Coconut Jello Shots

Coconut Jello Shots are fun and delicious. They’re festive, easy, and will have you dreaming of tropical weather. Some of the Best Jello Shot Recipes have fun ingredients like this one!

Not only do these jello shots taste like coconut, but they’re actually creamy and delicious, too.

These simple shots would be super good for a tropical-themed party or a great way to break the cold weather blues with a taste of the tropics.

Coconut jello shots topped with whipped cream in tall shot glasses. pin image

The aftertaste of coconut is the perfect balance for these shots. It’s a little bit of sweetness, a little bit of rum, and a lingering coconut each time you try one.

I’m all about making these treats and sharing them with others, but they’re not your ordinary shot!

They have a fun look to them and a delicious taste – and they’re too good not to share with family and friends.

Coconut Rum Jello Shots

A lot of the jello shot recipes that I make are made with flavored jello, but not this one.

I use unflavored gelatin for this recipe because the rest of the ingredients add so much taste.

I don’t think that using flavored gelatin would work as well for this recipe because that would cause conflicting tastes and flavors.

To me, rum jello shots like this with a lot of different flavors stand out on their own.

I can’t wait to see what you think of the ease of this simple jello shot recipe – because the flavor is so good!

Be sure to have whipped cream on hand to add as the topping. It’s a great way to add more sweetness and another layer of taste!

A close up of coconut jello shot topped with whipped cream in a tall shot glass.

You’ll find that a lot of people will make these shots during the summer months, but I say make them whenever you’re craving them.

They’re a fun and needed addition during the warmer months of the year, but I think that having them during the colder months will have you dreaming and looking forward to summer.

Additional Topping Ideas for Jello Shots

Just because I’m a big fan of topping shots with jello, don’t be afraid to have fun with other toppings.

Shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened, could also be a great option and addition to this shot recipe.

Edible sugars that are fun colors and even edible glitter are always a fun addition as well.

You can literally make the jello shots look as fancy as you want! I change my toppings and additions based on the reason that I’m making them.

Ingredients for making coconut jello shots,

Tips for making these jello shots:

  • The texture of these jello shots is more like pudding than jello. Serving them with a spoon is a fun treat!
  • The coconut extract is optional to add, but it’s strong. A little bit goes a long way!
  • Don’t add any garnish to these until you are ready to serve.
  • If you don’t add a little bit of the coconut shell as a garnish, it’s not edible! Be sure that you’re careful with that addition and that people know it’s not to be eaten – only for looks.

More Jello Shot Recipes

You’ll find a wide variety of jello shots below. Some are for holidays, some are for parties, and some are for sharing with friends whenever the craving hits.

As you can see, I’m more than prepared when it comes to having shot recipes for any time of the year!

A tray of coconut jello shots with whipped cream from above. Two coconut shots are in the foreground. Garnish with shredded coconut.

Once you make this simple shot, make sure to let me know what you think.

There are a lot of fun ways that you can change shot recipes to be versatile and unique – and I’d love to know if you make any fun twists to this one!

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A close up of coconut jello shot topped with whipped cream in a tall shot glass.
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Coconut Jello Shots

Coconut Jello Shots are a fun way to add taste and flavor to a party! The rum and coconut pair perfectly!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Keyword: Coconut Jello Shots`
Servings: 13


  • 2 packets gelatin unflavored, .25 ounces
  • 1 can sweetened condensed coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut rum
  • ½ cup water cold
  • ¼ cup water boiling
  • 1 tsp coconut extract optional
  • cool whip optional
  • shredded coconut sweetened, optoinal


  • Add the cold water to a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin packets over the top and stir slightly so that the added gelatin gets wet. Let this sit for 3-5 minutes to turn into a soft jelly texture. (if you notice any white chunks appearing, whisk those lightly so that they disappear)
  • Add the boiling water to the bowl and whisk lightly to dissolve the jelly.
  • Add the sweetened condensed milk to the bowl (there will be pieces of crystallized coconut that show up – it's okay!), and mix with a whisk.
  • Add the rum and coconut extract and stir. (You'll likely still feel those sugar pieces in the mixture. You can use a spoon to help them back when pouring the jello mixture into the glass, or strain them out.)
  • Strain out those sugar pieces. (while they are fine to eat, they're just a texture that most people are thrown off by and easier to remove)
  • Fill each shot glass using a measuring cup, but be sure to leave a bit at the top.
  • Put the shots in the fridge for 2 hours or until they are set.
  • Add the whipped cream on top or use a frosting tip. Then sprinkle with the shredded coconut and add a piece of the coconut shell if desired.
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Hi, I’m Susan! Thanks for stopping by Oh My! Creative. I like to have fun, make fun things…you know, create stuff! I love DIY, decorating and design and like any girl…shopping and lunch!
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