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Booze Bites: Irish Car Bomb Jell-O Shots

Posted by on March 2 2012 in Desserts, Holiday, Recipe

Chewable beer bite? Sure, you probably associate that phrase with a less-than-pleasant experience, something that might have involved hanging out a car door window like a dog on a drive. Luckily, we’re here to supplant that memory with a chewable beer bite you can enjoy. Let’s talk Irish Car Bomb Jell-shots.

No more worries of having to invoke those college days when you had guzzle this drink quickly just to avoid the curdle. No, we’ve grown up, we can self-moderate and we can do so gracefully with a treat that won’t leave guzzling trails at the corner of our mouths.

*To make this fun treat we we used two types  of molds. The layered Jell-o shot  on the right is made using a mini  muffin pan. To acheive the shot-in-the-glass look like the ones on the left we used this mold found here.

Irish Car Bomb Jell-o Shots


  • 16 oz. Guinness Stout beer, divided use
  • 5 envelopes of Knox gelatin, divided use
  • 3oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 3oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey


  1. Lightly mold with non-stick spray and then gently wipe away any excess. Only a very small amount is needed.
  2. Pour 12 oz. of Guinness into a shallow dish, making sure to pour gently to cause as little head as possible, then sprinkle 4 envelopes of gelatin on top. Set aside and allow gelatin to bloom for two minutes.
  3. Transfer mixture to the saucepan and heat over lowest setting until gelatin bloom melts and no lumps are visible, mixture will resemble syrup. Transfer mixture to a heat proof bowl and combine with remaining Guinness . To layer the Jell-o shot, split Guinness mixture in half. Using one half pour mixture into form a quarter of the way up.
  4. Chill for 5-10 minutes until solidified.
  5. In the meantime, pour Baileys and whiskey into a bowl and sprinkle remaining envelope of gelatin on top. Set aside for gelatin to bloom for two minutes.
  6.  Transfer Bailey’s-whiskey mixture to a saucepan and heat over lowest setting. Drop one to two ice cubes into mixture to cool. Pour mixture on top of Guinness layer and chill for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Pour remaining half of Guinness mixture on top of Bailey’s and whiskey layer.
  8. To remove, press finger into center of Jell-o shot and using an offset spatula or butter knife gently pop out Jell-o shot.


  1.  To prevent the mixtures from solidifying while waiting for layers, gently stir mixture every now and again.
  2. Shots can be made 1 day in advance.

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27 Responses leave one →
  1. Megan permalink
    March 2, 2012

    Wouldn’t cooking it burn off the alcohol? Or do I just need to be careful to heat as little as possible?

  2. March 2, 2012

    Sheer genius, Naomi! This is so awesome!!

  3. bakersroyale permalink*
    March 2, 2012

    Hi Megan,

    It does not cook-off. Use the lowest setting on your stovetop and you only want to heat it until the gelatin melts, about 1-2 minutes (it should not be lumpy and will have a syrup like consistency).

  4. March 3, 2012

    oh they look WONDERFUL and sound so yummy!!!

  5. Denise Mulligan permalink
    March 3, 2012

    I don’t think it is a very nice tittle for your drink. Couldn’t you name it something happy. This is very insensitive to those who have died or lost loved one’s in car bombs in Ireland. It is such a sensitive issue I wish you would take this post off or name it something else.
    Denise Mulligan

  6. James McKee permalink
    March 4, 2012

    Denise, I don’t think anyone really gives a shite about your Catholic/Protestant issues…take your trolling somewhere else.

  7. March 5, 2012

    Endless Simmer has officially jumped the shark.

  8. Alison permalink
    March 8, 2012

    step #1 “excess” not “access”

  9. Margi permalink
    March 9, 2012

    What a dreadful, inappropriate name for a drink.

  10. March 9, 2012

    These are gorgeous! I love the grown-up look. I’ll definitely be trying this for a party!

    [But be warned, when we posted Irish Car Bomb Bread Pudding and Irish Car Bomb Icecream on, we had to field several negative comments about the name. Just to help out so maybe you’re not innudated…

    The Irish Car Bomb is a drink (shot) which has Irish Whiskey, Irish Cream, and Guinness. Hence the Irish part. The ‘car’ comes from it being a ‘side car’ (a shot on the side). It is a ‘bomb’ shot, as in you drop the shot glass into your beer then drink the whole thing. (the quintessential ‘bomb’ shot is the Jager Bomb, but there are other examples: There are California Car Bombs, Canadian Car Bombs, etc.]

  11. Rachel permalink
    March 12, 2012

    Interesting food but awful name. But I suppose as so many St Patrick’s day events in the US funded the IRA for so long I shouldn’t be surprised.

  12. Jack O'Connor permalink
    March 13, 2012

    you guys are morons, Irish car bomb shots have been around for ever, I dont see how a drink made with all irish ingredients could be offensive to Irish people. so you guys blew a few people up big deal THEYRE TASTY!!

    I would like to say that jager bombs are offensive but only becuase they have jeager in them…

  13. joshua k permalink
    March 15, 2012

    Fantastic recipe and looks great. I need to go pick up some more Bailey’s first.

    As already stated, the name of this drink has NOTHING to do with location there for, immature trolling or tossing a fit about Irish history is irrelevant in the argument…. maybe spend a little more time learning your drink history instead of religious ones.

