Light up your Halloween party with a round of Glow in the Dark Jello Shots! These classy gelatin treats taste just like a vodka tonic with lime.
Every year, I tell you how I don’t looove Halloween. And then I get an idea, and I make it, and at some point during the process I realize that I kinda secretly like Halloween a lot.
I’m not anti-Halloween, but I’m probably not ever going to be the kind of lady who decks her house out with faux spiderwebs. A jack-o-lantern or two is about all I will swing.
I’d definitely rather eat bloody pancakes instead of watching a bloody horror flick.
I am all in for the special effects though. Last year I made these Mad Scientist Cocktails, made eerier with dry ice and brightly-colored vodka infused with candy.
So this year I had to go for an even greater shock factor with these Glow in the Dark Jello Shots.
Edible jello shots that glow in the dark, you ask? Yep. They’re a scream.
Here’s what they look like in regular light:
And here they are with the black light:
These party treats are actually on the classy side.
They’re essentially vodka tonic jello shots, made with limeade and a bit of real lime juice. You can even make them into gin and tonic jello shots if you’re more of a gin and tonic kind of person!
I topped mine with sprinkles because, well, who doesn’t like sprinkles?
(The answer is my boyfriend — but only because I tend to spill them on the floor when I am baking.)
So what makes them glow? That’d be the tonic water.
Tonic water contains small amounts of quinine, which is an alkaloid found in the bark of the cinchona tree and it glows under ultraviolet light.
(Fun fact: Quinine is sometimes used to treat malaria.)
We picked up a couple of black lights in order to do this photoshoot, and gosh, was it fun. I think it would be so fun to have a glow-in-the-dark Halloween party with these jello shots!
(Though they are kind of cool in their lime-green state too, right?)
Also! Guess what? My friend Heather put together #TheHalloweenProject again and I’m joining her plus a few friends to bring you even more Halloween tricks & treats:
- Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Black Velvet Cupcakes from A Cookie Named Desire
- Melting Monster Halloween Punch from The Speckled Palate
- Mini Monster Cakes from The Flavor Bender
- Bloody Good Pancakes from Sugar Dish Me
Search #TheHalloweenProject on social media to find even more spooky treats from past years!
Pin the Glow in the Dark Jello Shots recipe for later!
- 1 cup tonic water (with quinine)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 packets gelatin (.5 ounces total)
- 1/2 cup limeade
- 1/2 cup vodka or gin
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- lime green sprinkles
- metallic nonpareils/dragees
- In a medium saucepan, stir together tonic water and sugar until sugar dissolves. Sprinkle gelatin over top and let rest for 5 minutes until the surface is wrinkled.
- Place the saucepan over the stove on medium heat. Warm the liquid over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Do not let boil. Remove from heat.
- Whisk in the limeade, vodka/gin and lime juice.
- Distribute into 12 plastic shot glasses. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours before serving. Keep chilled until serving. Top with sprinkles and metallic nonpareils/dragees before serving.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 jello shot
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g