Introduction: Gummi Shot Glasses

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It's always the same. . .you get drunk, you get hungry. Wouldn't it be great to have a shot glass you could snarf down as soon as it was empty?

Gummi shot glasses are shown here, but the same idea could be applied to chocolate with or without various jams as filling, or other candies (gummi-types are recommended). You can also use this mold/tray to make awesome chocolate cake shots.

Note: If you're underage and feel like getting drunk, don't - if you do, don't blame me.
Also Note: The mold used here is from - it's intended for making ice shot glasses which are awesome, but not as tasty as gummies.
And one more note: If your finished shot glasses are a little on the sticky side, try a (very) light dusting of corn starch, and make sure to keep them cool if you can. Both will help cut down on the stick-factor.

Step 1: You'll Need. . .

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  • 16 ounces gummi worms (or bears)

Step 2: Gummi Shots!

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  1. Heat your gummies in a microwave safe dish for about 1 minute and 20 seconds or until liquified (if you don't want brown-ish shot glasses, make sure to separate the red and orange from the green and yellow worms as shown here)
  2. Pour or spoon into the mold and tap on the counter to level it (make sure to fill to the top, otherwise your shots won't have solid bases and will leak)
  3. Pop into the freezer for about an hour and a half, or until the gummi has set

Step 3: Finishing Up

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  1. To remove the gummi shots from the mold, you'll need to basically invert the silicone of each section (as shown). Don't worry about tugging or pulling too hard, it's pretty hard to rip the gummi, but it can get a little distorted
  2. Store in a small container in the freezer until you want to use them (this will help them to not get damaged, and to stay solid)
  3. Fill with liquor of your choice (Jello-shot-filled-gummi-shots? Sounds like a good plan. . .)
  4. Toast and enjoy!


nightzero88 (author)2013-10-24

Well I've done several more attempts and here are my issues.

1. Glasses are very sticky
2. Glasses melt extremely quickly and turn into a mess/fall apart

I'm not quite sure what I'm doing wrong since you don't seem to have these issues.

My process: Cover mold with confectioners sugar. Melt the gummy bears for about 45 seconds in the microwave. Pour into mold. Freeze for about 2 hours. Remove glasses. I was really looking forward to making these for a few Thanksgiving parties but it's just not working.

JonB198 (author)nightzero882017-02-15

I've been proofing melted gummies for a while, always at room temperature and for at minimum 12 hours. Try that it should probably work better

JonB198 (author)JonB1982017-02-15

If that doesn't work you might have some low gelatin gummies, try adding a bit of grocery store gelatin mix in to strengthen it up

I'm sorry to hear they're not working out well for you, but since I didn't experience these issues I'm not sure what to suggest. I don't think it should matter, but the difference seems to be that I used gummi worms rather than bears (though I have also made them with bears). Hope you're able to find a solution!

Yeah, I just can't understand it. :(

Even 5 minutes after taking them out of the freezer and putting them in the fridge they still melt. I did notice my freezer is set to the warmest setting so maybe they weren't getting cold enough.

I'm still planning on making them and I guess I'll just tell people to eat them quick.

shesparticular (author)2015-12-17

I'm sorry you've experienced these issues - I've made them several times and haven't encountered anything like this.

MarkB197 made it! (author)2015-12-17

The plate pictured did not have the confectioners sugar on it to begin with. Those suckers are glued on there good! Thawing out to try and get them off.
Do not place on any surface without protection. They will stick. Not as bad with the sugar or corn starch, but they will still stick.
Used gummi Bears for my attempt. 2 3lb bags to get enough for solid colors.
Molds did work well so no complaint there..
There is something missing from this recipe as the shot glasses do not hold shape at room temperature. Only while hard frozen.

MarkB197 (author)MarkB1972015-12-17

Update; the plate in question is now toast. It and what was left of the Gummi Shot Glasses are in the garbage. Total Fail.

nightzero88 (author)2013-10-21

How do you clean up your bowls after you're done? I would suspect melted gummy bears in a garbage disposal would be bad.

I just allowed the gummy to cool slightly, then peeled off and threw it in the trash.

Peeled what off sorry? I suppose I should have asked before trying as well. I used a mug and have a big pile of gummy there and I'm not sure what to do with it.

