Oh yes, you read that right. Drunken gummy bears are a real thing. Never had them? You must try them. And they’re super simple to make.
Step 1: Buy gummy candy.
Step 2: Add vodka or rum.
Step 3: Wait patiently (12 to 24 hours).
Step 4: Eat!
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. Soak them anywhere from 12 to 24 hours — they will only grow in size. I prefer mine on the 12 hour side, so they’re still a bit chewy.
I made a big batch for my good friend’s bachelorette getaway this weekend. I chose to soak mine in rum (bride’s favorite), but you can go for any liquor. Vodka works just as well, as do whiskey and tequila. The gummies get bloated and puffy when they soak up the alcohol — all the better for a boozy treat. They can get sticky, so serve with a spoon!
Oh, and you can toss them all into one big bowl together, or if you’re a weirdo like me who likes to eat colored candies in a certain order, then you can separate them. You could even try different flavors of liquor in your Drunken Gummy Bears. Sour apple vodka on the green ones, raspberry rum on the red ones, limoncello on the yellow ones… you get the picture. The point of a treat like this is it’s supposed to be fun! So experiment and see what you like. Happy weekend! // susannah
A colorful and sweet boozy treat
- gummy candy
- 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.