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How to Make Jolly Rancher® Vodka Shots


When Hershey Food Corporations acquired the Leaf North American confectionery operations in 1996 it is doubtful that they intended for the tart confection known as Jolly Rancher® to be taken as a shot, but like other food items such as Jello®, the public will always find interesting ways to add fun to their parties.

You can either make Jolly Rancher® vodka with the true candy or more commonly, you can make a shot that tastes like a Jolly Rancher using traditional flavored alcohols.

Jolly Rancher® Shot Using Candy

If using the candy to make this shot you will need to make it in batches and at least twenty-four hours in advance rather than one shot at a time.

You will need:

  • 16 single flavor Jolly Ranchers®
  • 2 cups vodka


Clean a mason jar with a lid.

Unwrap candies and place at the bottom of the jar.

Pour in vodka, cover, and shake.

Refrigerate for at least 24 hours shaking contents as the candy dissolves.


Jolly Rancher® Shot with Flavored Alcohol

This is one of the easiest recipes to change the flavor simply by substituting the flavor of schnapps or vodka.

You will need:

  • 1 oz sour apple Pucker
  • 2 oz chilled vodka


Mix the apple schnapps with the vodka and drink.

Add 3 oz of 7 Up with a glass of ice for a refreshingly tart drink.



” HERSHEY’S | Jolly Rancher Hard Candy.” HERSHEY’S | The Hershey Company – Makers of Chocolate Bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Other Candies. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2011.

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