Vodka gummy bears are a fun, chewy candy treat just for adults. These are fairly simple to make, but they do require a little soaking time, so it’s best to plan ahead by a day or two.
What are vodka gummy bears?
Vodka gummy bears are a bright colored, fruity and chewy treat. They are made pretty much by just pouring some vodka over gummy bears and letting the gummies soak up the alcohol.
These are a fun spiked candy treat to try especially if you like other alcohol confections like jello shots. For other candy flavored drinks check out the watermelon jolly rancher drink, the Mexican Candy shot or the Starfucker shot.
How long should I soak gummy bears in vodka?
You want to give the gummy bears plenty of time to soak up enough vodka. This can take anywhere from a day to a few days.
If you keep your gummy bears at room temperature, they tend to stay softer and therefore more readily soak up the vodka. This results in less overall soaking time.
If you keep the gummy bears in the fridge, they will be cold and therefore harder. This makes it take longer for the vodka to be absorbed.
Can I put vodka gummy bears in the freezer?
Yes, you absolutely can put vodka gummy bears in the freezer. I don’t recommend putting them in the freezer while soaking because this will make the soaking time take a lot longer.
However, putting them in the freezer after they have been soaked can help keep them if you want to save some for later. It can also help once they have been thoroughly soaked to dry out some of the liquid so that they’re a little less messy to eat.
What alcohol is best for gummy bears?
While vodka tends to be the most popular option for soaking in gummy bears, you can certainly use other alcohols as well such as tequila or rum.
What other candies can be infused with alcohol?
Several other candies can be infused with vodka. Just to name a few you have skittles, starburst, warheads, and gummy worms.
How to make this drink:
These infused gummy bears are fairly easy to make. You only need two ingredients and a container. The hardest part about making these infused candies is waiting for them to be ready.
- Tupperware or other container
- Toothpicks (Optional)
- Gummy Bears
Grab your pyrex or other container. We like to use a flat and long or wide container. It doesn’t need to be super tall.
Open up your package of gummy bears and pour them into your container. Try to keep them with just one layer on the bottom of the container. If you have a taller container and have to have them layered, it is OK, however, may take longer for them to soak up the vodka.
Next, pour your vodka into the container. You want enough vodka that it covers the gummy bears fully plus a little more. You dont need a huge amount of vodka over the gummy bears though. Just as long as they are fully submersed with a smidge additional over them.
Don’t worry about using super fancy vodka for this, or flavored vodka. Plain vodka is perfectly fine as the end goal will be that you taste the gummy bears.
There are a few ways you can soak them. Here is what we like to do for maximum absorption, plus the least amount of time.
Cover your container and leave it on your counter for around 24 – 36 hours. You’ll pretty immediately (within a few hours), start to see the gummy bears swell up as they absorb the vodka. Leaving them at room temperature allows them to stay warmer and more easily absorb the vodka.
After 24 – 36 hours, you can check your container. You should see your vodka has turned almost into a sticky, cloudy syrup and that the majority of it has been sucked up by the gummy bears. The gummy bears will be very obviously larger and saturated with the liquid they have sucked up.
This is optional, but makes the flavor much better, and makes them cleaner to eat.
Take the gummy bears out of the container with a spoon and place them into a filter/strainer. You don’t have to get all the syrup off of them, but this will get some of it off so they aren’t quite as wet and messy.
We usually like to pour any of the remaining vodka syrup out as it’s just super sticky and sweet, but I suppose you could use it in a drink.
Put your gummy bears in a single layer, either back in the container or on a cookie sheet or another container. Pop them in the freezer or fridge overnight.
Putting them in the cold will help them become less wet, it also helps to solidify them a little and they tend to have a much better, fruity taste after this step.
They’re now ready to serve. Do be cautious, as they are easy to just pop in your mouth and eat – they still are saturated with vodka, so be aware.
If you don’t eat them all at once, you can keep them in the fridge for later. Or, in the freezer for longer term storage.
Vodka Gummy Bears
- Tupperware/Pyrex/Other Container
- Filter/Strainer (optional)
- spoon (optional)
- 1 pkg Gummy Bears
- Lay your gummy bears in a single layer in your container.
- Pour vodka over the gummy bears until they are completely covered.
- Put a lid on the container and set on the counter for 24 – 36 hours.
- Remove the lid, take the the gummy bears out of the container and place in a strainer to get rid of excess vodka syrup.
- Place gummy bears back in empty container (or new container) in a single layer.
- Sit in fridge or freezer overnight.