You should be able to peel it off of the mug. Any residue that's left should rinse off with warm water.

Ah, I see. Thanks.

Few more things since you're around. I made one, left it in the freezer for about an an hour and a half. I dusted the inside of the mold with corn starch but it was still hard to get the glass out without crushing it. Additionally the glass was not hard and easy to misshape and finally it was very sticky. What are your recommendations?

I'm afraid I didn't have too much trouble with sticking or mis-sharpen glasses, but you might try greasing the mold rather than dusting it with powdered sugar if it sticks very badly.

Did you make sure you put them in the freezer for 2 hours? I also used corn starch on the mold instead of sugar. What did you use?

I had success with powdered sugar, corn starch, and also with oil.

Hope that helps!

It does, thanks so much. Last question I think, did you put corn starch/sugar/oil just on the mold or did you put them around the glasses themselves once you were done?

I just put it on the mold, but dusting the glasses after unfolding can help cut down on stickiness.

I came up with one more thing to ask. I only have one of the molds currently (guess I need to invest in more!) but I have a 3 pound bag of gummy bears. Because they harden so quickly and because I can only make 4 at a time do you know roughly how many bears are needed to make 1 cup? It sounds like 16 oz makes 4 but that doesn't convert well into grams. Any thoughts? Thanks.

I'm afraid I'm really not sure - sorry!

soulgraber (author)2013-03-16

nice i love it thanks for posting :)

Air_Assassin (author)2011-08-29

Who's thinking about vat19?

brat44420 (author)Air_Assassin2012-08-14

I was...but at 12.99 for 6 glasses + S&H, I'd be broke!

On the other hand, by utiliizing your Instructable, my Fred mold & my gummies, I will create a vastly similar product at less than 1/4 of their cost!

Air_Assassin (author)brat444202012-10-01

O cool

brat44420 (author)2012-08-14

Has anyone made jello shot filled gummi shots? I ordered more molds from ebay and am going to start making a bunch of cups tonight for a luau this weekend..i was thinking of using pineapple flavored Life Saver gummies and making pina colada jello shots for one flavor, strawberry gummies and lemon drop jello shots, and apple gummies with buttershot jello shots for a twist on a Caramel Apple shot. I may even try making pudding shots in a gummy glass.

mzummallen (author)2011-09-27

Effen Vodka. If you don't like Effen Vodka, too Effen bad.

brat44420 (author)mzummallen2012-08-14



garnishrecipes (author)2012-07-09

Great idea :D I'll try these for Halloween this year, to hold the "worms and dirt" I make. (Also, for parents after trick-or-treating is long over)

Hope you enjoy them!

rick6213 (author)2012-04-24

Vodka Imported from Holland!

lcuccia (author)2011-09-29

I need to make 100 Gummy Bear shot glasses for this saturday, how many bags of gummy bears do i need. My mold makes up to 10 at a time. Please someone let me know soon. Thanks

shesparticular (author)lcuccia2011-09-29

I'm afraid I can't give a figure for your mold, since the one I have makes only 4 at a time and I don't know if yours is different, but each 4 glasses in my mold required 16 oz of gummi worms. So, for 100 glasses that would be 400 oz (in my mold).

11kg of gummi worms? Mind is absolutely blown.

Mine is as well, but for 100 glasses I suppose it doesn't seem so unreasonable.

OrIsIt (author)2011-06-05

What can i do to subsitite the mold? I was think of take diffrent plastic of paper cup and taping the for a mold? will this work? And will i melt from drinking tea with it

shesparticular (author)OrIsIt2011-06-05
I'm kind of a big fan of this mold since I've also been able to use it for baking, but if you don't have one or don't want to purchase one, I'd suggest one of the following:
  1. Filling a large container with corn starch and inverting a shot glass into it in several places (open side down). Then fill these spaces with the melted gummies.
  2. As you mentioned, placing a small plastic cup (lightly oiled) inside of a larger cup and taping the two together along the rim.
I'm not sure how tea would work since I haven't tried hot beverages. At least made with this mold though they're rather thick so I don't think it would be a huge problem.

