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How to Make Pudding Shots: A Vegetarian Alternative to Jell-O Shots


I'm a thirty-something writer who lives in downtown Toronto. I've been an online writer for over seven years, focusing on health trends.

By Ginny (originally posted to Flickr as chocolate pudding) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Ginny (originally posted to Flickr as chocolate pudding) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

While Emily Post may not be the first person I would look to for suggestions on alcoholic shooters, we do agree on having something for every guest, no matter their dietary restrictions. I have been a vegetarian for over seven years and most of my friends and family are either making the switch or becoming one of those annoying health-conscious people hyper-aware of what they put in their bodies, so Jell-O shots are not always the perfect solution.

Jell-O is made with gelatin, which is an animal-based compound and, as you can probably guess, a big no-no for vegetarians. Although, there seems to be a new kind of vegetarian circling the salad bar these days and their plate is full of chicken, so be sure to make a note of the friends who are simply faking vegetarianism to fit in. There are very few things in this world more delicious than pudding, so knowing you can only make this tasty treat more enjoyable by adding alcohol is nearly orgasmic.

When I stumbled across this recipe, at two am, when I should have been catching up on work instead of watching soap operas on YouTube, I had to stop myself from making them so they'd be ready for breakfast. As delicious as they are, and necessary to get through a day full of retail-work, I'm just not ready to become the gay-twenty-six year old version of Judy Garland.

It's just too sad.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

4 hours

4 hours 15 min

Serves twenty-four people one ounce shot


  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) package Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • 3/4 cups Milk (or Soy Milk)
  • 1/4 cups Vodka
  • 1/2 cup Irish Cream
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  1. Mix pudding and milk until well-blended
  2. Add vodka and irish cream, mix extremely well
  3. Fold in desired amount of Cool Whip, fluff as needed
  4. Spoon pudding into individual shooter cups
  5. Keep in freezer until ready to serve (must set for, at least, two hours)

Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

I'm a huge fan of letting loose with friends and family, but I love your faces too much to have you out of commission due to alcohol poisoning. Remember, sugary drinks and shooters affect drinkers differently than beer and straight alcohol due to the metabolization of the sugar within your body. So, for good measure, here are the symptoms of alcohol poisoning:

  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Mental stupor, confusion, or person cannot be woken
  • Slow breathing
  • Irregular breathing (less than 10–15 seconds between breaths)

So, as hard as you party, always party safely and never allow friends to wander away at strange parties, in strange places or when they have had too much to drink.

What I like most about pudding shots is the ability to try several different flavours and combinations, so don't be afraid to stray from the recipe above and try something distinctly your own. I would suggest inviting a few friends over a week before your party and trying out a few different combinations of alcohol and pudding mixes. It will be a fun night for you and your friends and hopefully, you'll have some great photos and some new delicious recipes.

Here are some other combinations you could try:

  • Cheesecake pudding and amaretto (try a bit of nutmeg as garnish)
  • Chocolate pudding and raspberry vodka
  • Vanilla pudding and mint vodka and kaluha
  • Chocolate pudding and mint-chocolate baileys
  • Vanilla pudding and butterscotch schnapps and amaretto

If you're looking for a holiday flavour for your pudding shots try substituting egg nog for milk and using rum. You can even use finely crushed candy cane or gingerbread (light sprinkling) to garnish these great little holiday shooters. Have fun creating your own distinct combination and leave suggestions in the comment section below, I am always looking for new ideas.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Where did you find non-dairy Cool Whip?

Answer: The Original Cool Whip is lactose-free, but if you’re in the market for a dairy-free whipped topping, you could try TruWhip, which can be found at Walmart.

© 2012 Stu


Stu (author) from Canada on October 13, 2012:

@hisandhers I think we should schedule an official pudding shot taste-test night and sample a variety of all the flavour combinations. Yes? Yes.

hisandhers from Toronto, Ontario, Canada on September 29, 2012:

These sound so yummy! I can definitely see them being served as part of a dessert bar. Definitely a great idea for any upcoming Halloween party featuring lots (and lots) of chocolate.

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