Last Updated on August 27, 2021 by Bill Allen
The BEST Jello Shot Cups (Plus Buyer’s Guide)
You wouldn’t think it, but there are actually a lot of considerations when you’re looking to buy the best jello shot cups or containers. So even though it might be a really boring topic, we decided to write you this guide anyway on buying the best cups for jello shots.
First, you have size. Do you want one ounce or two ounce shots? Do you want paper or plastic jello shot cups? Do you need jello shot cups with lids? Do you want colored or clear? Or do you just want the cheapest shot cups and move on…
So, having thrown far too many parties as well as owning a bar, I think I can give you a really good breakdown as to what you should and shouldn’t buy when it comes to purchasing cups for jello shots.
What Size Cups for Jello Shots?
First, let’s talk about size. Size does matter here 🙂 Both in amount consumed and price per cup.
The standard shot sizes are one ounce and two ounces. And these cups follow this measurement.
Deciding which size to choose is more of a personal preference and anything else. But most people go with 2 ounces. And I suggest you do the same unless you’re creating your Jell-O shot masterpieces for a children’s party, then you can go with the small jello shot cups.
The next point I want to hit has to do about being environmentally friendly. When it comes to choosing paper or plastic, it’s the same old debate as choosing which bags to use a supermarket.
Personally I just use the paper cheap ones when I’m making a ton of shots for family and friends, or to make a toast to new members of your group. But if I’m trying to be artistic, and I want to layer my Jell-O shots, then I use the clear plastic ones.
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Again, it really depends on what you’re using these four. If you’re just making Jell-O shots for some frat party, nobody’s going to care what the shot actually looks like. (Check out my article on how to cure a hangover if you need it.) All they’re going to care about is getting ripped (drunk). So the paper cups are not only cheap, but also super easy to dispose of. And they’re biodegradable!
On the other hand if you’re creating artisan Jell-O shots that are three layers deep in a festive color combination to impress your friends with your upscale drink making capabilities, then you’re going to want people to see your artistic abilities. That’s when the clear Jell-O shop cups come in.
One last thing to consider is if you’re going to need lids for your shots. Don’t forget, if you’re planning on traveling with your Jell-O shots, you need some way to keep the Jell-O in the cup.
There are two easy with fixes for this. The first one is if you have a good sized baking sheet or an actual commercial baking sheet, you can just use the paper cups and then use Saran Wrap to cover them up. It works and it’s cheap and easy.
The second one is you really care about how your shots look aesthetically, then you just going to want to go with the plastic jello shot cups with lids. It really is the best option as far as storage and are basic bar tools.
Okay, so I’ve given you some things to think about when it comes to buying Jell-O shot cups. It’s not rocket science, but there are a few considerations to finding the best container for jello shots.
Now hopefully you know what you’re using the cups for. So now it’s time to move on and figure out which option is the best to buy for what you’re going for.
Types of Jello-Shot Cups
Yes, there are primarily 3 types of jello shot cups not counting things like jello shot syringes or using fruit skins as the cup. I’ll go over the differences between cups so you can decide what’s best for you and your party goers.
Paper Jell-O Shot Cups
There are plenty of pros to them. They’re super cheap, they’re disposable so no mess to contend with, and you can usually get a hold of them pretty easily.
The main disadvantage with paper cups is that they can leak, leaving your fridge a mess and your cups rather soggy when it comes time to shoot your shooters.
And when it comes to eating the actual shot out of one of these, you pretty much have to squeeze out whatever you can while hopefully not breaking the bottom out of your cup. Or licking the sides where the jello sticks between the cracks where the paper folds.
And even though you might be able to more easily recycle paper, it’s not such an Earth friendly option if the paper cup is still covered in jello, which is likely to be the case. Plus these sorts of containers usually have some kind of plastic or wax coating to try to make them as waterproof as possible. So they may not always be 100% Earth friendly. But if you do care about the environment, if you’re making my 100 jello shot recipe, these would be the ones to use.
Usually though, they won’t be recycled at all. But at least these cups will break down over time in your local dump, so for the environmentally friendly drinkers out there, this is your best option if you’re looking to throw them away.
One tip when using paper Jell-O shot cups. Try to use them as soon as possible. Don’t let the Jell-O sit in them too long. The longer the Jell-O sits inside the cups, the more they will stick to the paper. So the best case scenario would be to make your jello shots in the afternoon and use them that night one the Jell-O sets up.
Plastic Jello Shot Cups with Lids
The obvious advantage to using plastic cups with lids is that they are plastic and therefore won’t leak and that they have optional matching lids which helps them stay fresh and make them easy to store and transport.
It’s one thing to make them in your kitchen, another to get them to where the party is.
But where these cups really stand out is that most plastic cups are completely see-through which means you can make some really beautiful Halloween or Christmas shots using the festive colored appropriate Jell-O and your shots will end up looking beautiful enough to be the centerpiece of your party. Who doesn’t love a little color, right?
And of course these cups come in both 1 ounce or 2 ounce varieties. And the cost is minimal.
Some not only that, there usually sold either with lids or without them. So if you don’t need him, you can even save a few pennies more and lessen the load on the environment.
And of course there’s always a few cons. The biggest disadvantage for the average jello shots containers is that there are usually made from a very cheap and easily broken plastic. So when you try to squeeze out the Jell-O, you sometimes just end up breaking up the cup in making a bigger mess than anything else.
So if kids are involved, you might want to just give them spoons as well. Or use Jello shot syringes instead.
ez squeeze Jello Shot Cups
But… truth is, these things don’t stand up the way you think they would. So here’s my quick overview…
Pros: These cups have some pros for sure. They are cheap, they don’t leak and according to their manufacture, they help shorten the chill time of your shots setting up. They also really do allow you to shoot your shot more easily than say the paper cups do.
But one caveat as far as the pros, when I made my jello shots, I didn’t notice any noticeable difference on the time it took for my shots to be ready. But maybe they do shave off a few seconds, I really couldn’t “scientifically” say.
The Cons: They’re plastic, so if you’re environmentally friendly, you won’t want these.
Also, although they are plastic, they really don’t hold their shape after you use them. This is because of the squeezing you do. It deforms the cups shape and they will never return to their natural state!
And forget the lids. They really don’t fit that well. even before you squeeze them!
AND you still end up licking the sides of the cup just like any of the cheaper cups. although if you use the sugar-free Jell-O, for some reason it seems to stick less.
So my biggest negative is that they are plastic, yet they aren’t reusable. So what’s the point???
The regular plastic cups with lids are better, cheaper and if you are making layered shots, look a lot more stunning as these are a bit “foggy” as far as the see through plastic goes.
So there you have it. A complete buyers guide to Jell-O shot cups. I’ve tried to make sure everything you could possibly want to know about them was included so that you could make an easy buying decision.
And don’t forget to take a look at my article: How to Make Jello Shots!
And if you think I left anything out, please feel free to comment below and I’ll add it to the article.
Where to Buy Jello Shot Cups?
Depending on if you’ve decided to get a specialty cup like the ez-squeeze ones, or if any old container will do, like the ones they use in restaurants, the easiest solution is just to order them online. Amazon, Walmart or even Target all have them.
It just makes it easier as they are delivered right to your door. No need to wait to get your jello shot cups. But if you need them like right now, then you’ll need to go to Walmart or some where similar, or maybe even Dollar Tree or a liquor store or restaurant supply store. But they should be pretty easy to source.