Drunk Gummies

1 Posted by - February 12, 2012 - Food & Drink

What’s more fun than gummy bears? Drunk gummy bears, duh. So this says fun in a lot of ways:

The instructions are simple: cover gummy bears with vodka, leave in the fridge for a week. The hard part, as I found out, is not eating all the gummy bears before you can try the recipe.

Um, oops. There weren’t that many left for me to liquor up. But I forged on.

Everybody in the pool!

I stuck it in the fridge for a week. And then my family came over and helped me test them. The general consensus: “Blargh!” None of us are the kind of girly girls who cough and choke when we take a swig of vodka and whine, “It buuuuurns!,” but these things were pretty liquory. Also, then I had to hide them because my nieces were about to come over and I didn’t want them to get all excited about gummy bears and then go, “Ew. These smell like Auntie.”

So, I probably won’t make these again.


  • Kristen February 12, 2012 - 12:52 pm Reply

    Hmm..yeah sounds like one of those “why ruin a good thing” situations. <3 Gummies!

    • Jennifer February 12, 2012 - 2:23 pm Reply

      Dang, so glad you tried these but I’m disappointed! They sounded awesome in theory, I suppose. 🙂

  • Jamie February 12, 2012 - 3:37 pm Reply

    How disappointing! I wonder if you can make gummy bears with Vodka instead of just soaking them in it?

  • Boo February 23, 2012 - 3:02 pm Reply

    I have made these a few times and they are honestly lovely! Defo keep them away from the kids though 🙂

    • Sarah June 21, 2012 - 10:35 pm Reply

      I’ve made them a few times too – I used the really cheap hard as rocks gummy bears from the local grocery store, and shook up the container every day or so to get the liquor moved around. Making them again for the 4th!

  • Jess April 29, 2012 - 3:51 am Reply

    The trick is to soak them in thawed frozen juice concentrate for a few days after they’ve soaked in the vodka. That takes the bite out of the alcohol without getting rid of any of the effects.

    Here is a link to the recipe I used:

  • Mila Gates (@mcgates318) June 23, 2012 - 11:27 pm Reply

    i tried these, but we only soaked them for about as long as it takes to finish the drink they were soaking in. not as big, but much more tasty.

  • Mir June 24, 2012 - 9:17 pm Reply

    I soaked mine in Disaronno, and they really worked well together. However, one friend drank the slurry at the bottom of the jar and was not a happy camper the next morning.
    P.S. Loving your blog. I’ve been in tears from laughing so hard several times.

  • Brittany June 25, 2012 - 1:58 am Reply

    I’ve made these before and they turned out great! I didn’t add or soak them in juice. But I did use an entire bag, haha probably where you went wrong here xD

  • Sam June 25, 2012 - 1:36 pm Reply

    I’ve made these things twice and never had a problem. I think they are delicious. use good quality vodka that you wouldn’t mind drinking straight.

  • Sarah Everidge June 25, 2012 - 7:37 pm Reply

    I used tropical flavored vodka on my drunk gummies and they turned out so well. You may have used to much vodka on the small amount of gummies.

  • Kristen June 26, 2012 - 2:52 am Reply

    You’ll be happy to know you did not fail as badly as I did. I tried to make drunken gummy bears, was not aware that I was supposed to occasionally stir them, and ended up with one giant piece of gloopy gummy bear vodka mess that basically had to be gnawed at or cut apart with a knife.

  • Tina MacKinnon June 26, 2012 - 3:55 am Reply

    Next time, more gummy and less vodka.

  • Elizabeth June 26, 2012 - 10:23 am Reply

    you need to let them sit for a whole week like the recipe says. you should also put them in a 9 x 13 baking pan and lay them in a single layer so they cant glob up. after 1 day, they were very “burny” (not sure if that is actually a word) but after a few days you couldnt take the alcohol at all and were just like fat, more squishy gummi bears. they were a huge hit at the super bowl party we brought them to this year! try them again! totally worth it!

  • Jenn June 26, 2012 - 10:36 am Reply

    I’ve made these with UV Cake flavored vodka, and brought them to a bachelorette party. They were a huge hit!

  • Angel June 26, 2012 - 11:12 am Reply

    “Ew. These smell like Auntie.” ROFLMFAO…seriously…I cannot stop!!!

  • Sarah Quinn June 26, 2012 - 3:28 pm Reply

    next time only soak them for an hour. so they dont taste like nail polish removing gummy bears.

  • Crystal June 26, 2012 - 3:44 pm Reply

    I tried this a while back and had much success. (and slurring :)) But I waso excited to do it I never read the directions. I just poured vodka in with the gummies and stuck them in the fridge for like 3 hours. They were good, but a little stiff. (haha) The second time I did it I let them soak in the vodka outside of the fridge. MUCH BETTER! They were softer, and yummier. It’s worth a second shot. (ha ha…get it….shot….:))

  • Nicki June 26, 2012 - 4:38 pm Reply

    Mine turned out AMAZING!!! They were a huge hit at my fiances birthday party!

  • Jennie June 26, 2012 - 5:46 pm Reply

    you have to stir them, and then mix in cranberry juice on like the third day and then they are delicious

  • JulieSnowWhiteGillespie June 26, 2012 - 8:36 pm Reply

    I made these too and they were the grossest things ever. If i ever try again it’ll be with schnaps or with flavored vodka.

  • becky06 June 26, 2012 - 10:40 pm Reply

    We loved them ….They burn because ummm they have vodka or whatever you soak them in..I soaked them for 3 days at 2 days draining the slime and adding a bit more fresh vodka.. then we took them with us and they were  a hit.. I used a flavored vodka too

  • wall8flower342 June 27, 2012 - 1:41 am Reply

    I had a friend who made these all the time. They were pretty great. I think it’s just a trial and error sort of thing. I love your comments though haha

  • AshleyKiss June 27, 2012 - 11:41 pm Reply

    Did you add a can of frozen fruit punch concentrate to them on day 5? It takes away the burn!

  • HisTechnoAngel June 28, 2012 - 12:56 am Reply

    The recipe I used said to cover with vodka and stick in the fridge for an HOUR… I would try that again LOL!! A week!! OMG I am rofl so hard, I *bet* they were bad!

  • MalissaKoebel June 28, 2012 - 12:31 pm Reply

    Yeah, you CANNOT make these without some sort of fruit juice in it. I use 1:1 vodka & juice.
    Also, on my first attempt, the pure vodka bath made the gummies dissolve a bit on the outside….Dissolving gummies = nasty goo. 

  • lisaaw1967 June 29, 2012 - 7:33 pm Reply

    Someone brought these to a party I was at recently … they were NASTY!

  • Cocktail Connoisseur June 30, 2012 - 5:52 am Reply

    I’ve made these before and everyone loved them. A good tip is to use a flavored vodka or rum I used Bacardi Torched Cherry and only soak them for an hour or two in the fridge they absorb the alcohol in that time believe me. We made a very large batch and they all got eaten. They are fun and not to mention delicious. 

  • MelissaFerry July 1, 2012 - 12:46 am Reply

    yeah I’m all for half-assing things, so I did my own half-assed version of this, only I used gummy strawberries, because those things are delicious. they turned out really gross, and then i felt bad for wasting gummies and vodka…so they’re still in my fridge. (it’s been months…I’m afraid to touch them now…)

  • Karen Ann July 2, 2012 - 12:48 am Reply

    I tried these, and they were GREAT!  http://pinterest.com/pin/4925880812164253/

  • crystallion82 July 2, 2012 - 4:06 pm Reply

    “smell like auntie” LMAO

  • MelissaMcC July 2, 2012 - 6:57 pm Reply

    Nope – LOVE these! Had one set made with vodka and another with rum. Totally awesome! The vodka ones taste stronger, the rum ones have a better flavor!

