Tuesday, June 5, 2012

4th of July Jell-O Shots!

Nothing says AMERICA like mixing booze with Jello. 

Every fourth of July I throw a pretty kick ass pool party/BBQ at my place and every year I make three different kinds of Jello shots, a red one, a blue one and a white one. They're very patriotic and always the hit of the party.
So, making Jello shots is fairly easy if you know what you're doing. I'm going to give you the recipe that I do, although keep in mind that you don't have to use the same Jello flavors or boozes that I did. For a super basic recipe, just use vodka.

These shots are delicious and taste like candy. The booze is not a high proof so you can't taste it at all.

-6 oz box of strawberry Jello (or cherry, raspberry or any other red flavor)
-2 cups boiling water
-1 cup Peach Schnapps (ideally you should chill it in the fridge a bit first)
-1 cup cold water 

-Stir the Jello powder into the boiling water until fully dissolved.
-Add the cold water and Peach Schnapps.
-Pour into plastic shot cups. 
-Refrigerate until set.
Now, when pouring, I find it easier to add the mixture to a measuring cup. It's a lot easier and neater than doing it from a ladle. There is a debate raging about what the best cups are to use for Jello shots. Some like the little paper Dixie cups because you can just tear them apart for easier consumption but I like the clear plastic ones so you can see the vibrant colors. Whatever you do, don't get the super rigid plastic shot cups because they shatter when you squeeze them. The ones I get are from Smart and Final and I think are listed as condiment cups and come with lids.

You can taste the booze a bit more in these. This means they're not as tasty, but they get the job done faster!

-6 oz box of berry blue Jello (it's really the only blue Jello flavor out there)
-2 cups boiling water
-1 cup UV blue (raspberry flavored vodka)
-1 cup cold water 

First off let me say that if you can't find the UV blue, any vodka will work here. I like the UV because it gives the shots an extra blue color and it's a little tastier than regular vodka. Also it's 30 proof so it's nice and strong.

-Stir the Jello powder into the boiling water until fully dissolved.
-Add the cold water and UV blue.
-Pour into plastic shot cups. 
-Refrigerate until set.


These are the most difficult shots to make but they taste like Pina Colada and seem to be people's favorite!

-1 (1 ounce box-4 packets) of unflavored gelatin (Although they do make white Jello that is pina colada flavored, I have yet to find it in stores and seems to only be available online)
-1 and 1/4 cup Pineapple flavored Malibu
-3/4 cup coconut milk
-2 cups boiling water
-1/2 cup sugar

If you can't find Pineapple Malibu, just get regular Malibu or another coconut rum. It'll be just as delicious.

-Pour the room temperature rum into a large bowl. 
-Sprinkle the gelatin over the rum and let sit for about 1 minute.
-Add the boiling water while stirring constantly with a fork. Stir until dissolved.
-Add the coconut milk and sugar. Stir.
-Pour into plastic shot cups.
-Refrigerate until set.

If you want to add a little extra flair to your Jello shot presentation, arrange in the shape of an American flag. You can do this on a cookie sheet or any rectangular serving platter. For the white "stars" on the blue Jello shot part of the flag, I simply got a can of whipped cream, put it right up against the shot and gave a quick little squirt. 

And I'm proud to be an American.
Okay that's it for your patriotic and booze filled blog entry. Shoot us a message if you end up making these and let us know how they turned out! Happy 4th everyone!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Great American Bake sale

It was a nationwide bake sale with a cause. And I had an open heart (and stomach).

Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale

Bloggers from around LA contributed to the sale and these are some of the goodies (with links to the blogs) I picked up:

Stay At Home Foodie

Sweet & Crumbly
These were so good. Just so so good. More cakey than chewy but with a tender crumb. Not too sweet and all of the flavors really came through without overpowering each other. Probably my favorite of everything I got that day.

My Imperfect Kitchen
Delicious. Peanut Butter Krispie brownie. Chocolate and pb remains one of the greatest... nay- THE greatest flavor combination of our time.

Fat Girl Trapped In A Skinny Body
Layer upon layer of perfection. I ate this for breakfast on Monday morning and wished I'd purchased a dozen of them.

Foodness Gracious
Buttery, smooth, creamy, nutty bliss.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Speculoos Puppy Chow

As much as I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter and know that NOTHING could ever replace that classic Puppy Chow recipe, using speculoos (a.k.a biscoff spread) instead of peanut butter was a stroke of genius (and fat-assery).

Here's the basic Puppy Chow recipe as found on allrecipes.com


9 cups crispy rice cereal squares
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate; add peanut butter and mix until smooth.
Remove from heat, add cereal and stir until coated.
Pour powdered sugar into large plastic bag, add coated cereal and shake until well coated. Store in airtight container.

And of course, replace the peanut butter with speculoos (biscoff spread):

You may need to make a double batch. That's if you don't plan on sharing. Otherwise, make it a triple batch!