Please let me know how it goes!
ppham (author)2011-05-21

hmm I tried making these recently. Finally got a batch that wasnt too sticky on finish but they seem to deform pretty quickly (5 minutes or so) if they're left in room temperature. Is this normal? would coating them in powdered sugar or corn starch make them more resistant to deforming in room temp? Or perhaps i should add corn starch to thicken it during the melting stage? any help would be appreciated.

shesparticular (author)ppham2011-05-21

I'm afraid I haven't had a problem with them changing shape at room temperature, and to be honest I'm not sure if adding corn starch to the gummi mixture would help or not. It could affect the taste some, and corn starch thickens when heated (to boiling is ideal). You might try just cooking the gummi mixture a couple of seconds past melting and see if that helps. Please let me know how it goes and good luck!

ppham (author)shesparticular2011-05-21

Hey, is it possible if you could list the brand and ingredients of the gummi bears on the packaging you used? The difference in ingredients between different brands of gummi bear may be why there are differences in results. I'll give the extra seconds of cooking a shot and see how it goes.
Thanks for all your help!

shesparticular (author)ppham2011-05-22

They were Walgreen's brand, but I've also used Black Forest brand gummi worms. Both list the following:

Ingredients - Corn Syrup, Sucrose, Gelatin, Citric Acid, Apple Juice Concentrate, Sodium Citrate, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Coconut Oil, Carnauba Wax, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1

Hope that helps!

mrsmonkey (author)2011-02-10

Ok so I tried this yesterday and unforunately it didn't come out like yours was pictured. Here's what I did. I split up the gummy bears by colors and while I was doing that I had boiled water using my double boiler because I don't have a microwave. As each color was melting I had dusted the mold lightly with corn starch to prevent from sticking to the mold. After I had placed all the melted gummy bears in the mold I had placed them in the freezer. I went back to the freezer about 2 hours later and tried to pull them out so I can make more and it would not pry off the mold for anything. By the time I got the gummy off the mold it no longer looked like a shot glass or held itself up. Any ideas as to what went wrong or what I can do to make it work? I need about 40 of them by Sunday night, so I really need to start them asap!! PLEASE HELP!
I was also thinking to maybe spray the mold with pam before pouring in the gummy bears, but idk... PLEASE HELP!!

shesparticular (author)mrsmonkey2011-02-10

I'm afraid I'm really not sure what the issue might have been since I haven't had this problem. I'd suggest trying some cooking spray on the mold and seeing if that helps. Also, did you melt the gummies fully (so that they were liquid, not just softened)?

Just as a note, I had to totally invert the mold (as pictured in the picture in step 3) in order to unmold them (they don't just slip out). If you pull on them as gently as possible with the mold inverted you should be able to get them unmolded without any major issues.

mrsmonkey (author)shesparticular2011-02-10

I melted them down completly to a point where it was a liquid ( although they get really gummy and sticky very quickly )
I inverted mine also, the outside of the shot glass was perfectly fine, the only issue I had was the inside of the mold itself ( like where the alcohol would go normally ).
I will try this again tonight with cooking spray. I really hope this works. I was soooo excited about this...
Also, any other ideas as far as what I can melt and put into the mold to use?

shesparticular (author)mrsmonkey2011-02-10

Also, just as a note, after inverting the mold, it works best if you push the center portion of the mold inwards instead of trying to pull the gummi off of it - hopefully that'll help!

shesparticular (author)mrsmonkey2011-02-10

Hopefully spraying the mold will help. As for other things to try, I'd suggest chocolate which makes for an awesome and yummy presentation, and should unmold much more easily.

craig3 (author)2010-08-29

I have a quick question, I just tried this using an ice tray made to look like guitars but when i take them out, they are quick sticky and shine, where as your shotglases look quite matt finish and not sticky. Did you cover it in something or is that just the way it came out?

shesparticular (author)craig32010-08-29

As noted in the previous comments, dusting them with corn starch or powdered sugar can help to cut down on the stickiness. Hope that helps!

the_kender (author)2010-08-20

but if you are doing it with cornstarch instead of a mold, how does the cornstarch keep it's shape when you pour the melted gummies into it?

If I was going to create molds using corn starch, I'd probably do something like this - using a deep container of starch and inverting a shot glass into it to create an impression similar to the silicone mold used here. Cornstarch can be used for this type of molding and works really well, it's done this way in industrial candy making as well.

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