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 fun to snack on in the summertime! I love making them for a bachelorette party or for snacking on by the pool.
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!
Soak drunken gummies anywhere from 12 to 24 hours — they will only 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.
You can toss all of your gummies-of-choice into one big bowl together.
Or, 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?)
Drunken gummy bears
I made a big batch of Drunken Gummy Bears 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 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…)
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 on the orange bears
The point of a treat like this is it’s supposed to be fun! So experiment and see what you like.
Get 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
- 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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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g