Salted Caramel Jello Shots

Last weekend I made homemade salted caramel sauce for the first time. I had enough to fill three mason jars so I kept one for Nick (caramel is his favorite) and gave away the other two to my lovely co-workers.

Sweet caramel with fancy salt is everywhere these days. Trendy salted caramel coffee, cookies, ice cream, rice crispy treats, you name it and it’s there.

Except for one thing … until now.

I just had to do it and I’m so glad I did. These jello shots are ev-er-y-thing. Sweet, salty, creamy …. and boozy.


Just when you thought I’d exhausted all my jello shot options.

(This recipe is a spin on my famous caramel apple jello shots. The caramel jello only has a few changes, the added sea salt being one of them)

Salted Caramel Jello Shots (Makes 12 shots)
Plastic shot glasses (I buy these from Amazon)
1 envelope Knox gelatin
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup evaporated milk
2-3 drops yellow food coloring
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
1 envelope Land o Lakes Caramel hot chocolate (Regular would do just fine if you can’t find caramel. These come in individual packets and most grocery stores carry them)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butterscotch schnapps (For a stronger shot use caramel flavored vodka)

For a kid friendly, non-alcoholic version just use cold water instead of butterscotch schnapps or vodka.

1. Mix your 1/2 cup water with your envelope of caramel hot chocolate in a medium sized sauce pan. Whisk it to make sure all the chocolate is combined. Add the 1/2 cup of evaporated milk, whisk again.

2. Sprinkle your gelatin on top and let it sit a few minutes. Turn on low/medium heat and mix the gelatin until all is combined.

3. Add 1/4 cup sugar and simmer slightly until sugar is combined. Add your food coloring until you get the caramel color desired. I used two drops. Add 1 teaspoon sea salt. Pour in your 1/2 cup of butterscotch schnapps.

4. Pour caramel jello in shot glasses and let set for at least 2 hours. Top each shot with a pinch of sea salt before serving.

14 Responses to “Salted Caramel Jello Shots”

  1. Liz Badley posted on November 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm (#)

    these look yummy! 🙂

  2. Christina Marie posted on November 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm (#)

    I just tried some butterscotch pudding shots, but I’ll definitely have to give these a try! I’ll never get tired of this salted caramel trend. 🙂


  3. Carrie B. posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:42 am (#)

    These are such an insanely good idea! Going to be sharing them on my Facebook page tonight.

  4. Mallory Frayn posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:15 am (#)

    You are an evil, evil person Michelle! I wish I would have thought of this!

  5. daniellekira posted on November 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm (#)

    These look amazing and might have to make their debut at our tailgate next weekend. They would make a great addition since it is sure to be cold and everyone loves salted caramel…and if they don’t, more for me!

  6. Teresa Belsky posted on November 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm (#)


  7. AriesJenny posted on December 8, 2013 at 10:16 pm (#)

    Can I make them with Rumchata?? OMG…they sound so good!

  8. Donna B and Ginger B posted on February 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm (#)

    I want to add a chocolate layer. What would you suggest?


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