In our JURASSIC PARK party episode of Maybe Wil Wheaton Will Show Up, we entertained guests with these mosquito-amber Jell-O shots to pay homage to the mosquito that was trapped in the amber in the movie, which they were able to extract the dinosaur’s blood/DNA from. Yeeeah… we love Jurassic Park. If you already know how to make Jell-O shots, just follow your usual recipe but make sure you use Mango Jell-O (which we’ve found is the only Jell-O that properly imitates the amber color) and get some gummy mosquitos!
- Mango Jell-O
- Wonka Sluggles Gummies (or any other bug shaped gummies or edible goodie that could resemble mosquitoes)
- In one bowl, mix in cold water with your chilled alcohol. Put this in the fridge to keep cool. PLEASE NOTE: The water and alcohol measurements depends on what proof of alcohol you’re using to make sure the mixture will still set. Some rum-based recipes say to just pour in 1 cup of rum without any cold water, whereas some vodka recipes recommend a 1/2 and 1/2 or 3/4 to 1/4 ratio. It also depends on how strong you want to make the shots. Basically, you just want to replace the amount of “cold water” on your Jell-O packet instructions with the cold water and alcohol mixture. Don’t worry, there are so many options that it’s hard to mess up!
- In a separate bowl, pour in 1 cup of boiling water and stir in the Jell-O powder until it dissolves completely.
- Stir the cold water and alcohol mixture into the warm water and Jell-O mixture.
- Drop 1 of the Sluggles Gummies into each shot glass or container, and pour the mixture into the containers.
- Place in the refrigerator for several hours until the Jell-O sets.
There you have it, mosquito-amber Jell-O shots for your Jurassic Park party! If you want the mosquitos to look like they’re floating more in the middle of the container as opposed to being on the bottom, fill your shot glasses halfway, let them set, place in the gummy, and then fill the rest to the top! A little extra effort, but I’m sure it would look even cooler. Also, if you’ve had Jell-O shots before, I’m sure you know that they can tend to stick to the containers. Spray the shot glasses with cooking spray or put in popsicle sticks to make them easier to get out. Or, just let your guests struggle with them, like we did with our friend Kristin. Watch that and more ideas for a Jurassic Park party here: