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.

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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.
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LanceG21 month ago

lololol wtf is this?

eelindsay5 months ago
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...
sidisyeah9 months ago

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

Erika86 sidisyeah9 months ago

1.5C is about 355ml

sidisyeah9 months ago

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

mjansie3 years ago
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
Frozen juice concentrate is in just about any grocery store you walk into. Are you sure you know what you are looking for cuz I find it hard to believe that you can't find it. it's in the frozen juice section LOL In a can that you dump into a pitcher and and add water to. MinuteMaid is usually the main brand, or there is usually a store brand.
Well, you come to a Dutch or German supermarket and please point it out to me, since I am obviously to dumb to look for a can that should probably be next to the frozen fruits...
Seriously, we do not even have a frozen juice section
ehfo mjansie1 year ago

and two years later....I second that mjansie. In Norway we dont have this can juice stuff either...I checked frozen section..yeah, nothing but frozen reindeer meat and veg, no frozen juice is existing here lol.

you havent seen frozen juice concentrate? check the freezer aisle
Nope, I even checked the American import store, but I can not find it :(

I want drunken gummy bears too!
maraki mjansie3 years ago
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!
hope you found it by now, sorry they were so rude to you. not that it is a good reason but they were to silly to thinnk that you could be living anyplace other than America. Most Americans have never left and have no ides that they can not just go buy the same types of food anyplace in the world.

If it helps you can use any type of pre made Juice such as Apple.
the frozen juice concentrate is with the freakin Bacardi mixers in the frozen section. where in the heck are you from?
tazia1 mjansie3 years ago
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!
FREEZER section!!!!! mine is around the cool whip and frozen fruit look around there
They are in the freezer section. Usually on the bottom shelf. They are easy to miss since most people never buy them :)
You can use koolaid. I envelope of koolaid. 1 cup of sugar. 1 quart of water. Hope it helps :)
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! :)
tbosh1 year ago
Can you freeze the gummies and will they thaw ok? Has anyone experimented to see how long they take to thaw at room temperature?
cwood22752 years ago
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....

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.......
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.
LewxX2 years ago
at least they make lovely sound while stirring:
(after 4 days)
lkozma2 years ago
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 :)
nathb10282 years ago
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.
Yes this does work although I would not make these since there's a lot of controversy attached to this. Plus I hate any alcohol. I associate all things negative with alcohol and or drugs which both bring pain in the family and other in my opinion.
MauriceN4 years ago
 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!
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Jimi27 MauriceN2 years ago
Obviously, people HAVE tried this and it has worked. Sorry you have failed in your endeavor.
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)
This is real as the police are warning parents and schools about this.
Well I did it and it WORKED! It's not a joke :)
Sweet. Another Project 86 fan on the boards. hehe.
vodka is a solvent...this is exactly how you make infused vodka.
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...
drink it then
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.
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