How long can jello shots last in the fridge?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “How long can jello shots last in the fridge?”, discuss what happens if you eat bad jello, and how do you store jello shots.

How long can jello shots last in the fridge?

Jello shots last for 7 to 10 days in the fridge. It is better to use them early, within 2-3 days, so that you can enjoy the maximum taste and flavor of jello shots.

If they are stored properly, and their packing is well sealed, then they can be stored even longer than 3 to 5 days. 

Do Jello shots go bad? 

Yes, jello shots eventually do go bad. Jello shots have a short shelf life and will last in the refrigerator for 3-5 days before they go bad. You may also freeze them for longer storage but it is advised to consume them within a few days after preparing them.

How to increase the shelf life of jello shots?

If you want to keep the jello shots for a longer period, try to keep them in a place where there is no sudden temperature variation. If you prepare the jello shots and refrigerate them immediately, the moisture will tend to condensate letting the fungus and molds grow on the jello shots and rendering the shots inedible. 

If you want to increase the shelf life of jello shots, try to keep them in a cool and dry environment in your pantry. For refrigeration, seal them in a container and they will remain good to use for a maximum of 7-10 days. Here is a quick review of the shelf life of various forms of jello:

                  Form of jello          In pantry    (post expiration date)         In refrigerator      (post expiration date)    
Unopened jello (dry powder)Indefinite —–
Unopened unflavored gelatinIndefinite —–
Unopened prepackaged prepared jello3-4 months12-18 months 
Opened dry jello3-4 months—–
Opened prepared jello—–7-10 days

Can jello go bad?

Jello shots, wiggly party treats made with the most economical liquor, can go bad if they are not stored properly. Generally, they do not go bad too early, but if the water creeps into the container/ jar in which you have stored the jello shots, the moisture will welcome the bacteria and molds to grow on these shots, and they will go bad.

Signs that jello has spoiled

  • Color

If you have stored the jello in an air-tight container but still it changes its color to blue, green, or black, this means that this is the right time to chuck it. With the changed color of jello, you will also observe dark specs or streaks running through it.

  • Texture

The next telltale sign to show that the jello shots are gone bad is the conversion of shots from their typical harder consistency to a watery liquid. Jello shots turn to a watery liquid because the liquid separates from the other ingredients.

  • Taste 

If the sweet taste of jello has been replaced by the bitter or sour taste, this means that they are no more good to use. The conversion of the taste from sweet to sour indicates that the sugar in jello has been fermented to alcohol.

  • Microbial growth

If you observe any kind of bacterial or fungal growth on the jello shots, do not consume such jello because they have surely gone bad.

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What happens if you eat bad jello?

No serious health issues are associated with the consumption of bad jello shots. In case, your stomach is very sensitive, you may develop symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or allergy. If there is mold or bacterial growth on the jello shots and you consume them, there will be a high risk of food poisoning.

Can you freeze jello shots?

It is not recommended at all to freeze the jello shots because freezing the jello shots does not serve a good purpose. When the jello shots are frozen, then on thawing, the water will break the bonds that hold the gelatin together. As a result of this, a puddle of chunky goop will be formed. After freezing, the jello shots will be still able to be consumed but they will no more be appealing.

How do you store jello shots?

If you want to store dry jello mix, you should keep that away from the direct sunlight or heat, in an environment that is dry and where there is no moisture or humidity. Make sure that the package of dry jello mix is sealed well, to avoid any chance of moisture.

It is not recommended at all to store the dry jello mix in the refrigerator as the moisture and humidity of the refrigerator can affect the quality of it and it can be spoiled.

To store prepared jello shots (sealed jello cups) you can keep them at room temperature in a dry environment where there is no direct heat or light source. Prepared jello shots can also be kept in the refrigerator if they are in an airtight container. In the refrigerator, the jello shots can be stored for 3 to 5 days if you want to enjoy their taste at its best.


In this brief guide, we answered the question “How long do jello shots last in the fridge?”, discussed what happens if you eat bad jello, and how do you store jello shots.


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