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. Pudding shots are a cool and creamy adults-only treat that’s always a hit at summer parties!
Party Perfect Pudding Shots
I’m just going to go ahead and call it right now: Summer 2022 is going to be ALL about these cool and creamy pudding shots!
Actually, for me, EVERY summer since I discovered them has been all about these pudding shots, LOL. We’re talking HUGE HIT!! Waayyy better than jello shots…
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 and time of year 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 Baileys 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.
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.
These chocolate shots are 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. AND they melt in your mouth, not in your hands. :)
These pudding shots are tastier take on their partner-in-crime, the more well-known Jell-O shot. At least that’s MY opinion! In case you haven’t noticed, jello 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… Because you really cannot go wrong with you mix pudding with a little creamy liqueur and some flavored vodka!!
Chocolate Pudding Shot Ingredients
Made with just 5 ingredients, these chocolate pudding shots are totally delicious. AND deceptively strong for their small size — thanks to a cup each of Baileys Irish Cream and whipped cream 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 every store I can think of and have yet to find even a single bottle.
No problem, though! I decided to use Pinnacle Whipped Vodka, and then I added a teaspoon of instant espresso powder.
It’s completely optional, but espresso powder is known for intensifying the chocolate flavor in recipes. And I really love the subtle flavor boost it provides. Many of my friends compare the taste to to the light chocolate flavor of a classic Wendy’s Frosty. #yum
The remaining three ingredients are simply a package of chocolate pudding (well actually two, remember BIG batch?!), a tub of Cool Whip topping, and a cup of milk. That’s it — easy-peasy!
How To Make Pudding Shots
How do you make pudding shots? Well, it’s really quite simple. Whisk one cup milk and one cup Baileys into the instant chocolate pudding mix and espresso powder (if using) in a large bowl. After they’re well blended, whisk in the vodka. Finally, fold in the Cool Whip until completely combined.
My preferred way to serve these Baileys pudding shots is in these little disposable condiment pudding shot cups with lids. They’re SO much less work than washing a ton of tiny plastic shot glasses…
Just spoon the mixture evenly into the disposable plastic shot 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.
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 disposable party shot 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 (clean) hand to scrape the remainder out of the bowl.
NOT my finest moment, but these chocolate pudding shots are seriously THAT good!
The Best Pudding Shots?
1| I’ve seen some pretty fancy and over the top pudding 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. My bet is that they DO NOT.
And 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, chocolate chips, crushed graham crackers, chocolate shavings, oreo cookies, mini marshmallows, and/or crushed candy and topped with a sprinkle of cocoa powder.
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 simple recipe is easily customizable. I mean, you don’t HAVE to start with a box of chocolate pudding mix. Try swapping in different varieties of instant pudding or different flavors of vodka.
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 they were totally AMAZING! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find it since 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…
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, meaning they’re still creamy enough to eat frozen.
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.
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 recipes!!!
- Vanilla RumChata Pudding Shots
- White Russian Pudding Shots
- Funfetti Birthday Cake Pudding Shots
- Pumpkin Pie Pudding Shots
Try them all ASAP and let me know what you think. Want more flavors? Tell me what pudding shot ideas sound delish in the comments.
Need a few more adult drink recipes? Here are some of my all-time faves:
- Easy Tequila and Squirt Paloma Drink — 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!
Saturday 18th of February 2023
Be careful! The pudding in this recipe doesn’t set and now I’m out all the money for the liquor as it’s a disgusting liquid goo.
Saturday 18th of February 2023
Hi Angie! I'm not clear on if you added the Cool Whip or not, but the pudding and alcohol mixture is not going to fully set on its own. If you did add the Cool Whip and experienced this, it sounds like you may have stirred it into the pudding mixture completely instead of folding them together to retain the fluffy whipped texture.
Saturday 10th of December 2022
Made them today in Ontario, Canada. Used raspberry vodka and espresso flavoured Baileys. Am going to garnish with whipping cream and a fresh raspberry on top of each and serve with a small spoon! Tried them as prepping (quality control) and they are delicious!
Sunday 11th of December 2022
Ooh, the raspberry vodka sounds amazing. Going to have to try this myself!! I've used these little tasting spoons for parties.
Wednesday 9th of November 2022
maybe a silly question...but how do you eat these? do you need spoons or do you sorta squeeze them out into your mouth?
Thursday 10th of November 2022
Hi Rosey -- I don't think that's a silly question at all! We usually just kind of lick them out of the cup like you would with a jello shot. But these mini tasting spoons are another good option. I keep them on hand for when I make the peanut butter whiskey pudding shots, which tend to freeze a little more solid due to the peanut butter. Enjoy!
Thursday 22nd of September 2022
I'm a little confused with original recipe. You state chocolate Jell-O pudding mix, but then refer to vanilla pudding? Just want to make sure I get it right.
Thursday 22nd of September 2022
Ha! I don't even know how I did that, and I can't believe no one else has mentioned it!! Yes, you should use chocolate instant pudding -- and I've updated the instructions. Thank you!
Thursday 17th of February 2022
Thursday 17th of February 2022
Hi Stephen -- are you asking if you can use amaretto in this pudding shots? I think it would be very good in them; however, since it's a very sweet liqueur, I'd recommend not incorporating it 1:1 for the vodka. Maybe start with 1/2 cup vodka and 1/2 cup amaretto, keeping the Baileys amount the same to see how that goes.