Black Magic Jell-O Shots

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Get ready for your Halloween party with these spooky two-layered shots, one purple and one black, that’ll add some frightful fun to your celebration! While making these Jell-O shots is a breeze, achieving the two-layer effect requires some patience. After pouring in the purple Jell-O mix, give it a good 2-hour chill in the fridge. Then, add the black layer and let it set for another 2 hours. So, remember, time is key here—these shots aren’t for last-minute party planning!

To ensure the purple layer is set before adding the black layer, do a quick test: gently turn a shot glass upside down—if the Jell-O stays put, you’re good to go! If it’s still wobbly, give it an extra 30 minutes.

Black Magic Jell-O Shots

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 24


  • 2 6-ounce packages of purple Jell-O
  • 2 cups boiling water divided
  • 2 cups vodka divided
  • Black food coloring
  • Lime wedge for rimming
  • Black sanding sugar for rimming


  • Step 1: Whisk one package of purple Jell-O with 1 cup of boiling water until fully dissolved. Stir in vodka and fill shot cups halfway. Chill in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours until firm.
  • Step 2: Once the shots are nearly set, prepare the second layer by whisking the remaining purple Jell-O with 1 cup of boiling water until dissolved. Mix in vodka and black food coloring.
  • Step 3: Pour the black Jell-O mix over each shot and return to the fridge for another 2 to 3 hours until firm.
  • Step 4: Once set, rim each shot glass with lime and dip in black sanding sugar for a spooky finishing touch!

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