Introduction: Drunken Gummies (Vodka-Infused Gummi Bears)

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This Instructable will teach you how to create the most delicious alcoholic treat that will make you the life of any party. (My first instructable!)

WARNING: Contains alcohol, so please only make this if you are of legal age in your area.


Step 1: Prepare Materials and Get Them Soakin'!

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This Instructable takes a bit more than a week to complete, but the end result is certainly worth it!

You will need:

- 1 1/2 cups of vodka (can use more or less if desired)
- 1 tub of gummi bear candies, plastic with lid (about 1kg. Tub found at Wal-mart)
- 1 can of frozen juice concentrate, any flavour desired (I used fruit punch.)

You can keep the juice frozen for now, as you will not need it for a few days.

- First step is to open the lid of your gummi bears and pour in the vodka. The amount and brand is at your discretion, though I have found 1.5 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.

- Give your newly introduced gummi-bears and vodka a stir, and replace the lid. Place the whole tub into the fridge.

- Let this sit for five days, stirring a couple of times each day.

Step 2: I've Created a Monster!.... I've Created 500 Monsters!

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After five days, much of your vodka will have been soaked into the bears and they may have gone through a significant growth spurt, as shown in the photo. Now is the time for the juice to be added.

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.

Step 3: Wait for It....

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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.

Step 4: Finally, Our Lovely Mutants!

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Your gummi bears are finally finished!
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!



kkoshar (author)2017-07-23

Here's a variant for y'all to try... Jack & coke bottle gummies. Yum!

Tessie3 (author)2016-04-11

I have me these as well I like to use Gummy Savers they come in 4-5 Different Variety Packs & I use Regular Smirnoff Vodka but, before I begin to infuse my Gummies... I infuse my vodka by doing this you skip the step of adding juice + this hides the taste & the heat that the Vodka alone releases into the Gummies. So I pour a cup 1.5 of my Vodka into a Mason-Jar & I add 10 watermelon + 5 blue raspberry Jolly Ranchers to my Vodka & allow 5-7 hrs to go by shaking every so often & mind you..."I keep everything at room temperature" DURING THE ENTIRE PROCESS- but come the 7th hr if theirs a few small pieces of Jolly Rancher left on the bottom that's fine; (now at this point I DO taste the Vodka to be sure that it Tastes the Way that I want it Too) If your Vodka is GOOD you can now add your favorite Gummy's rite into the Mason-Jar Filling Up your Jar until your Gummy's are just covered; then cover up your Mason-Jar giving it one last shake but I'd say that every other time that you walk past them Gently flip the Mason-Jar over **Again Remember/ to keep your Gummy's at Room Temperature** But you don't have to & you can refrigerate them like many of the recipes call for BUT, Now really Quick & easy... If you enjoy those Gummy's & You enjoy RUM get a Good RUM I'd suggest "Gossling's Dark Rum" or Your Favorite "Jamican Rum" & use a Mason-Jar toss in about A Bag & A Half of Gummy COKE BOTTLE'S then pour your Rum Slightly over your Gummy Coke Bottles/& you can add some LIME JUICE if Desired/again Gently flip Mason-Jar over every other time you walk past the Container/wait 2-3 Days & Enjoy ???

Toxikola (author)2016-03-26

If youve ever been to a candy store(like Sweet Factory) and you see filled strawberry gimmies(or filled whakes/turtles, shark gummies, gimmy rings even) they work GREAT. I took a bag of them home after doing vodka gummy bears and used strawberry smirnoff with the strawberry ginnies and it was AMAZING! I only soak for 3 days though, dont need juice unless you absolutely hate the taste of vodka.
There are also some easyer gummy eggs made by Albanese and theyre great too.

SusanM53 (author)2015-09-20

so how do you serve them after you make them?? Toothpicks Small cups?

egladwell (author)2015-07-22

How long do they last, I am thinking of doing some for Christmas as gifts but I wasn't sure if the fruit juice in them makes them go off or if the vodka preserves them?

meganlera (author)2015-05-11

Weird question: Can I take this with me while traveling if left in my checked luggage?

eelindsay (author)2014-10-23

Couldnt you technically save time, if both juice and alcohol is absorbed by the gummies, by mixing the two together? I mean, its no different than using flavour infused alcohol...

sidisyeah (author)2014-06-04

can someone tell me in lts the amount of vodka needed bottles here are 750 ml the smallest i live in mexico

Erika86 (author)sidisyeah2014-06-11

1.5C is about 355ml

sidisyeah (author)2014-06-05

If you put two solutions of water in contact with each other, water will tend to move from the solution with fewer molecules dissolved in it to the solution with more molecules in it. This is known as 'osmosis'. The force that pushes the water is called 'osmotic pressure'. With the gummi bear, if you put the gummi bear in a solution with very few molecules dissolved in it (like distilled water), the water will move into the gummi bear causing it to expand. If you put the gummi bear into a solution of water with many molecules of solute dissolved in it (more solute molecules than are in the gummi bear), then water will leave the gummi bear and move into the water. When water moves into the gummi bear, you can see the bear expand. However, since the gummi bear doesn't shrink much when water leaves it, it appears the gummi bear stays the same.

So the last question to answer is if salt water has more solute molecules in it than the gummi bear (you know by your experiment that it does, but we can prove it with some math too). You can dissolve roughly 400g of salt (NaCl) in 1kg water at room temperature. That's roughly 2/3 of a mole of salt molecules, (google "mole unit" to learn more about what a mole is in chemistry). Because a single molecule of gelatin weighs 10,000 times more than one of table salt, if you had the same mass of gummi bears as the salt solution (1 kg + 0.4 kg), or 1.4kg total, you would have only 1/25th of a mole. So the salt solution has around 10-20 times the number of molecules as the gummi bear. Because there are more solute molecules in the salt water, the water moves out of the gummi bear, and hence the gummi bear does not expand.

Hope this helps,


so the conclusion is to buy gummy satured gummy bears

tbosh (author)2013-06-11

Can you freeze the gummies and will they thaw ok? Has anyone experimented to see how long they take to thaw at room temperature?

cwood2275 (author)2013-02-18

I just started soaking the gummies 12 hours ago (using Tequila instead of vodka) and I went to stir them this morning and they're a gelatinous glob );
The only 'survivors' are the green ones. Not tossing them yet; surely I can find a way to re-form the glob into bite size morsels....

sodiumcanine (author)2012-08-02

Cool, I am going to make Rummy-Bears. Mai Tai or Pina Colada
Pacific or Caribbean, Decisions,decisions,decisions.

And more Decisions, Hana Bay or Whalers, Bacardi or Cruzan.......

grandmared50310 (author)2012-06-30

Can you use ever-clear or Moon shine in this or does the Alcohol have to be a certain proof. They are great with the vodka, I also added some fruit punch to my to cut the taste. You don't need many of these to get really wasted. Our girls night in turned in to a sleep over because we all have about 5 to many. after the 1st 5. I didn't want anyone driving so they all called their husbands and decided to just stay and have breakfast the next morning. we had a great breakfast with about 20 people. Wives, husbands and all the kids. It was great.

We are going to try it this time with moonshine. Another sleep over (this time planned) then breakfast in the morning with the families.

lkozma (author)2012-06-24

I've made these before using the recipe and they turned out to be so delicious :D I will have to make these again for sure :)

nathb1028 (author)2012-06-12

If any of you have a instant marination machine-- these gummies take 3 hours in the fridge under vacuum. I've done it before with my instant marinatior. This works great right before the party. I suppose you could achieve the same effect with Tupperware and a vacuum, just need the proper seal. mind you it would cut the planning down by 8 days.

MauriceN (author)2010-05-28

 People!  Does anyone try these recipes?  THIS IS A JOKE!  Someone is trying to get you to waste perfectly good gummy bears.  Think about it... add alcohol to something that is made to dissolve in your mouth/stomach and what happens?  THEY DISSOLVE!

Just to prove it, I tried about a 1/4 cup of vodka with about 20 gummies.  Within 24 hours, I had a purple sticky ooze.  Photo attached!

THIS iS A JOKE, PEOPLE!  Don't believe everything you read.

Too funny!

Jimi27 (author)MauriceN2012-06-12

Obviously, people HAVE tried this and it has worked. Sorry you have failed in your endeavor.

sillyzombie666 (author)MauriceN2012-05-07

you may have used too high of a proof, too much vodka or the wrong type of gummies, you look like you used gumi worms and may just be too much / too big of a gummi. im trying this now and i keep taste testing em lol. also kep em in the fridge, also gumies dont dissolve in your mouth you usually need to chew them alot

mine came out perfect u put way to much vodka in it (they are drowning)

ncmorone (author)MauriceN2010-10-12

Well I did it and it WORKED! It's not a joke :)

Scurvymcdiggle (author)MauriceN2010-09-10

vodka is a solvent...this is exactly how you make infused vodka.

Kroenen_03 (author)MauriceN2010-09-09

mmm... is a shame... did you put in the fridge?, maybe frozen it, so this way dont losse his shape at all... i will try it, in a minor scale...

rolandofgilead (author)MauriceN2010-06-07

I've done it quite a few times Maurice. Are you sure you followed the directions right? From the pic, it looks like you might have way too much liquid.

yerjoking (author)MauriceN2010-06-04

Scroll down. Someone commented talking about refrigeration, without it you end up with a gelatinous goo.

hellmaster993 (author)2012-06-12

good work and nice gummy bears

JoshuaSmock (author)2012-06-12

I've had these before, and I can personally attest to their potency. They'll creep up on you and knock you on your arse.

LucDaRocka1 (author)2012-06-12

they used this method to sneak achohol into the school dance...

Dusk Shadows (author)2012-06-12

mm vodka

MonkeyAliens (author)2012-05-25

Hi, I'm making these soon, but I would like to know if any of you know how much time it can stay out of the fridge after they are done because I hear if you leave them out too long they sort of become a watery mess.

Kiteman (author)2011-12-04

A project very like this has just been published on Gizmodo, but they haven't credited any source.

PocketsWilson (author)Kiteman2012-02-09

Except that this was posted nearly 3 years before your Gizmodo article.

Kiteman (author)PocketsWilson2012-02-09

That was my point - Gizmodo pinched it from this author, without crediting the source.

colorex (author)Kiteman2011-12-05

That's pretty evil.

-1 for Gizmodo.

polar2292 (author)2012-01-13

To people wondering about the chemistry or if the vodka is essentially functioning as a solvent in this delicious chemical reaction... Not really, its not really about the Chemicals... but more about the amounts that make it a solute v solvent. Basically if you have a higher volume of vodka to gummy ratio, yes, you're correct. But from what I'm reading about the recipe (I haven't made it yet but I dearly wish to try it) you are adding the vodka to about a 1:5 to 1:10 ratio per gummy. In my mind, that makes the amount of gummy substantially higher than the amount of ethanol in the mixture. Remember that vodka (even the highest proof stuff you'd buy) is at most 75% ethanol. I believe that most of the vodkas you find are around 40% (80 proof) which dilutes the volume of EtOH even further... Hmmm, I wonder if I say its for learning chemistry, I can bring these in to work....

mjansie (author)2011-06-06

any replacements for the juice/water stuff?
Like regular juice or something. I don't think I have ever seen the concertrated stuff in stores here

cardinalsfan (author)mjansie2011-06-08

you havent seen frozen juice concentrate? check the freezer aisle

mjansie (author)cardinalsfan2011-07-28

Nope, I even checked the American import store, but I can not find it :(

I want drunken gummy bears too!

maraki (author)mjansie2011-12-26

i know it's been months since your comment, but living in Munich I had the same problem and to tell the truth I didn't even bother looking.. I just took regular juice, but made sure it was plain juice, no sugar added or anything. Worked out perfectly!

tazia1 (author)mjansie2011-09-25

Hey mjansie - I didn't have any frozen juice concentrate on hand, so I just added liqueur - raspberry flavor, cherry flavor, vanilla flavor - a mix of whatever I had on hand. No nonalcoholic liquid went into my gummy bears at all and they still came out great!

ldesabato (author)mjansie2011-10-27

They are in the freezer section. Usually on the bottom shelf. They are easy to miss since most people never buy them :)

tmcelmurry (author)mjansie2011-10-08

You can use koolaid. I envelope of koolaid. 1 cup of sugar. 1 quart of water. Hope it helps :)

jenschmidt08 (author)mjansie2011-09-23

Frozen juice concentrate is simply 100% juice that has been boiled so the vast majority of water is gone. You are basically left with a sticky syrup. I'm not sure how long you'd have to boil it for the vast majority of water to be gone. It's a 3:1 ratio here (3 cups of water for every 1 cup of concentrate).

Hope that helps! :)

maraki (author)2011-12-26

How long do you think I can keep them in the fridge?? I got them in the jar and they still look, taste and smell like on day one, but its been almost 3 weeks and I'm getting a little bit worried when I get an impulse to eat more of them at once..

For the ones that can't find any juice concentrate, you can just take some simple juice. I used blackberry or something like it.. Just made sure it was plain juice without added sugar etc. And they turn out great!! (All red, colored from the juice, but still great!)

Crazymom2three (author)2011-12-22

No reason to wait a week!!!! I always do a 24 hour wait. Cover bowl in plastic wrap. Refrigerated and unrefrigerated both turned out the same. Never been a slimy messy goo and once they swell they are good to go.

Mama Casey (author)2011-12-19

I have read the first 40 comments and been completely entertained by them. Curious as to how many posted their comments after indulging! God bless parents who work hard to protect their children! Really!!! A friend told me about hearing this on the radio. I decided to try it, without even having the recipe. Thankfully, I discovered this one before it was too late and my husband and I improvised. It's too close to Christmas to have them ready, but we're looking forward to New Years! LOVED all the comments I read.

PDXPirate (author)2011-12-15

For those outside the states that are having trouble finding juice concentrate: Tropicana apparently distributes in Germany. If you contact them through their website, they can direct you to a nearby distributor. --but another solution is JuicyJuice brand concentrate, which comes in a can like a soda can, isn't frozen, and can be stored on a shelf. available through Amazon--Yay!

Cammer (author)2010-03-28

I figured out a shortcut if you don't want to wait.

  1. Just take the gummi bears out of the package, a good handful will do, then pour a shot of vodka, probably cherry flavor would be good to try. 
  2. Shove the handful of gummi bears in your mouth.
  3. Slam a shot of vodka.
  4. Chew vigorously and swallow.
  5. Repeat until you've had enough.

This procedure eliminates the days and days of waiting.  Instant results!  :)

shogan6 (author)Cammer2011-12-09

Lol this totally made my day!

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