Glow in the dark jello shots are an essential party trick that’s part science project, part Halloween decor, part nifty excuse to knock back some gin and tonic in unique form. Here’s how to make it.
Rest assured, the spirits summoned for this ghostly glow in the dark Jello hail from a bottle, not the supernatural. It’s an essential party trick that’s part science project, part Halloween decor, part nifty excuse to knock back some Jello shots. And mostly gin and tonic. Originally published October 28, 2011.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Glow in the Dark Jello
- Quick Glance
- 25 M
- 11 H, 35 M
- Servings vary, but 14 sounds good
Special Equipment: Fluorescent UV light; gelatin molds or Bundt pans of any size or shot glasses or anything you can think to use as a mold or just use a baking dish and some spooky-shaped cookie cutters
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What Else You Need To Know About Glow In The Dark Jello Shots
- Glow In The Dark Jello Shots
This glow in the dark jello works just as well in shot form as opposed to a single large mold, a fact that we can personally vouch for. You could also opt for teensy brioche molds, teacups, or, well, heck, just about anything will suffice.
- Glow In The Dark Jello For Teetotallers
Want to serve this specter of a spectacle to kids or teetotallers? The rather crazily creative author of the recipe swears it works just as well when made without the gin. Just substitute tonic water for the gin as noted in the recipe above.
- What Makes Glow In The Dark Jello Glow
So why are they glowing that ghastly and ghostly pale blue color? The answer is that quinine—the bitter flavoring in tonic water—glows under a UV fluorescent light, which can easily be found at hardware stores or online. The author suggests, for sheer shock value, letting the gelatin sit on the table with the lights on without drawing undue attention. Then place your fluorescent bulb as close to the jello as you can before you you switch off the lights.
Recipe Testers Reviews
My kids (ages 25 and 27) were totally jazzed about this glow in the dark jello. Having their experience at making jello shots behind me, I forged ahead. I split the recipe into 2 batches, since I don’t like gin, and they don’t like vodka. I followed the directions as written, and used lime juice for the vodka and lemon for the gin.
I poured the jello into waxed Dixie cups, like the dentist uses, and allowed them to set. That way there’s no oily taste from the molds, and you just peel them back to eat.
After bringing them out on the deck, where everyone was standing by with black lights, I can say the kids and adults alike LOVED this one. The jello shots not only glowed, they literally lit up the night. My husband has an industrial-size black light for his work, so we got to really see what these can do. Who needs outdoor lighting when you could almost read by the light these gave off? We all agreed the texture is good, but the alcohol with the tonic water makes for a little bitter aftertaste.
We all found that 2 cups of alcohol is overwhelming. I don’t drink often, so I thought that might be just me, but they all agreed. I only used 1 cup of gin in that batch, and they found it much more palatable. I will certainly do this one again, but will decrease the alcohol content and maybe add something to sweeten it to offset the bitterness. All in all, totally fun.