This month's Food and Flix selection was Hocus Pocus, hosted by The Lawyer's Cookbook - a perfect flick for Halloween! This movie came out when I was 8 years old, and I loved it. I hadn't seen it in years, and it was interesting going back and watching it as an adult - I still found it to be a lot of fun. I also noticed that the director was Kenny Ortega - aka the director of High School Musical, ha! My favorite character is definitely Sarah Jessica Parker, she is so goofy and I love her singing in this film. Amok! Amok! Amok!
Anywho, I had been wanting to make candy corn themed jello shots for a while, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity! (Although, I despise actual candy corn - yuck.) I didn't like a lot of the recipes out there using orange and lemon jello, the flavors just didn't seem right to me. So I opted to start with a white liquor (Rumchata) and get my colors with food dye. I added in some butterscotch schnapps for extra deliciousness, too. I used equal amounts of each color, but that resulted in a really big white layer, so I have adjusted the amounts in the recipe below to better represent the appearance candy corn.
Candy Corn Jello Shots
a Well Dined original
makes 12 x 1oz shots
1 cup Rumchata
1/2 cup Buttershots
2 packets Knox gelatin
sweetened condensed milk (optional)
red (pink) and yellow food coloring
Spray a mini muffin pan (or ice cube tray; each well should hold 2 tbsp) with non-stick spray, then wipe with a paper towel to leave only a thin residue.
Combine the Rumchata and Buttershots in a saucepan and sprinkle with the gelatin, and allow to bloom for 2 minutes.
Heat over low, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved. You may add sweetened condensed milk at this point for whiter color and more sugar.
Place 1 tsp of the white mixture into each well of the muffin tin and place in the refrigerator to chill.
Add yellow food coloring to the remaining mixture, 1 drop at a time, until it is the correct shade of yellow. Remove 1/2 a cup of the yellow mixture and set aside.
To the mixture left in the pan (should be 3/4 cup), add one drop of red (or more) to create an orange color.
Check that the white layer has set, but is still sticky. Add 1 tbsp of the orange gelatin (make sure it is not still hot) to each well and chill until set but still sticky. Then add 2 tsp of the yellow gelatin to each well.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours. Use a small rubber spatula to remove the jello shots (they should pop right out) and store in the refrigerator.