If you enjoy doing shots and you like chocolate covered strawberries you will LOVE these chocolate covered strawberry jello shooters!
Strawberries can be hard to come by at certain times of the year, so while we prefer to use fresh strawberries for our shots, here’s a very tasty alternative that’s a bit more budget friendly.
Before we begin, allow me to explain the point of the shortening in the recipe- you CAN omit this if you prefer, however, it really helps the chocolate maintain its shape in warmer weather and chocolate has a tendency to “seize” when it comes into contact with moisture.
Since you’ll be filling these with a liquid filling, using the shortening will prevent the chocolate for clumping or taking on a dull, matte finish.
1 pkg of semi-sweet chocolate Chips
3 Tbs Solid Vegetable Shortening (you can use Coconut oil if you prefer, but you’ll likely taste it in the final product) and it takes longer to harden & won’t hold up to summer temperatures)
1 (3oz) package of strawberry (or cherry!) jello
1/2 c. Boiling water
1/2 c. cold water
1 c. vodka
In a medium-size microwave-safe bowl combine chocolate chips and solid shortening and microwave for 45 seconds, remove, stir, return to microwave for 30 seconds, remove stir. (repeat at 25-30 second intervals) just until the chocolate is melted. DO NOT Overheat the chocolate.
Using a spoon or popsicle stick, spread the chocolate in plastic cups (or bowls) or candy molds. You need to create a thin layer to make a “Cup”. Place these on a cookie sheet or tray and refrigerate while you prepare the jello shot.
In a medium bowl dissolve the jello in boiling water. Since I wanted these to be ready in less than 2 hours, I used 1/2 cup of hot water, as soon as the gelatin was dissolved I added 1/2 c. cold water. Then stir in 1 cup vodka. Let cool a few minutes. Fill the chocolate cups that you’ve created with the jello mixture. Return to the fridge until solid (about 2 hours).
Gently pop the shot out of the mold or plastic cup to remove.
Alternative ideas- you could use a small (flexible) plastic bowl, then gently pop it out when solid and cut into chunks.