  14. cleggerbyte permalink
    March 16, 2012

    Wow! Great recipe! Can’t wait to try it :) Thank you!!

    To clear up the name questioning:

    A ‘bomb’ drink refers to any beverage that has an shot dropped into it (i.e. jager bomb, o-bomb, cherry bomb). An Irish Car Bomb is named as such because all the ingredients are Irish and traditionally is served by dropping a shot of Jameson & Bailey’s into a glass of Guinness. The ‘car’ portion of the name can also be related to the many car bombings that took place during the Troubles in Ireland. So, I suppose you’re all correct. However, I don’t believe that most people know the meaning behind the name so please don’t assume the author is being offensive.

  15. funkej permalink
    March 16, 2012

    So, does this mean we can’t have a Kamikaze cause it’s disrespectful to the Japanese? Or an adios mother f@#$#@ because it’s disrespectful to Hispanic’s, what about a slippery nipple. That is SOOO disrespectful to all of us with nipples!! What about the Dead Nazi…I could seriously go on and on. Come on people…find something else to do! P.S. I’m making this awesome drink tomorrow and my guests can’t wait! Thanks for sharing!!!

  16. Megan permalink
    March 17, 2012

    Thanks! I figured as much, they’re in my fridge as I type, hopefully they turn out amazing.
    Also, to those commenting on the title, I haven’t been a drinker for very long, and even I know that Irish Car Bomb is a common drink. Come on.

  17. March 19, 2012

    So I made these this past weekend and we weren’t fans. The thickness of the beer and the Bailey’s just made it too chewy to really enjoy as a Jell-O shot. The texture was way off. They looked really cool though :)

  18. March 21, 2012

    These looked really great so I made them for St. Pattys. But like Amanda below, I wasn’t a huge fan and I suspect that’s cause I’m not a beer drinker :(. And if I was to make it again, I would do a “reverse car bomb” (explained on my blog:

    Also I noticed there was no mention of how many servings you get from the given measurements…that kinda threw me off mid-process. I had to double the amounts to get about 14 cupcake sizes.

  19. MothyrGrimm permalink
    March 31, 2012

    Seriously people? Do a little Googling before posting. The name of the drink (Irish Car Bomb) has been around for AGES, this is just how to make it into amazingly-awesome-yummy-gorgeous-om-noming jello shots. You can’t all of a sudden un-name a drink because of some douchebags. Just like the previous poster said, there’s a ton of crazy/offensive named drinks out there, especially shots.

    I definitely can’t speak for all Irish of course, but I don’t think they much mind… not to mention I have a sneaking suspicion they invented a lot of drinks themselves. I know the pub I go to (ran by an Irishman) loves having Irish related drinks that have crazy names, not only Irish Car Bombs, but Irish F*ckers (baliey’s & vanilla vodka) and Red Headed S!uts (Jager & Peach Schnapps)… Just in case you ever want to do another jello shot tutorial 😀

  20. kath permalink
    May 1, 2012

    nancy california,canada,russia or poland to my knowledge have had no on the beach or a slippery nipple never killed anyone either.thats why its so sensitive to irish people.its a memory,a trauma.but i have to say the drink sounds nice

  21. Sasha permalink
    July 15, 2012

    I love the idea of these and plan to try them an about a week. I bought the teacake pan for the shot in the glass effect but I don’t see instructions on how to do this. I’m assuming the Guiness layer needs to set up first, be removed and turned upside down and then the Baileys/Jameseons layer would be added. The indentation seems so small though that I wonder if the proportions will be off.

  22. July 17, 2012

    I made them before for a St. Patty’s Day pregame party and they sure did the trick. Bill Cosby approved.

  23. Heath permalink
    August 19, 2012

    These turned out a little thick as prepared with the directions, think we’re going to try again with a few different ratios.

    As for the name, when I was in Ireland, I didn’t call it an “Irish Car Bomb”, instead I explained the drink to the bartender and he told me it was a “Belmont Bomber”, but neglected the Bailey’s.

    It’s a name, if people don’t like the name, the can go look somewhere else… silly sensitive people annoy me.

  24. February 15, 2013

    thanks for the great idea. I made these and would suggest a few things:
    -way too much gelatin. 4 packs really ruined the taste.
    -use 24 oz of beer and 2 gelatin packs. Then up the Bailey’s to like 8oz
    -I added about a tbs of sugar to the beer / gelatin mixture. Heating a stout beer really makes it bitter

  25. kimberlie permalink
    March 15, 2013

    Do you know if I can pour these directly in disposable shot glasses (plastic) and do it that way? (Rather than using a mold.)

  26. kmc-ny permalink
    July 1, 2013

    Im an avid Guinness drinker & LUV the actual shot but after reading the comments I wondered if some of you who prefer something a little less bitter could substitute a double chocolate stout in place of the Guinness. There are many out there but personally my fav is Youngs (comes in an orange &purple can or bottle). It barely tastes like beer and even my mom who cant stand beer was pleasantly surprised when we used it for a holiday beer and food pairing. Just an idea.

  27. Sarah permalink
    August 11, 2014

    Thank you for the wonderful Recipe. I will have to try this.

    For the rest that find this offensive here is the history on the Irish Car Bomb drink. If she named the drink something else it would not be what it is.

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