“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
-L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Ah, October. You are almost over! There’s no other month that comes in with such fanfare, in my opinion. Every product and every brand seems to launch a ‘pumpkin spice’ flavor – Cherrios, oatmeal, coffee creamer, cookies, and Starbucks, of course (PSL, anyone? Is that who started this madness?). I’ve bought and enjoyed them all! So when I stumbled upon Pumpkin Spice pudding mix in the grocery store, I bought all the boxes. And I knew exactly what I would do with them – Pumpkin Spice Pudding Shots!
I love to make pudding shots and enjoy coming up with different combinations. They are always a hit with everyone I’ve shared them with and it’s usually requested I make them for every occasion. Here’s the basic recipe that I start with – I’m always on the lookout for new ideas for new pudding shot flavors! (PSA – These do contain alcohol, so when taking them to a party where kids might be in attendance, I always label them appropriately so every is aware they are for ADULTS ONLY!) They don’t taste strong, but they do pack a punch!
Basic recipe I use:
1 Box instant pudding mix
3/4 c Milk
1/4 c Vodka (or other alcohol of your choice)
1/2 c Irish Cream (like Bailey’s, but I use the stuff from Aldi (O’Donnells) – half the price!)
8 oz Cool Whip
Let’s get started!
For the main pumpkin flavor, I used the pumpkin spice instant pudding mix I found. When coming up with flavor combinations, I start with the pudding flavor and add the variations from there. I use 2% milk because it’s what I keep around. I’m sure whatever milk you prefer would work fine. In this recipe, I used Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie vodka. I bought this last year and had a hard time finding ways to mix it, so I was super excited to come up with this idea as a way to use it! There are so many flavored vodkas and rums that this is where it gets fun coming up with flavor combinations. The Irish cream really adds to the flavor too. I use O’Donnells from Aldi. It’s about half the price of Bailey’s and tastes exactly the same. Cool Whip! Use any brand you want. Sometimes I get the extra creamy – this time I grabbed the original. Either is fine! This recipe makes about 30 pudding shots.
- Mix the pudding mix and the 3/4 c milk with a whisk or beaters.
2. Add the booze (vodka & Irish Cream) and mix well.
3. Fold in the Cool Whip.
4. Spoon in small containers. I use these 2 oz Diamond Multi-Purpose Mini Cups that are probably made for condiments, but pudding shots are way more fun. I also use these for Jell-O shots 😉 They are usually in the paper plate aisle and come in a pack of 50. Before finding these, I had to buy mass quantities at Sam’s. I pick up several of these at a time as 50 go pretty quick.
I literally spoon the pudding mixture into the cups. I haven’t come up with a better way because the mixture is pretty thick. Be careful not to fill too full, or the pudding will squish out when you put the lid on. So leave a little room at the top.
I sprinkled a tiny bit of cinnamon on each one before putting the lid on for something extra. Freeze for a few hours before serving and they are ready! I store leftovers in the freezer as well. They stay good for a few weeks!
As we say goodbye to October, we don’t have to say goodbye to Pumpkin Spice. It fits well with November too. These would be a hit at Thanksgiving! Let me know how yours turn out!