Candy Melon Jello Shot Recipe

This adult-friendly recipe is perfect for summer BBQ's, late night bonfires or weekend pool parties. We use the rind of a watermelon as a mould for the jello and punch it up with our Liquid Candy Melon for a candy flavour you'll have a hard time resisting! If you want to make this recipe kid friendly, just swap the vodka for some of the extra watermelon juice.

🍉 Candy Melon Jello Shots 🍉

1 mini seedless watermelon (about 5 pounds)
2 85g/3-ounce boxes watermelon-flavored gelatin, such as Jell-O
3 7g/0.25-ounce packets unflavored gelatin (from one 28g/1-ounce box)
1 teaspoon citric acid
1 teaspoon JRC Liquid Candy Melon
1 cup vodka


  1. With a large chef's knife, cut your small watermelon in half lengthwise. trim a small portion from the bottom rind so that the watermelon halves will sit flat. Place the halves on a baking sheet, watermelon flesh face up. Scoop out the watermelon flesh and place in a medium bowl, leaving about 1/8-inch of flesh above the white part of the rind.
  2. Transfer the reserved watermelon flesh and juice to a blender and puree until extremely smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the solids and reserve the juice (about 5 cups total).
  3. Into a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add 3 cups of watermelon juice and bring to a simmer. 
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the watermelon-flavoured gelatin, unflavoured gelatin, and citric acid. Slowly whisk in the warm watermelon juice and whisk continually until gelatin has dissolved completely, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the vodka and Liquid Candy Melon until combined. Pour the mixture into the hollowed out watermelon halves. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill until completely set, about 4 to 24 hours.
  5. Remove set watermelon halves from the fridge and slice each watermelon half in half lengthwise, then crosswise into small wedges. Serve chilled.

Baker's Tip: Can't find watermelon flavoured jello? No problem! Try cherry instead for a cherry watermelon flavour.


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*Recipe inspired by the Food Network.

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