Hot Cocoa Pudding Shots

Hot Cocoa Pudding Shots are a rich, creamy, and just boozy enough pudding treat that’s perfect for any party. These delicious pudding shots are quick and easy, so they’re winners on every front!

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If you love making fun cocktails for family and friends, then these pudding shots are for you. They only take about 10 minutes to make and you’ll have 16 delicious pudding shots that everyone will love.

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❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a few simple ingredients.
  • It’s rich and creamy, and it tastes like alcohol-infused hot cocoa.
  • It’s pudding!


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These delicious pudding shots only take a handful of simple ingredients to make. Unlike some of our recipes, every single ingredient is a co-star in this cocktail show, so we’re listing them all. You’ll find the exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Chocolate pudding mix
  • Swiss Mix hot cocoa mix
  • Milk
  • Baileys Irish Cream
  • Whipped cream vodka
  • Whipped cream
  • Mini marshmallows

🔪 How to Make Hot Cocoa Pudding Shots

Making this recipe is super easy. It only takes a few minutes of mixing, and you’re all done!

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Step 1: Make the Pudding

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the chocolate pudding mix, cocoa mix, and milk until fully combined.

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Step 2: Add the Alcohol

Whisk the Baileys and vodka into the pudding mix.

Step 3: Add Whipped Cream

Whisk in the whipped cream until incorporated.

Step 4: Chill and Serve

Divide the pudding into the cups and chill until ready to serve. Then top with whipped cream and mini marshmallows and enjoy! e

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Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Peppermint Pudding Shots – Use white chocolate pudding, peppermint hot cocoa, and peppermint vodka.
  • Whipped Cream – You can use homemade whipped cream or Cool Whip for this recipe.
  • Hot Cocoa – Use your favorite brand and variety of hot cocoa mix for this recipe.

If you love the idea of boozy hot cocoa flavor, then try these rumchata hot cocoa bombs.

🥄 Equipment

You’ll only need a few simple pieces of kitchen equipment to make this recipe.

  • Measuring cups
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • 3 ounce plastic cups

🥫 Storage

Store these pudding shots covered and without the whipped cream garnish in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days.

💭 Tips

There’s not much to remember with this recipe at all. It’s incredibly simple to make.

  • Be sure to use instant pudding for this recipe. Cook and serve will not work.
  • Whisk vigorously to ensure that all ingredients are fully incorporated.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Can you add too much alcohol to pudding shots?

You can. If you go overboard with the alcohol, the pudding won’t set.

Do pudding shots get you drunker?

Not at all. The sugar masks the taste of the alcohol somewhat, so people end up having more than they should before they realize what they’ve done.

How much alcohol is in pudding shots?

On average, 4 pudding shots equal 1 shot of pure alcohol.

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🧾Recipe Card

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Hot Cocoa Pudding Shots

These Hot Cocoa Pudding Shots are so easy to make, plus they are rich and chocolatey and taste amazing.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 Pudding Shots
Calories: 124kcal


  • 6 ounces chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 packet of Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup Baileys Irish Cream
  • ½ cup Whipped Cream Vodka
  • 1 cup whipped cream homemade whipped heavy cream, or you can use cool whip
  • Extra whipped cream for topping
  • Miniature marshmallows for topping


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together chocolate pudding mixes, cocoa mix, and milk, until combined.
  • Whisk in the Baileys, followed by the vodka.
  • Whisk in whipped cream, stirring well until everything is incorporated.
  • Divide the pudding mixture among 3 ounce plastic cups.
  • Chill until ready to serve, or if ready to serve-
  • Top the cups with whipped cream, and miniature marshmallows.
  • Enjoy!


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes. 


Serving: 1Pudding Shot | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 357mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 76IU | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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