Swedish Fish Jello Shots

When I first heard that Pinnacle released a “Gummy” flavored vodka, I immediately wanted to create a boozy jello recipe with it.  After a quick search, I also found this fish-shaped candy mold and waited for an occasion to come around that warranted such a cute and delicious treat.  Two of my closest friends from dental school share a birthday, and since one of them is particularly fond of all Pinnacle vodka flavors, I jumped on the opportunity to make these for their joint birthday celebration.

After some online research, I learned that red Swedish Fish candies are primarily cherry flavored, but some people thought they had a fruit punch flavor too.  So in order to emulate the flavors as close as possible, I used cherry-flavored Jello and some fruit punch Kool-Aid mix as well.  Although the vodka on its own is not overwhelmingly delicious, when mixed into this jello concoction the flavors were all spot-on together.  They were a big hit at the party and people definitely had fun with the fish shapes rather than your conventional shaped jello shot.  But then again mini Dixie cups are so passé – these days it’s all about  lime rinds, mini cupcakes, and now animal shapes too!

Because I only ordered 2 fish molds (which made 22 fishies total) , I used the rest of the jello mix to fill my mini-cupcake silicone mold and  stuck half a mini Swedish Fish candy in each one.  This method forces you to buy a bag of Swedish Fish and  find something to do with the extras, so I was totally in favor of doing this too.  Overall this was a really fun way to use the new vodka flavor and the leftover vodka tied with a ribbon made a great gift for the birthday girl.

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Swedish Fish Jello Shots


1 cup water
2 tsp Tropical Punch Kool Aid mix
2 envelopes (1/4 oz each) plain gelatin
1 box (3 oz) cherry Jell-O
1 cup Pinnacle Gummy Vodka


Combine water and Kool Aid mix and place in a medium saucepan.

Sprinkle the plain gelatin over the Kool Aid and allow it to soak for a minute or two.

Heat mixture over low heat, stirring constantly until gelatin dissolves (about 5 minutes).

Remove saucepan from heat and stir in cherry Jell-O and vodka and mix until dissolved.

Very lightly grease your desired mold (I sprayed Pam on a paper towel and smeared it on inside of the molds) and pour jello mixture to the top of each well.

Refrigerate until fully set, about 2 hours.

Happy Birthday Colleen and Pamela!

(So what if their birthdays were actually in November and I’m a few months late with this post…)


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35 Responses to “Swedish Fish Jello Shots”

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    My Cake Porn — January 12, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    I am so jealous that you can get Pinnacle Vodka, hopefully one day they will start selling it in Australia. Love the post!

  2. #
    RecipeGirl — January 13, 2012 @ 12:50 am

    Awesome. Very creative :)

  3. #
    Andrea — January 13, 2012 @ 2:25 am

    I love these. I will make them without vodka for my kids and with vodka for me :)

  4. #
    ITheeCook — January 13, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

    Awesome! I make mine with Gummi Worms soaked in vodka. I call them drunken worms :)

  5. #
    Dharma — January 13, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

    Pero que receta tan rica y que chicas tan preciosas. Saludos

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    Julia — January 14, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    I bought a bunch of swedish fish for my daughters 1st birthday (‘Ocean’ Theme). Is it inappropriate to have jello shots at a 1 year olds birthday? Probably. But am I considering it now, ABSOLUTELY! These look so fun!

  7. #
    Mrs. K — January 15, 2012 @ 4:02 am

    How fun! Did you use the pre-sweetened kool aid or unsweetened!

  8. #
    Erica — January 15, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Mrs. K – I used the pre-sweetened kind that comes in little packets. Enjoy!

    • Mrs. K — January 16th, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

      Thanks! I’ve ordered the molds. Can’t wait to make these. They are me and my sister’s favorite candy! I see a fun party ahead for us!

    • Les — January 22nd, 2012 @ 4:14 am

      May I ask where you ordered the molds from? Thanks.

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    James Donavon Stone — January 25, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

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    Anonymous — March 8, 2012 @ 12:49 am

    Do you have to use the plain gelatin?

    • Erica — March 8th, 2012 @ 2:28 am

      For this recipe, plain gelatin is recommended. If you want to use JellO brand jello instead or something, just substitute some of the water for the vodka. Good luck!

  11. #
    Rebecca — May 6, 2012 @ 1:37 am

    How many would you say the recipe makes?

  12. #
    Erica — May 7, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    Probably around 50 little fishies :)

  13. #
    Nani — May 19, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    Love the idea.. Will so do this for my BBQ next month

  14. #
    Nani — May 19, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    Love the idea.. Will so do this for my BBQ next month

  15. #
    Nani — May 19, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    Love the idea.. Will so do this for my BBQ next month

  16. #
    Nani — May 19, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    Love the idea.. Will so do this for my BBQ next month

  17. #
    Nani — May 19, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    Love the idea.. Will so do this for my BBQ next month

  18. #
    Anonymous — July 2, 2012 @ 12:48 am

    Out of curiosity – how potent are these?

    • Erica — July 4th, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

      Since they’re so small, the potency is really not bad. If you’re worried, just replace some of the vodka with water.

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    Anonymous — August 6, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    totally awsome! i just made a bunch of JellO shots yesterday for my mom & i & sum without alcohol for the kids. sweedish fish are my moms FAVORITE candy EVER! this is gonna be GREAT! Thank you for sharing

  20. #
    Leah — April 9, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    Can I use the small plastic cups instead of molds?

    • Erica — April 9th, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

      Yup, certainly!

  21. #
    Katherine — April 25, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    Erica, where do you get your other molds (saw you posted the link to the fish)! Thanks!

  22. #
    Amanda — June 8, 2013 @ 2:09 am

    My fish won’t pop out of the mold. What to ?

  23. #
    Niki — August 31, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

    When do you stick fish in

    • Erica — September 3rd, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

      If you’re doing the kind with the fish stuck in, I would recommend doing that about 20 minutes into the chililng process.

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