    • cassiesteger July 17, 2012 - 4:05 am Reply

       I made the same thing! I let mine sit for about 8 days. That was before christmas and I STILL have some in the fridge. I think eating them too soon gives them that nasty texture and smell. Mine are great!

  • monyhoney July 3, 2012 - 12:17 am Reply

    My mom made these for Memorial Day using gummy worms and they were one of the nastiest things I’ve ever choked down.  They were slimy, sticky and too strong!  BLECK!

  • Tysa July 3, 2012 - 2:21 am Reply

    Peach-o’s and peach vodka or peach light rum.

  • Lydia July 4, 2012 - 3:12 pm Reply

    Friend and I tried this once.  On the beach.  In a red solo cup.  Without a week in the fridge.  We just got a sad, soupy, sticky mixture of vodka and melted gummy bears.  So we made her boyfriend eat/drink it.  

  • EagerExistence July 4, 2012 - 10:19 pm Reply

    Making a vodka watermelon has the same “fail”. It’s just straight vodka. How could we think it woulc come out tasting good? Way too strong! Much better to water-it-down with some lemonade first.

  • Julie July 6, 2012 - 10:16 am Reply

    Everybody on Pinterest is making these so damn difficult. I’ve been make Rummy Bears on the regular since before Pinterest was even a registered website, and they are delish and super easy. Take a few pounds of gummy bears, put them in a glass baking dish, and pour a bunch of rum over them. Not enough so that they’re swimming, but enough that they’re all coated. Cover it with foil, go away for a few hours, come back, pour a little more rum, and mix them around. All in all, they should take about 36 hours to cure. I usually add rum about three times over the duration, but whatever floats your boat (but not your gummy bears, because you don’t want them to float). Usually, if I’m making about three pounds of bears, I use the better portion of a regular sized bottled of cherry rum. You can use regular rum, but I think the fruity kinds make the bears taste less like rum and more like candy, but still get you good and drunk. Give these another shot, because they’re so so so worth it.

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  • JamesWBowers July 11, 2012 - 5:36 am Reply

    You ended up using way too much vodka for the few gummies you had.  You want the gummies packed relatively tightly and the vodka to just barely come to the top of the gummies, and then stir once or twice a day for two or three days.  They’ll be a little squishy and sticky, but that can be solved by spreading them out on a baking sheet and letting them sit for another 8-12 hours.  I LOVE vodka gummies.  (Also, don’t use 100 proof vodka, stick with the 80 proof.  Too high of an alcohol content will “melt” the gummies and leave you with syrupy liquor.)

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  • EmilyDennie July 20, 2012 - 11:12 am Reply

    I tried this with gummy worms before I had ever heard of pinterest. The result was the same as yours, solidified vodka that you had to chew. Since I used worms, they were too big to just swallow… Many a wasted drunk worms…

  • dajenks July 20, 2012 - 10:28 pm Reply

    Why not take a shot of vodka, then chase with a mouth full of delicious, non-soaked gummy bears? That is what I would call a win-win situation!

  • Crazy Redneck Mamma July 23, 2012 - 3:29 pm Reply

    We tried this before a float trip (while on vacation).  BUT – 1) we only soaked them overnight and 2) we covered the dishes of gummies with a tight lid and 3)we used about 6 bags of gummie bears – 1/2 in vodka, 1/2 in rum.
    They actually tasted like vodka mixed with kool-aid  or fruit juice (depending on gummy flavor).
    we drained off the excess alcohol before loading them all in the cooler for the trip.

  • Rebecca July 25, 2012 - 2:27 am Reply

    Some friends of mine made these for my party, but instead of vodka, they used tequila and soaked them for 2 days. Then they added fruit juice to them and soaked them another day. They. Were. Epic.

  • Bonadea July 29, 2012 - 11:07 pm Reply

    I tried these and they were gooey on the outside and hard on the inside, absolutely disgusting.  Does it matter what brand?  I just bought the store brand.  Tried worms and bears.

