Boozy, fruity and sweet, Drunken Gummy Bears are the solution to summertime snacks by the pool. Make a big batch and share with friends! Customize them with your favorite gummies and your favorite alcohol.
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Oh yes, you read that right. Drunken Gummy Bears are a real thing.
If you’ve never had Drunken Gummy Bears, they are simply gummy bears soaked in your favorite alcohol.
The gummy bears soak up the alcohol and become similar to, but even more fun to eat than, jell-o shots.
They’re boozy and fruity, and so delightful to snack on in the summertime! I love making them for a bachelorette party or for snacking on by the pool.
September 2021 Update: You guys REALLY love these drunken gummy bears! I have gotten some amazing tips from commenters who have tried making these — and making them their OWN — so I added some of their tips to the post below.
How to make drunken gummy bears
Never had Drunken Gummy Bears? You must try them. And they’re super simple to make. HOW simple?
Step 1: Buy gummy candy.
Step 2: Add your choice of alcohol.
Step 3: Wait patiently (12 to 24 hours).
Step 4: Eat!
Seriously, that’s it. It really couldn’t be more simple.
And because Drunken Gummy Bears are so easy to make and customize, you can make as big or small of a batch as you want.
Make them for a big party or just for a weekend movie marathon with your girlfriends.
You don’t have to limit drunken gummies to just bears, though. You can have drunken gummy worms or dinosaurs or whatever. Any gummy candy will work!
My favorite are the Haribo gummy bears — they always remind me of studying abroad in Europe.
I’ve even seen seasonal shapes and colors, such as Christmas tree gummies or red, white and blue gummies, that would be perfect for holiday parties!
How long to soak gummies in alcohol
There is a magic time frame here, but it all comes down to personal preference.
My original recipe says to soak your drunken gummies anywhere from 12 to 24 hours.
They grow in size and soften a bit more the longer you soak them. I prefer mine on the 12-hour side, so that they’re still a bit chewy.
As some of the commenters mention below, you can soak them for longer, up to 26 or even 48 hours. A couple folks even suggested a week!
However long you choose — make sure you stir them and check on them often because they will begin to coagulate and become a solid, slimy mass. Ask me how I know.
You may leave them at room temperature, but placing them in the cold fridge helps them keep their shape and dissolve more slowly.
Another commenter, Maz, says:
“Just barely cover the candy with the desired booze, and let soak in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, and keep topping off as they absorb the alcohol. They will grow considerably in the process, and the initial few rounds of topping off will be fast, but the process will slow as it goes. However, don’t just dump a bunch and drown them at the beginning, as that will dissolve too much of the gummies — go slow and maintain a saturated sugar/alcohol solution around them instead.
After about a week, drain the liquid (and save it — it is really good in mixed drinks!), put the candies in a colander and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Then roll them on paper towels to slightly dry the surface. It’s optional to toss them with a little corn starch if desired. Note that the rinse and dry step gets rid of the slimy factor thing.”
The slow dilution trick and the corn starch trick both sound really promising, though I have not tried them myself! Next time.
When your gummies have reached your desired booziness, you can toss all of your gummies-of-choice into one big bowl together.
I store mine in glass containers with lids while they soak. I prefer glass to plastic for the long infusion time. If you need to place them in bags, do so when you are ready to serve.
Drunken gummy bears
I made a big batch of Drunken Gummy Bears for my good friend’s bachelorette getaway.
I chose to soak mine in rum (bride’s favorite), but you can go for any liquor you like best.
Vodka works just as well, as do whiskey and tequila.
The alcohol gummies get bloated and puffy when they soak up the alcohol — all the better for a boozy treat.
They can get sticky, so serve them with a spoon or toothpicks!
(Although I find spoons to be a bit safer than toothpicks when alcohol is involved…)
If you’re a weirdo like me who likes to eat colored candies in a certain order, you can separate them out before soaking them. (Tell me I’m not the only one?)
You could even try different flavors of liquor in your Drunken Gummy Bears! A few ideas:
- Sour apple vodka on the green gummy bears
- Raspberry rum on the red bears
- Limoncello on the yellow bears
- Pineapple rum or coconut rum on the white bears
- Orange vodka or triple sec on the orange bears
You really can be so creative with these combinations.
The point of a treat like this is it’s supposed to be fun! So experiment and see what you like.
You can really creative with gummy shapes, colors and alcohol flavors to match a specific event, or just make rum gummy bears for a poolside snack.
Either way, you really can’t go wrong.
Happy weekend! // susannah
Drunken Gummy Bears
- 2 cups gummy candy
- 2 cups rum vodka or other liquor
- Fill an airtight, glass container with the gummy candy. Top with enough liquor to cover the candies.
- Cover and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours. Drain any excess alcohol, and serve with spoons or toothpicks.
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