Friday, June 11, 2021

Creamsicle Jello Shots Recipe

Creamsicle Jello shots combine childhood nostalgia with adult-level fun! Enjoy the delicious pairing of oranges and cream in one boozy bite.

Most recipes use orange-flavored gelatin and vodka, but I found that a combination of melted sherbert and RumChata perfectly captures the flavor of the popular ice cream bar.

For a more sophisticated option, try this creamy raspberry orange cocktail instead. Easily scale it up or down depending on the number of guests you will be serving.

If you want all the flavor without the alcohol, you’ll love my orange creamsicle milkshake and rice pudding recipes. Each one requires only 3 simple ingredients!

Creamsicle Jello Shots with whipped cream and orange slices

How To Make Creamsicle Jello Shots

Give yourself plenty of time to put these together. It will take about 30 minutes to prepare the mixture and another 3 hours for them to fully set.

Otherwise, the process is fairly simple! When you’re ready to serve, top with a swirl of whipped cream and enjoy.
  • Melt the sherbert.
  • Dissolve the gelatin.
  • Mix everything together.
  • Pour into cups and chill.

Helpful Tips and Tricks
  • Making a large batch? Use the plastic cups that come with a lid like the kind used for takeout condiments. That way you can stack them for easier storage, then toss them into a large bowl when it’s party time!
  • Tip for chilling: Place the cups on a baking sheet before filling them. Then you can pop the whole tray in the freezer and easily transfer them to the refrigerator in seconds.
  • Add some fruit! Create some texture and stretch the liquid into more servings with a can of mandarin oranges. Just drop a slice into the bottom of each cup before pouring in the creamsicle Jello shot mixture.
What You’ll Need For This Jello Shots Recipe
  • Large Bowl - This one is my go-to!
  • Medium Saucepan - Heats evenly and is easy to clean too.
  • Gelatin - Be sure to use a powdered variety and not the kind that comes in sheets.
  • Plastic Shot Cups - These generally come in 2-ounce capacities. Using larger or smaller sizes will affect how many total servings you end up with. I like to make mine with lids.
spooning jello shots into shot cups

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

How far in advance should I make creamsicle Jello shots?

These take about 3 hours to fully set, plus additional time to prepare the mixture. I recommend starting the morning of your event or make them the day before to be safe.

These will last for 7 to 10 days if kept chilled or in the refrigerator, so feel free to prepare them further in advance if needed.

Creamsicle Jello Shots with Rum Chata

How much alcohol is in each one?

This recipe contains a total of 8 ounces of liqueur, which works out to about ½ an ounce per shot.

Compared to straight vodka or rum, RumChata is only around 15% alcohol by volume. While that means this treat is still “adults-only,” it would be pretty difficult to get buzzed or drunk from it.

How long does a creamsicle Jello shot last out of the fridge?

After about 45 minutes, they will start to soften and melt. If you need them to be available for a longer period of time, place them in a bowl with ice so they stay chilled.

Creamsicle Jello Shots


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Yield: 16 jello shots
Author: Donna Elick
Creamsicle Jello Shots

Creamsicle Jello Shots

Creamsicle Jello shots combine childhood nostalgia with adult-level fun! Enjoy the delicious pairing of oranges and cream in one boozy bite.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 25 Minutes Inactive Time: 3 Hours Total time: 3 H & 30 M


  • 2 scoops orange sherbet, melted
  • 1 package gelatin
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Rum Chata
  • 16 plastic shot cups
  •  orange slices for garnish, cut into small pieces


  1. Combine gelatin and one cup of water in a medium saucepan. Let stand 2 minutes then bring to a boil and remove from heat, gelatin should be dissolved. Set aside and allow to cool for 15 minutes. 
  2. Add one cup of rum chata to the melted sherbet and stir. 
  3. Next pour gelatin into the sherbet mixture and stir. 
  4. Fill shot cups and freeze for 2 hours, remove and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. 
  5. Top with whipped cream and orange slice and enjoy!

Creamsicle Jello Shots  whipped cream topping

Originally published June 2021

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  1. How can these be made nonalcoholic? I know my grandchildren would them!

  2. How long can I freeze these for?

  3. Can you substitute rum chata for whipped vodka? And if so how much vodka?


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