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5-Ingredient Basic Chocolate Pudding Shots (Alcoholic Pudding Shots)

These luscious chocolate pudding shots are heavenly little cups of alcohol-infused pudding that are sure to make you the host or hostess with the mostest. They’re a cool and creamy adults-only treat that’s always a hit at summer parties!

pudding shot in plastic condiment cups on a marble slab

Party Perfect Pudding Shots

I’m just going to go ahead and call it right now: Summer 2019 is ALL about these cool and creamy pudding shots! Actually, EVERY summer is all about these pudding shots in my book…

We’ve been pulling these chocolate pudding shots out of our cooler for OBX vacations, football tailgates, pre-concert parking lot parties, and really ANY adult gathering to excited cheers for years. Simply put, they’re guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face!

I’ll tell you up front that they go fast — which is why this chocolate pudding shots recipe makes a BIG double batch for a crowd. Because running out of pudding shots too early in the evening is a sad, sad occasion.


pudding shots with vodka in plastic condiment cups on a marble slab

What Are Pudding Shots?

But let me back up for just a minute… Before I tell you how to make them, I guess I should share more on what exactly IS a pudding shot.

Basically, they’re heavenly little cups of alcohol-infused pudding that will surely make you the host or hostess with the mostest. They’re ideal for summer gatherings, because they’re 1) super easy to make, 2) can be made several days ahead of time, and 3) ALWAYS well received.

These pudding shots are tastier take (in my opinion) on their partner-in-crime, the more well-known Jell-O shot. In case you haven’t noticed, Jell-O shots are everywhere these days. In fact, vendors were actually selling them at the concert we went to last night. Crazy!

But pudding shots? Not so much. And I’m here to remedy the situation.

chocolate pudding shots ingredients in a glass bowl with a black and white towel

Chocolate Pudding Shot Ingredients

Made with just 5 ingredients, these chocolate pudding shots are totally delicious. AND deceptively strong — thanks to a cup each of Bailey’s Irish Cream and flavored vodka.

The original recipe calls for espresso vodka, which sounds fabulous but is about as common as a unicorn around here. Seriously, I’ve been to multiple stores and have yet to find even one bottle.

No problem, though! I decided to use Pinnacle Whipped Vodka, and then I added a teaspoon of instant espresso powder. It’s totally optional, but espresso powder is known for intensifying the chocolate flavor in recipes, so I really like the subtle flavor boost it provides.

The remaining three ingredients are simply Jell-O chocolate pudding, Cool Whip, and milk. That’s it — easy-peasy!

how to make pudding shots mixture in a glass bowl with a black and white towel

How To Make Pudding Shots

How do you make pudding shots? Well, it’s really quite simple. Whisk the milk and Bailey’s into the instant chocolate pudding and espresso powder (if using). After they’re well mixed, whisk in the vodka. Finally, fold in the Cool Whip until completely combined.

My preferred way to serve these alcoholic pudding shots is in these little condiment/pudding shot cups. Just spoon the mixture evenly into the cups (one big scoop plus a dab using this cookie scoop is ideal), leaving a little room for expansion, because we’re going to pop them in the freezer. Close each cup up with the lids, and freeze until you’re ready to serve your pudding shots.

jello pudding shots in condiment cups with lids on a marble slab

Honestly, the hardest part of making Jell-O pudding shots is resisting the urge to sample a spoonful here and there as you’re portioning out the cups. No joke!

Fun fact: We ran out of cups at the beach one year, so we just used spoons to eat the mix right out of the bowl. But then we ran out of spoons… So I just used my hand to scrape the bowl clean. Not my finest moment, but these chocolate pudding shots are seriously THAT good!

best pudding shots in cups with a black towel

The Best Pudding Shots

Two more things before I give you the recipe:

1| I’ve seen some pretty fancy and over the top puddings shots on Pinterest, all claiming to be the best pudding shots ever. Do they taste better than these simple chocolate pudding shots? I’m pretty skeptical… Maybe they do and maybe they don’t.

But when it comes right down to it, I’ve found that my guests really don’t care if their pudding shots are smothered in whipped cream, cookie crumbs, or crushed candy. These basic chocolate pudding shots take just 10 minutes to make, and the results speak for themselves. Their taste is anything but basic!

2| That said, this recipe is easily customizable. Try swapping in different flavors of vodka or different varieties of instant pudding. You can even try different flavors of Cool Whip. We tried the Oreo Cookie Cool Whip in these chocolate pudding shots at the beach last year, and it was totally amazing. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find it back here in Ohio.

In any case, these swaps keep the recipe simple and easy, but they allow you to change up the flavors to your tastes. If you try some new varieties, I’d love to hear your results!

