Monday, March 19, 2012

Irish Car Bomb Jell-o Shots by Violet

You read that right. Clearly this is what Saint Patrick’s Day has been missing. JP found this recipe on Endlesss Simmer and we knew that we needed to bring it to the party.

This is doubled from the original and it made a full 9 x 12 pan of them.


  • 32 oz. Guinness Stout beer, divided use
  • 10 envelopes of Knox gelatin, divided use
  • 6 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 6 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey

Lightly mold with non-stick spray and then gently wipe away any excess. Only a very small amount is needed.

Pour 24 oz. of Guinness into a shallow dish, making sure to pour gently to cause as little head as possible, then sprinkle 8 envelopes of gelatin on top. Set aside and allow gelatin to bloom for two minutes.

 Transfer mixture to the saucepan and heat over lowest setting until gelatin bloom melts and no lumps are visible, mixture will resemble syrup. Transfer mixture to a heat proof bowl and combine with remaining Guinness . To layer the Jell-o shot, split Guinness mixture in half. Using one half pour mixture into form a quarter of the way up.

Chill for 5-10 minutes until solidified.

In the meantime, pour Baileys and whiskey into a bowl and sprinkle remaining envelope of gelatin on top. Set aside for gelatin to bloom for two minutes.
Transfer Bailey’s-whiskey mixture to a saucepan and heat over lowest setting. Drop one to two ice cubes into mixture to cool. Pour mixture on top of Guinness layer and chill for 5-10 minutes.

Pour remaining half of Guinness mixture on top of Bailey’s and whiskey layer.

To remove, press finger into center of Jell-o shot and using an offset spatula or butter knife gently pop out Jell-o shot.

To prevent the mixtures from solidifying while waiting for layers, gently stir mixture every now and again.
Shots can be made 1 day in advance.

That first note turns out to be very important because I missed it and my second layer of Guinness totally solidified and when I went to pour it on top, it ended up looking like grape jelly.

If I were going to do it again, I would double the already doubled amount of the Bailey’s/Jameson layer and cut back on the Guinness layer. I might also think about adding some sugar or whipped cream topping to the shots.

While I know goes against what the car bomb shot is all about however, the color, size and shape suggested to everyone (me included) that this was a sweet dessert like concoction. And I think something about the gelatin gave the Guinness a more bitter taste. Making me think the next time I try these I’ll will just tip the scales in that direction. Or maybe I’ll just make Guinness cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting and shut up about it.

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