin into a thin layer on the bottom of a 9x13 glass baking dish. Carefully transfer to a flat surface in the refrigerator and allow it to chill and set up for 45 minutes.
  • Once you have finished preparing your first raspberry (red) layer, then you will want to wash your measuring cup and prepare your lime (green) layer so that it has time to cool off on the counter, before adding it to the layers of holly jolly jello shots. You DO NOT want to add hot or warm jello to the dish of layers because it can melt the layer you are pouring it onto, thus ruining the layered look of the holly jolly jello shots.
  • Prepare your lime (green) gelatin by following step 2, except you will replace the raspberry with the lime gelatin. Set aside to cool off once mixed. You will repeat this step after making each layer alternating between raspberry and ending with the lime. Make sure to wash your measuring cup between flavors.
  • Once your raspberry layer has chilled and set up, carefully pour on one of your (1¼ cup) portions of the sweetened condensed milk mixture. Place the dish back into the refrigerator to chill and set up for 45 minutes.
  • Add your pre-mixed lime (green) gelatin mixture. Chill for 45 minutes.
  • Make your second (3-ounce box) raspberry (red) layer and set it aside to cool on the counter.
  • Add the second 1¼-cup sweetened condensed milk mixture (give it a quick stir before pouring if it has started to firm a little, so you don’t have lumps). Chill for 45 minutes
  • Carefully pour on the premade raspberry layer. Chill for 45 minutes.
  • Make your final (3-ounce) box of the lime (green) mixture and set it aside to cool on the counter.
  • Add the final 1¼-cup portion of the sweetened condensed milk mixture to the dish. Chill for 45 minutes.
  • Pour on the final mixture of lime-flavored gelatin. This will be your top layer. At this point, you will want your holly jolly jello shots to have a good amount of chill time. I highly suggest an overnight chill in the refrigerator, but a minimum of 6 hours is needed to really make sure that all of the layers have set up and are firm.


  • These holly jolly jello shots take quite some time to assemble, so we suggest making them the day before you plan to serve them, as they will do best if they have plenty of time to chill in the refrigerator. Don’t rush the process, or your layers will mix, and you will not get the pretty layered look you are aiming for.
  • Remember that when serving these holly jolly jello shots, they should be labeled for adults only. You can make these kid-friendly by omitting the vodka and replacing it with cold water in the recipe.
  • Make sure that each layer has set up pretty firm before adding the next layer. It may take slightly longer for each of your layers to firm up, but it is very important so that the final product has very distinguishable layers. Pour slowly to ensure that you do not disturb the layer underneath.
  • Once your holly jolly jello shots have firmed up, you can slice them in the dish into squares. Carefully remove the individual squares and place them onto a large serving platter.  Squirt a small amount of whipped topping onto the center of each square serving and top with either the holiday sprinkles or a green or red candy. 


Calories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 70mgPotassium: 47mgSugar: 16gVitamin A: 33IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 0.1mg