Zombie Brain Jello Shots
Easy Halloween recipe for Zombie Brain Jello Shots using a plastic brain mold and candy axes. Perfect for Zombie parties, Walking Dead Watch parties, or Halloween parties. Comes with non-alcoholic version.
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While typically I prefer the cutesie and magical side to Halloween, sometimes you need to let out your inner gore and horror. With shows like the Walking Dead, the IT remake, and American Horror story, the scary side of this holiday never takes a back seat. So this one is for you my zombie loving, gore appreciating Halloween fans.
These Zombie Brain Jello Shots are easy to make and are the perfect creepy touch to your Halloween drink station. You can even take them up a notch by switching out the lime jello for peach for a more realistic brain look. To be honest, I couldn't stomach photographing such a thing so I took a hard pass and went for a more Frankenstein approach.
HOW TO MAKE ZOMBIE JELLO SHOTS
To make these brain like jello shots, you'll need a mold. I picked up a plastic 6 brain candy mold from Michael's. They currently do not have it on their site but as soon as they do I'll link it. It's located with the Halloween baking items. This recipe makes 12 of these brain jello shots, so you'll need two of them. We'll be making a thicker jello shot to insure it removes from the mold and it's something you can pick up to eat with less mess.
You'll start by adding one envelope of Knox Unflavored Gelatin to 1 cup of water in a sauce pan. Letting it sit to bloom for one minute. Then on the stove put your saucepan on medium to medium high heat. Letting the water and Knox come to a simmer, whisking to dissolve the Knox. Once simmering add in your 3 oz package of lime flavored gelatin whisking until dissolved and then removing from the heat. Slowy add in 4 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk, whisking until fully combined. This is going to give it the green jello and opaque hue (you can skip it if you don't care for that). A little at a time to avoid seizing the condensed milk, add in 2/3 cup of cold lime vodka (or any cold liquor of your choice). Whisking all of the liquids together. Set off your mixture to the side and let cool to working temperature.
IMPORTANT STEP: In this time lightly grease your molds with a little oil on a paper towel. Regardless if you have a plastic, metal, or silicon mold, this step is vital!
When ready add your mixture to the greased molds and let sit in the fridge for 2-3 hours to completely firm up. Once firm and ready to remove from the molds, let them sit on the counter for 2 minutes to release the chill, use your finger to lightly pull the jello away from the mold walls releasing the suction. Flip over your mold and gently shake them out of their molds. If they still stick just use your finger to pull it away from the mold wall, again, to release the suction it's created.
If you would like to take it a step further for the bloody axe look, I bought these royal icing Wilton Axes from Michael's. They are 100% edible and perfect for the time of year. Using a butter knife I cut a small opening where I wanted to stick my axe in. Once the axe was places, using red food dye and a food grade paint brush, I paints a wound opening. You can also use red icing for this if you would like.
- 3 oz Lime Flavored Gelatin
- 1 envelope Knox Unflavored Gelatin
- 4 tablespoons Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 cup Water
- 2/3 cup Cold Lime Vodka (or other cold spirit)
- Food Coloring
- Royal Icing Axes
Optional Decoration: Right before serving, use a butter knife cut a small slit into your jello brain. Insert the royal icing axe into the slit you created. Then using a food safe paintbrush dab the slit with red food coloring for a gory effect.
Non-Alcoholic Verision: Swap our the vodka for 2/3 cup cold water or for an even taster jello 2/3 cup of juice.
These really are so fun and ghoulish! They give me those old zombie Halloween movie vibes. Plus I love that with using less liquid and an extra gelatin pack, they are easy to pick up and eat.
How are you starting to prep for Halloween? Are you more of a Zombies and jump scares kind of Halloween person? Are you more like me where Halloween is about silly pumpkin faces and bubbling cauldrons? I'd love to know your Halloween style down below!