So I’ve been really busy lately. You know how sometimes life just piles up on you? And then its been almost two weeks since your last blog post and you start feeling super guilty? Yep, that’s me right now! I am so determined to make time for this blog, as I’m enjoying writing it so much, but sometimes time just slips away! I also have difficulty figuring out what recipes to try when I’m a little more time poor, and as a result tend to go back to basic recipes in my arsenal, which was sort of why I started this blog in the first place!
Anyway, for a party I had a couple of weeks ago, I decided to try a recipe that I had pinned a long time ago, but never tried! And I realised that I hadn’t blogged about it, so I feel like it presents a perfect opportunity. I feel like there were enough people at the party interested in how I made this recipe that it might be useful to the entire internet, and worthy of a blog post.
Enter Vodka Gummy Bears. Those party treats that you don’t often get, and seem like they would be more difficult than they actually are. I’m not much of a vodka drinker myself (I had a few too many experiences with it when I was 18, and as a result let’s just say I can’t smell it without gagging), but I figured that gummy bears have the potential to make anything taste better. And what is more fun for a party then cute little bears filled to the brim with alcohol?
These were surprisingly easy to make, but you do need to make them ahead of time to ensure there is enough time for the vodka to seep into the gummy bears. I’m not sure of the science, but allegedly gummy bears will soak up whatever liquid you put them in. I didn’t test this fully, but I feel like this means however strong you want them, they will take it. Mine were really strong, maybe a little too strong for some, but they were delicious!
Vodka Gummy Bears
Adapted from Mix That Drink
Serves: However many gummy bears are in the packet. I did one packet for a party of 20, and that was enough for everyone to have multiple
Preparation Time: 2 minutes, if that
Cooking Time: No cooking involved, but you need 3 days for them to sit
- One Packet of Gummy Bears – I used Haribo ones because they are delicious. I read somewhere that sugar free gummy bears work really well too
- Vodka – You won’t need too much, about a third of the bottle.
- One glass jar – do not use plastic as apparently the vodka messes with it, and the result is not very nice.
- Open the gummy bears and pour into the glass jar. Like so:
- Get your vodka and pour over the top of the gummy bears until the bears are entirely covered.
- Cover the gummy bears with a lid and place in the fridge for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, get the gummy bears out and stir them to ensure that they don’t get too stuck together. I found after 24 hours they were turning into a gelatinous pool of vodka and sugar, so it is best to move them around to ensure they keep their bear shape. Place back in the fridge for another 24 hours or so.
- Keep getting them out every now and then, and stirring them. You will notice each time you do the liquid disappears and the gummy bears become bigger as they soak it up.
- After about 3 days, get the gummy bears out of the fridge, and pour into a bowl to serve. I found this to be the easiest way to serve them, as they are quite wet despite soaking up the alcohol.
- In between serving, place in the fridge every now and then to ensure they don’t melt. I found mine needed about 15 minutes in the fridge here and there to avoid melting, as they were quite wet. Once I did this they firmed up nicely.
And there you have it, simple steps to a delicious alcoholic treat. They looked great in the end – they did keep their bear shape really well, and they maintained the different flavours, despite having a strong vodka kick. One of my friends, who has never had a drink, almost ate one because they looked so good. I managed to catch him and inform him of the alcohol content before he ate one, phew! But hopefully you can have the same amount of success if you try to make these, they are easier than they appear, I promise!
I also promise that next post will be something more substantial! Maybe a little sweet treat to get me through the working week, who knows?
Until next time