a drunken state: lots and lots of alcohol

…candy and alcohol – an experiment for two.

A friend and I decided to make drunken gummy bears and vodka infused with jolly ranchers for a birthday party – the both of us were clueless so we decided to play chemist and make different concoctions.

After reading an immense amount of recipes on drunken gummies, we decided to soak Swedish Fish and Gummy Bears for 1 day, 2 days, and 3 days (we also did an experiment with putting them in the refrigerator: DO NOT put them in the refrigerator, it makes the gummy bears hard). After 1 day, the Swedish Fish turned white and murky and fell apart – DO NOT use Swedish Fish, they are not meant to withstand alcohol.

We completely immersed the gummies in alcohol and that is a big mistake, because it tasted too much like alcohol and not enough Gummy Bear flavor. When it came to our “real” batch, we put all the Gummy Bears (omitted the Swedish Fish) in a large container and poured vodka (cheap Costco vodka) just enough so that the Gummy Bears were not immersed in the vodka.

We would churn the Gummy Bears every couple of hours so that all the Gummy Bears have a chance to soak in the alcohol since we did not immerse the Gummy Bears in alcohol. After 3 days, the Gummy Bears no longer tasted like vodka, but like yummy puffed up candy (it’s deadly because you eat too much and it hits you hard).

Sorting Jolly Ranchers (boy were they sticky).

We ended up adding more vodka because the Jolly Ranchers stopped saturating and just sat at the bottom of the container. Adding more vodka worked and it ended up saturating fully. Everyone at the party loved the vodka infused with Jolly Ranchers (beware, grape tasted like Robitussim DM.


p.s The birthday party was a hit and we played King’s cup and drank bacon infused vodka (which killed me the next day, I was dry heaving the whole night because of the bacon vodka). My favorite was pudding shots with creme de menthe, it tastes just like my mint chocolate chip cookies, it did not taste like alcohol at all!

  1. LOL this comes right after I watched a 20/20 episode about teens and drinking. Drinking games like alcohol gummies or vodka eye shots xD

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