  • LyndsayW August 5, 2012 - 10:43 pm Reply

    My friend and I tried these once and we ended up just eating the gummy bears and drinking the alcohol separately.  The few that we did manage to make were absolutely disgusting.  But yet again, we only waited a few hours to try them.  You can’t expect two 21 year old girls to sit around and wait for a chance to drink!

  • MissLaurenL August 8, 2012 - 7:02 pm Reply

    Actually… the right recipe asks to add one of those frozen juice from concentrate things.. it helps with the taste of liquor.

  • missanne August 8, 2012 - 11:32 pm Reply

    I’ve made these several times but I’ve learned you only soak them over night and If you want them a really good way drain them and put them in the freezer after soaking then put in a fruity drink…helps keep it cold and well its extra alcohol while drinking plus something to eat or we’ve put them into jello shots too that was was interesting…

  • weird0zoid102 August 9, 2012 - 3:07 pm Reply

    I made these with Bacardi Dragonberry and they had a lot less of the burn and a lot more deliciousness 🙂

  • Annie14 August 11, 2012 - 11:35 pm Reply

    My roommates and I made these a few months ago. We had a TON of gummy bears and left them in the fridge for a couple of days. They just kept getting bigger as they soaked. They actually tasted pretty good. I can’t remember what kind of vodka we used though. However, the bears that were on top didn’t get hardly any vodka and the ones that were on the bottom were super strong. We put some in plastic bags, stuck ’em in our purses, and took them to the bars. I didn’t eat many of them, and at the end of the night, I had a giant colorful hunk of vodka gummy… Didn’t even resemble a bear anymore. But, in general, our attempt was a success. 

  • CharleneWallace August 14, 2012 - 4:05 pm Reply

    If you add a can of frozen juice with only half the water towards the end of the week it sort of sucks up that juice flavor instead of vodka! 

  • sarahjane September 4, 2012 - 3:01 am Reply

    Made these and I used Burnetts Watermelon Vodka and a capri sun. Mix in some sort of Juice. The first day they were so squishy after a few hours, didn’t taste that good. Wait four or more days then they taste like jello! I really didn’t taste the vodka or anything! They were like jello

  • Amanda I October 23, 2012 - 12:14 am Reply

    Too bad, those Haribo Gummy Bears are the BEST!

  • dancinjul November 11, 2012 - 11:15 am Reply

    I used Coconut rum. There are requests for them in the future.

    • creepingjennie October 25, 2013 - 1:09 am Reply

      I also used coconut rum, and everyone LOVED them! They went so fast!

  • Jenn March 18, 2013 - 11:11 am Reply

    I used the Pinacle swedish fish gummy flavor… Seperated the colors… So the gummy flavors were more distinct… they came out really good… hard to serve though… I gave everyone toothpicks

  • Manda June 21, 2013 - 10:17 pm Reply

    I made them but because they were so strong I added some 7 up and let it soak for a few more days and bam they were awesome!

    • Manda June 21, 2013 - 10:19 pm Reply

      I used the cheap knock off gummy bears!

  • Tina July 19, 2013 - 8:15 pm Reply

    I made rum soaked sweedish fish. They kept their shape and were so good!

  • meli August 27, 2013 - 5:00 pm Reply

    best thing to do with vodka soaked gummies is put them in jello shots lol srsly

  • Emmy April 8, 2014 - 9:24 pm Reply

    made these before-we soaked them in vodka overnight, then drained the vodka and let them kinda just hang out in the same container for another day. Much more like gummy bears, and even though you couldn’t taste the vodka it definitely gave you a little buzz

  • Callie Michaud September 16, 2017 - 8:43 pm Reply

    I’ve made these a few times, I’ve found it’s best to only soak them on the counter in the open for about 2.5-24 hours (depending on your gummy chewiness preference) and then strain them and let them sit in the open strained for a few hours to dispel the taste a bit before consuming.

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