I am so excited to share this recipe! I found this not long ago, but since the hubs has been deployed, I decided that me sitting around with two pounds of sloshed gummy bears was probably a recipe for disaster. Now that he is home, we can finally tear into these babies!
I stumbled across this amazing recipe while googling for random recipe ideas. I was definitely intrigued to say the least. I started this a few days before the hubs was due back since this takes a little over a week to get ready. I broke out the raspberry vodka and added the 1 1/2 cups as directed by the recipe and a few days later added the juice (I used fruit punch). Once the hubs was home and found out what I was making, he added an entire extra half-bottle of vodka!! And those little buggers absorbed even more! Before the extra vodka, the bears (I tasted a few...) weren't too potent. I'm the type of girl who doesn't like to sip on drinks because the smell/taste gets to me, so when I want to drink, I chug the stuff. The fact that these didn't make me gag definitely made me happy. And now that the bears, thanks to my hubby, is extra drunk, its definitely more potent, but not to the point where eating one is like taking a shot. These bears were so much fun to make and to stir...now we just are waiting on a night were we can get drunk off of bears!! Word of caution - if you have kids at home, please stress to them to NOT eat the bears! They are so yummy looking sitting in the fridge in their little bath that it might make your little ones get curious! Thing Two almost got a hold of these...I'd hate to have Child Protective Services pounding down my door over silly gummy bears!
Absolut-ly Drunken Gummies
1 1/2 cups vodka (or enough to cover gummies)
2 pounds gummy candy
1 can frozen juice concentrate
1. Open the lid of your gummi bears and pour in the vodka. The amount and brand is at your discretion, though I have found 1 1/2 cups of Smirnoff vodka to be the best. I have tried this with raspberry vodka as well, with pleasurable results. Basically, pour the vodka into the packed bears until the alcohol barely peeks over the top.
2. Give your newly introduced gummi-bears and vodka a stir, and replace the lid. Place the whole tub into the fridge.
3. Let this sit for five days, stirring a couple of times each day. After five days, much of your vodka will have been soaked into the bears and they may have gone through a significant growth spurt. Now is the time for the juice to be added.
4. The purpose of the juice is to mask the strong vodka taste that exists in these candies.
- Place a thawed can of frozen juice into a mixing container, and add only HALF of the required water.
- Pour one cup of partially diluted juice into the tub of bears, stirring very well.
- Replace the lid and place back in the refrigerator.
5. Let the bears sit in their juice and whatever vodka is left, for FOUR more days. This is essential because otherwise they will have a hard middle or will taste too much like vodka. Resist the urge to taste test! Stir twice a day to prevent sticking.
If there is a lot of excess juice/vodka resting in the bottom, you may drain it or leave it in to be further absorbed by the bears as they rest.
Remember to return to the fridge if they are not all eaten -- which rarely happens!
Be ready for the rush and eat these carefully as they can be pretty potent!