These festive pudding shots are going to be the life of the party! These boozed-up creamy desserts are fun, easy, and ho ho oh so delicious and naughty!
I can honestly say the most memorable parties are the ones where pudding shots are served. Why? Because pudding shots are fun, creamy, sweet, luscious and full of booze. Do I have your attention?
What Are Pudding Shots?
Pudding shots are one of those things that both make and break a party. They make a party because they are fun to eat and are usually quite delicious. They are small, but packed with booze and therein lies the problem.
Pudding shots are exactly what the name implies, pudding mixed with alcohol. This recipe contains both vodka and peppermint schnapps. You need both types of alcohol to make these minty pudding shots perfect.
Ingredients Needed To Make Pudding Shots
Pudding Mix– You can use any brand that you prefer. You will need vanilla pudding and white chocolate pudding. Make sure you buy instant pudding for this recipe.
Milk – I prefer to use whole milk because of the fat content
Vodka – Use what you have in your pantry or your favorite brand
Food Coloring – I used traditional liquid food coloring. Gel food coloring would work as well
Cool Whip – Any brand of whipped is fine. I prefer to use full fat to fat-free, but it’s your choice. You can also make your own if you are so inclined.
How To Make Pudding Shots
- In a bowl, beat together pudding mix, milk, peppermint schnapps until combined with an electric mixer until combined. Slowly fold in food coloring and whipped topping. Set pudding in the fridge to chill.
- In a second bowl, beat together white chocolate pudding, milk, and vodka. Fold in extract and whipped topping. Set pudding in the fridge to chill.
- Place pudding in separate zip-top baggies and snip one corner. Carefully pipe the white chocolate pudding into 12 shot glasses. Top with vanilla pudding and top again with the white chocolate mixture.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve or at least one hour.
- Garnish each pudding shot with chopped peppermint candies like peppermint bark, peppermint Hershey kisses or candy canes.
Why Didn’t My Pudding Shots Set?
One very important thing to mention about making pudding shots is your milk and you whipped topping MUST BE COLD! Otherwise you instant pudding will not set up to be thick enough.
You will have to beat your pudding and cold milk at a high speed to get enough air into your pudding to have set properly. Refrigerate your pudding until you are ready to serve them up!
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Once you try these pudding shots, I’m sure you will be anxious to try more recipes like these Pina Colada Pudding Shots, Tiramisu Pudding Shots,and these Eggnog Pudding Shots!. If you are feeling adventurous, you can try these Jello Shots too!
How Long Do Pudding Shots Last?
Pudding shots should keep in your refrigerate for 5-7 days. Some people ask, can pudding shots be frozen? Yes, they can be frozen and kept in the freezer for up to a month. Allow them to thaw in the fridge before serving.
Pudding Shots Tips:
- Instant Pudding is the best for pudding shots as it sets up quickly.
- Use very cold milk when making pudding shots and beat on high with a handheld mixer. The cold milk and all the air from whisking will work to set your pudding.
- Allow the pudding mixtures to set in the fridge after mixing; pipe into your glasses and refrigerate again.
- Any type of alcohol will work in pudding shots, you can substitute brandy, vodka, flavored Irish cream, or whiskeys, tequilas, and bourbons in your shots.
- Fold in the whipped cream, do not stir or else your pudding will deflate.
- Using a piping bag or a ziptop bag with the corner snip is the easiest way to fill your shot glasses.
Can Pudding Shots Be Made With Almond Milk?
Almond milk does not have the fat that cow’s milk has, so your pudding will not set up properly. This will hold true for any milk alternative.
You can use a thickener with almond milk if you are working with old-fashioned pudding that needs to be cooked.
- 1 3.4 oz box vanilla pudding
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup peppermint schnapps
- 2-3 drops red food coloring
- ½ tub Cool Whip
- 1 3.4 oz box white chocolate pudding
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon mint extract
- ¼ cup vodka
- ½ tub Cool Whip
- Chopped peppermint Hershey Kisses for garnish
- In a bowl, beat together vanilla pudding mix, milk, and peppermint schnapps until combined with an electric mixer. Slowly fold in food coloring and whipped topping. Place in the fridge to set.
- In a second bowl, beat together white chocolate pudding, milk, and vodka. Fold in whipped topping. Place pudding in the fridge to set (about an hour)
- Place pudding in separate zip-top baggies and snip one corner. Carefully pipe the white chocolate pudding into 12 shot glasses. Top with vanilla pudding and then again with white chocolate pudding. Garnish with chopped peppermint candies. Refrigerate until ready to serve or at least one hour.
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