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Pumpkin Jelly Shots

Pumpkin Jelly Shots: The Perfect Fall Party Treat

When the leaves start to change and there’s a chill in the air, it can only mean one thing: fall is here. And what better way to celebrate the season than with a delicious and festive treat like pumpkin jelly shots? These delightful little treats are not only a hit at parties, but they also capture the essence of autumn in a single bite.

The Magic of Pumpkin Jelly Shots

Imagine sinking your teeth into a smooth and creamy pumpkin-flavored jelly shot, complete with a hint of warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s like taking a sip of your favorite pumpkin spice latte, but in gelatin form. These shots are not only visually appealing with their vibrant orange color, but they also pack a flavorful punch that will leave your taste buds singing.

But what makes these pumpkin jelly shots truly magical is their versatility. You can customize them to suit any occasion or taste preference. Want to take a walk on the wild side? Add a splash of bourbon or rum for an adult twist. Looking for a family-friendly treat? Opt for non-alcoholic versions and let the kids join in on the fun. The possibilities are endless.

The Perfect Fall Party Treat

Whether you’re hosting a Halloween bash or a cozy get-together with friends, pumpkin jelly shots are a must-have on the menu. They’re not only a delicious treat, but they also serve as a conversation starter and a centerpiece for your party table. With their unique appearance and delightful flavors, your guests won’t be able to resist indulging in these little bites of fall.

And the best part? Pumpkin jelly shots are incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients and some basic kitchen tools, you can whip up a batch in no time. Plus, they can be made ahead of time, allowing you to focus on other party preparations without any last-minute stress.


Q: Can I make pumpkin jelly shots without alcohol?

A: Absolutely! Pumpkin jelly shots can be made both with and without alcohol. Simply omit the alcoholic ingredients and replace them with non-alcoholic alternatives such as apple cider or flavored syrups.

Q: How long do pumpkin jelly shots need to set?

A: It usually takes about 2-3 hours for pumpkin jelly shots to set in the refrigerator. However, it’s best to check the specific recipe you’re using for accurate timing.

Q: Can I use fresh pumpkin puree for the jelly shots?

A: While fresh pumpkin puree can add a unique flavor to the jelly shots, it’s not recommended due to its high water content. Canned pumpkin puree is a better option as it provides a more concentrated flavor and helps the jelly shots set properly.

Q: How long do pumpkin jelly shots last?

A: Pumpkin jelly shots can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. However, it’s best to consume them within the first 2 days for the freshest taste and texture.

Q: Can I use gelatin substitutes for vegan-friendly pumpkin jelly shots?

A: Yes, there are various vegan-friendly gelatin substitutes available, such as agar-agar or carrageenan, which can be used to make pumpkin jelly shots. Just make sure to follow the substitution instructions provided by the substitute product.

Q: How can I make the pumpkin jelly shots more festive?

A: Get creative with your presentation! Top the jelly shots with whipped cream, sprinkle them with cinnamon or pumpkin spice, or garnish them with a small pumpkin-shaped candy. These little touches will add a festive flair to your pumpkin jelly shots.

Q: Can I make the pumpkin jelly shots in advance?

A: Absolutely! Pumpkin jelly shots can be made a day or two in advance. Just make sure to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve them.

Q: Can I use different shapes for the jelly shots?

A: Of course! While the traditional pumpkin shape adds a fun element, you can use any silicone mold or small cups to create unique shapes. From bats and ghosts to leaves and acorns, let your imagination run wild!

Q: Can I make pumpkin jelly shots without gelatin?

A: Yes, there are alternative recipes available that use agar-agar or other vegetarian-friendly gelling agents instead of gelatin. These recipes can be a great option for those who prefer not to use gelatin.

In Conclusion

Pumpkin jelly shots are the perfect fall party treat, combining the flavors of pumpkin spice with a fun and festive twist. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween bash or simply enjoying a cozy evening with loved ones, these delightful little treats are sure to impress. So, grab your ingredients, get creative with your presentation, and let the pumpkin-flavored magic begin!

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Pumpkin Jelly Shots

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 30


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 12 cherries , maraschino
  • Optional: Rolled fondant
  • Six boxes (3 ounces each) of orange flavored gelatin
  • Optional: 1 1/2 cups vodka
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • Special Equipment: One mini muffin tin with 12 count; 1 pumpkin shaped candy mold or lollipop mold; pumpkin shaped cookie cutter


  • Lightly spray a 9 by 13-inch sheet tray or baking dish, mini muffin tin, and pumpkin candy mold with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place a cherry in the center of each muffin cup. If using a lollipop mold, block off the stick portion of the mold using rolled fondant.
  • In a bowl, add the gelatin and whisk in 2 cups of boiling water until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  • Add the vodka (or substitute with 1 1/2 cups cool water if not using vodka), brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice to the gelatin mixture. Whisk until well incorporated.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared muffin tins, candy mold, and sheet tray. Refrigerate until set, approximately 2 hours.
  • Using a lightly greased pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter, cut out shapes from the sheet tray of gelatin.
  • Use an offset spatula to carefully remove the cut-out gelatin and place it on a serving tray.
  • Use an offset spatula to carefully remove the gelatin from the muffin tin cups and place it on a serving tray.
  • Turn the candy mold upside down onto a clean surface and gently bend the mold to release the gelatin. Place the gelatin on a serving tray.
  • The gelatin shots can be stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve. They can be made up to a week in advance and stored
Keyword dessert, Gelatin Recipes, Halloween, Halloween Dessert Recipes, Holiday, Pumpkin, Vegetable, Vodka Recipes
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