Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday, full of lots of love and goodies for your family and friends. Now dare I say here we come 2013 ready or not. I am sure we will all have our well wishes and dreams for the new year to come.
Growing up in the south we were always told to eat our black-eyed peas and cabbage or greens for New Years Day. These foods carry many years worth of tradition with them. I was always told we eat the black-eyed peas to bring us luck in the new year and the cabbage for prosperity or to bring us money.
Now lets not put the cart before the horse New Years Eve is coming at us fast so let’s have some fun. First up is a great twist on traditional jello shots. Were gonna make some yummy caramel apple jello shots that will impress all your guests.
- Fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
- 5 apples (Granny Smith work best)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1- 1oz envelope caramel hot chocolate mix or regular hot chocolate is ok also
- 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup caramel sauce
- 1 envelope unflavored Knox gelatin
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup vodka
- Cut the apples in half lengthwise. Using a melon baller, scoop out the inside of the apples, taking care to create a shell of even thickness. Set apple halves into cups of a muffin pan and squeeze or brush lemon juice onto cut apples to reduce browning. Place in fridge until filling is ready.
- Make filling: In a medium saucepan, combine water with hot chocolate mix and whisk until the cocoa dissolves. Add evaporated milk and caramel sauce and whisk again to combine. Sprinkle gelatin onto mixture evenly and allow to sit about 2 minutes. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally, until it just reaches a gentle simmer — this is to ensure gelatin is fully dissolved.
- Add sugar and simmer gently for about a minute. Turn off the heat and let mixture cool to warm. Add vodka. Transfer to a container with a spout.Fill each apple cup with caramel jello mixture. Refrigerate a few hours or overnight.
- To serve, place apples flesh-down (Jello down) on cutting board. Cut lengthwise in half, then in half again. Trim off any brown parts with a paring knife. Serve immediately. (The lemon juice can only prevent the browning for so long).
Below you will find a great video showing the making of these caramel apple jello shots. Enjoy!