P.S. Make sure you take copies of this recipe with you to your gathering! I’ve never left a party without giving out the recipe at least 5 times…


chocolate pudding shots recipe in plastic cups

Basic Chocolate Pudding Shots (Alcoholic Pudding Shots)

Yield: 50 pudding shots
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

These luscious chocolate pudding shots are heavenly little cups of alcohol-infused pudding that are sure to make you the host or hostess with the mostest. They're a cool & creamy adults-only treat that's always a hit at summer parties!



  1. Whisk together the pudding mix, milk, Baileys, and espresso powder (if using).
  2. Stir the vodka into the pudding mixture.
  3. Fold in the Cool Whip until well combined.
  4. Spoon the mix into 2-oz. plastic cups with lids with a medium cookie scoop, leaving some room for expansion.
  5. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to serve.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 50 Serving Size: 1 pudding shot
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 56.8Total Fat: 2.3gSaturated Fat: 1.6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0.4mgSodium: 9.1mgCarbohydrates: 3.5gFiber: 0gSugar: 1.2gProtein: 0.3g

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baileys pudding shots in cups on a marble slab

How To Store Pudding Shots?

I like to store these alcoholic pudding shots in the freezer until I’m ready to serve them. The high alcohol content will prevent them from freezing solid.

How To Serve Pudding Shots?

These chocolate pudding shots can be served straight from the freezer (my fave), or you can allow them to thaw in the fridge before serving. When we take them to a party, we throw the still frozen pudding shots into an ice-filled cooler, and they’re good to go for the duration.

How Long Do Pudding Shots Last?

Frankly, I’ve never tested how long pudding shots last, because leftovers just aren’t happening. But I’d say that they should last about 2 months in the freezer and about 5-7 days in the fridge.

rumchata pudding shots made with 5 ingredients

UPDATE: Whoa, you guys blew me away with your response to this chocolate pudding shots recipe… So I made you not one, not two, not even three, but four NEW pudding shot flavors!!!

Try them all ASAP and let me know what you think. Want more flavors? Tell me what sounds delish in the comments.

Need a few more adult drink recipes? Here are some of my all-time faves:

  • Tequila and Squirt Recipe — This easy paloma cocktail is made with tequila and Squirt grapefruit soda, with a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of salt. I like to call it the poor man’s margarita — simple, inexpensive, and delicious!
  • Wine Slushies — Just three ingredients combine to make these ah-mazing peach wine slushies: moscato wine, frozen peaches, and confectioners sugar. Frosty and fabulous!
  • Alcoholic Root Beer Float — What happens when you mix a classic root beer float with Kahlúa French Vanilla? Magic, that’s what! Guests will adore this Kahlúa root beer float on a hot summer night…
  • Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe — Hands down THE BEST strawberry daiquiri I’ve ever had: not too sweet, not too tart, and deliciously thick and creamy! Uses just four ingredients.

I’d love to see how your pudding shots turn out… Tag me @Unsophisticook on Instagram or use the hashtag #Unsophisticook so I can check it out. Enjoy!

Joseph Burger

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

Thinking about using this recipe as the filling between layers in a cake. Do you think that's a good idea Tara? (I'd bake the cake first, and let it cool, before applying this pudding).

Tara Kuczykowski

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

Oh, I think this would be delicious!! Yes, definitely be sure to let the cake cool thoroughly before spreading it. And then refrigerate it after applying. I've love to hear how it turns out, Joseph!


Thursday 30th of September 2021

I made these but I used Screwball peanut butter whisky. OMG they were amazing. A little slice of peanut butter/ chocolate heaven.


Thursday 16th of December 2021

@Tara Kuczykowski, has this happened yet? I am looking to make them this weekend with PB whiskey

Tara Kuczykowski

Thursday 30th of September 2021

OMG, too funny -- I just discovered Skrewball about a month ago and have a PB pudding shots version in the works. Stay tuned!! And your version sounds totally delish, too...


Thursday 10th of December 2020

Just made eggnog, Cheesecake, and piña colada! These are great.

Tara Kuczykowski

Friday 11th of December 2020

Happy you love them, too. So fun!


Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Wow! Yum! If you froze one of those little ice cream sampling spoons in the cup, you could eat it like a pudding pop! OMG-can’t wait for our annual pig roast! One more thing for all our friends to look forward to!!!!

Tara Kuczykowski

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Such a great idea -- you will LOVE them!


Friday 8th of November 2019

I have made these several times and they are always a hit. I make mine very similar but with the cookies and cream pudding. Sooooo good!!

Tara Kuczykowski

Friday 8th of November 2019

Awesome! I’ve made them with the cookies and cream Cool Whip but not the pudding. Will have to try it soon - thanks for the suggestion!

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