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Like many people nowadays, I grew up watching Scooby Doo and the lovable members of the mystery gang crack those monstrous cases while shaking in their boots all the while. I was more than happy to leave the spooky mystery-solving to the Mystery Gang, but one thing I wanted for myself was the infamous scooby snacks. It was as much a relief as it was a life-altering moment when real-life scooby snacks were realised. They weren’t the most delicious treat on the supermarket shelf, but the taste didn’t matter when me and my friends could relive some of our favourite Scooby Doo moments.
Now, as an adult, I find myself missing the excitement of my favourite cartoon shows releasing themed sugary treats to satisfy my younger self. Which is why I was more than happy when I stumbled upon a scooby snack shot being served at my friend’s birthday party. Though there are no scooby snacks in the drink itself (the only let down of the drink), there is no denying the shot’s resemblance of Shaggy’s shirt and the matching sweetness reminiscent of those sugar snacks from my childhood. I recently hosted a nostalgia party where we all dressed up as a character from our favourite media as a kid and these scooby snack shots were an instant crowd pleaser. They paired perfectly as a chaser to my homemade M&M ice cream sandwiches which made us all feel like kids again, just with a little adult fun mixed in!
- ¼ cup banana liqueur
- ¼ cup coconut rum
- ¼ cup pineapple juice
- ¼ cup melon liqueur
- 1 cup 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 5 ice cubes
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Candied cherries
- All ingredients ready? Let's begin!
- Before you start making the main scooby snack shot, you should first make the garnish for the shot – the whipped cream. In the bowl of a stand mixer, pour in 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and add the powdered sugar.
- Set your stand mixer to medium speed for 2 minutes. Or whisk the cream by hand for 5 – 10 minutes.
- Just when the cream starts thickening up, add in the 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Continue to mix the cream until stiff peaks start to form in the bowl. Stop whisking as soon as this happens.
- Move the cream to your fridge to keep cool and in shape while you make the main portion of your scooby snack shot.
- Add your ice cubes directly to your cocktail shaker. Then pour in the banana liqueur, coconut rum, pineapple juice, melon liqueur, and the 2 remaining tablespoons of heavy whipping cream directly on top of the ice.
- Shake all the ingredients together for roughly 20 seconds or until the drink gets entirely cold from the ice.
- Ready 4 shot glasses and evenly distribute your shaken drink into the glasses, leaving the ice in the shaker.
- Quickly grab the whipped cream from the fridge and dollop a tablespoon of the cream on top of each shot.
- Finish the whole show with a candied cherry garnish.
- Serve immediately.
Notes & Tips
- A scooby snack shot is not typically made with banana liquor. I have used it in this recipe as I find that it ties in nicely with the other tropical flavours of the drink. Still, if you are not a banana fan, simply leave the liqueur out.
- Heavy cream is what really makes a scooby snack shot so creamy and delicious. However, the cream will start to separate from the booze after 5 or so minutes. Work quickly when garnishing and serving the shots so that you can enjoy the taste and texture as it is meant to be.
- I like to make my own whipped cream from fresh when garnishing any drink or dish. I find that the freshness makes all the difference to that finishing touch. That being said, you can use pre-made whipped cream or canned cream if you’d like to make the construction of the shot a little easier.
- The last thing you want to do when making whipped cream is over whip the cream and have the mixture start separating. Especially when you are using it as a topping for a shot, the separated parts of the cream will start dripping into the shot and ruin its texture. To prevent over whipped cream, stop the mixing as soon as stiff peaks have formed in the cream.
How To Make A Rainbow Of Scooby Snack Shots
Like I mentioned above, these scooby snack shots are a perfect hit with any adult crowd simply because of how nostalgic they are. The tangy, creamy, tropical sweetness mixed with the luminescent green colour of the drink itself makes for quite the show stopper at parties. So why not take the drink one step further?
As long as the main flavour of a scooby snack shot remains perfectly tropical, you can swap out the melon liqueur for a whole range of colourful alternatives. There will still be enough flavour left between the pineapple juice and coconut rum to keep the shot tasting as it should.
After the success of my original scooby snack shots, I replaced the melon liqueur with some blue curaçao I had left over from my AMF (Adios Mermaid Fans) recipe and let me tell you, I was left impressed. Blue curaçao is a naturally citrusy liquor which added to the flavour profile of the shot but the real advantage was the bright blue colour that the liquor turned the drink. It was the perfect blue to match Fred’s iconic trousers.
Or for those who were most enticed by Daphne as a kid, replace the melon liqueur with 1 ounce of grenadine and 1 ounce of blue curaçao for that vibrant purple colour. The mild citrus taste of the grenadine will match perfectly with the blue curaçao without overwhelming the rest of the shot.