I'm packing today for my 3-day quilt retreat starting tomorrow. I'll be a whole 30 minutes away at a conference center, but it will be out in the middle of nowhere as far as we're concerned. We get fed three times a day, but everybody brings something for the snack table in our meeting room. About ten of us will be in a very large well-lit meeting room. We each get a 6' table and set up our sewing machines, irons, cutting mats and sew on our own projects. My contribution last year was chocolate-covered cherry jello shots. The others said I could do that again this year. I just did one batch last year, but made a double batch this year. The recipe is at the end.
I put a maraschino cherry in each cup and filled them with the jello mix to within 1/2" to 3/8" from the top. Had to leave room for the chocolate and whipped cream. I put the cups on two cookie sheets and into the fridge to set.
As a very conscientious person, I needed do a taste test to make sure I didn't poison anyone. The cups are so small, and I wasn't sure they were acceptable, so I had a second. They still didn't taste right, so I sampled a third. Okay, they'd do. Maybe the others won't like them and I'll have to bring them all back home. What a shame.
Aster really wanted to sample, too, but she was too late.
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Jello Shots - Single recipe
6 oz. box of cherry Jello
2 c. boiling water
1 c. vodka
1 c. creme de cacao
chocolate syrup that hardens
canned whipped cream
Mix the jello with the boiling water like usual. Add the two cups of liquor that takes the place of the cold water. Some recipes say to let the jello cool to room temp, then add the liquor. Whatever. Put one cherry in each cup and fill to within 1/2" to 3/8" of the top. I dipped a measuring cup in the bowl to pour the jello in the cups. Refrigerate for a couple hours. Top with about 1/8" of the chocolate syrup and put the lids on. Refrigerate until used.
Note: A 10 oz. jar of maraschino cherries has about 44 cherries. This recipe will make about 24-27 shots the size shown here. I made a double recipe and got 51 shots. Including samples. Since I used the whole jar of cherries, I mixed the cherry juice in, too.