Boozy Gummy Bears

This is an easy recipe for how to make Boozy Gummy Bears. They are super simple to make and are the perfect addition to any adult party. These are made with Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka, but you can use any alcohol that you’d like.

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An angled view of Boozy Gummy Bears in a glass container with the front ones in focus.

When I was a kid,  I always looked forward to the forth of July. Every year, a distant cousin of my father’s would host a huge family picnic. I’m talking well over 100 people (what can I say, we Italian’s multiply like rabbits!).

This particular cousin owned a huge and absolutely gorgeous property, complete with some really well-kept acreage (plenty of space to play baseball and kickball). They had a beautiful in ground pool with a water slide and diving board and a pool house where the booze was kept for the adults.

An overhead shot of the corner of the square glass container of Boozy Gummy Bears.

In addition to that gorgeous yard, they had a wooded area with a pretty sweet rope swing that we kids absolutely adored. There was a bridge over a small creek that took you back to a path and a little house they had back there. It wasn’t really a house of course, but it was a pantry and this is where all the desserts were stored. As kids we would sneak into that pantry and steal cookies and swipe cake frosting with our fingers!

As kids, my sister and I really looked forward to the family picnic because not only were there a ton of super fun things for kids to do there (and so much incredible food!) but it was an opportunity for us to play with all 8 billion of our cousins!

And overhead shot of a square glass container of Boozy Gummy Bears.

Over the years as we got older, they stopped throwing the picnic for whatever reason. I think as the kids got older everyone started just going their own way. And I’m also pretty sure they eventually sold the house and property.

So when my mom mentioned that a different cousin of my dad’s decided to host a family picnic this year, I was totally excited. These ended long before J came into the picture and even though it’s not going to be at the same place that the previous picnics were held, I cant wait for my girls to get to hang with their cousins and get a taste of all the holiday fun that I enjoyed as a kid!

An out of focus hand coming in and stabbing a red gummybear in the container of Boozy Gummy Bears.


So I decided to revamp this post since we’re approaching a holiday weekend. Because really, who doesn’t want to be the awesome person that shows up at the adult BBQ with a big old container of Boozy Gummy Bears?

Last time I made these, J thought it would be a great idea to make 5 lbs. worth! Silly J. While in some ways it was a good idea because they were delicious and dangerously addictive, we then had a container of left over Boozy Gummy Bears in our fridge and during the week I’m just not about that life. 

A green gummy bear being held up by a hand on a tooth pick with the container of Boozy Gummy Bears behind it.

I’ve always referred to these as Rummy Bears because I’ve only ever enjoyed them with rum. But a while back at a girls night, my friend Allison made them with Whipped Vodka by Pinnacle which is whipped cream flavored vodka, if you haven’t already figured that out.

Since I’m not a huge rum fan, you can imagine my joy when I tasted these with vodka. I had initially been worried that they would be too sweet, but the whipped cream flavor went perfectly with the gummy bears.

Allison made sure to emphasize that you’ll want to make these in a glass bowl because plastic effects the texture of the gummy bears. Also, make sure you give yourself a few days before your party as these are optimal 3 days after you pour in the vodka (stir it once or twice a day).

A view of the corner of a container of Boozy Gummy Bears with the front ones in focus.

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Boozy Gummy Bears

This is an easy recipe for how to make Boozy Gummy Bears. They are super simple to make and are the perfect addition to any adult party. These are made with Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka, but you can use any alcohol that you'd like.

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

Yields 12 Servings

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Ingredients

  • Whipped Vodka by Pinnacle
  • In a glass container spread out your gummy bears.

Instructions

  1. Place the gummy bears into your glass bowl.
  2. Pour the vodka over the gummy bears so that it covers them.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 3 days, stirring once or twice daily.
  4. Enjoy but be careful because these pack quite the punch!
Cuisine: Party, booze, picnic, adult | Recipe Type: Dessert, snack

Notes

Make sure to use a glass bowl, as plastic adversely effects the texture. These are optimal after soaking for 3 days. One of our gracious readers, Teela, shared that using sugar-free gummy bears helps eliminate the goo- give it a shot!

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This is an easy recipe for how to make Boozy Gummy Bears. They are super simple to make and are the perfect addition to any adult party. These are made with Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka, but you can use any alcohol that you'd like.
This is an easy recipe for how to make Boozy Gummy Bears. They are super simple to make and are the perfect addition to any adult party. These are made with Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka, but you can use any alcohol that you'd like.

 

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31 Comments

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    KC the Kitchen Chopper
    May 22, 2015 at 11:57 am These are so fun and "cute to boot". I'll be keeping these in my for the 4th! :) KC the Kitchen Chopper recently posted...Almond, Cinnamon, Nut ButterMy Profile
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      Jessy
      May 24, 2015 at 10:03 pm Thank you- enjoy! :)
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        Elizabeth
        June 12, 2016 at 6:46 pm I made these but they turned into one solid mass . Any idea why , I thought maybe my gummy bears were too fresh and soft . We cut them into squares and they tasted fine just not as cute as the Bears .
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          Jessy
          June 13, 2016 at 8:50 am Hi Elizabeth- I'm sorry to hear that! How odd, ours didn't start turning into one big mass for about a week later (we were actually using toothpicks to eat them with no issues). What kind of gummy bears did you use? Maybe certain brands react differently to the booze? Ours were from our bulk food's section at Wegman's, the ones with a wider variety of flavors. Also, what vessel did you store them in? Could it be a possible reaction to the container material? I'm sorry I don't have a better answer for you.
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    Erlene
    May 22, 2015 at 1:10 pm I've seen these before and have always wanted to try making them. Maybe this weekend will be the time. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Erlene recently posted...Part 4 – 25 Amazing Seafood Dinner SaladsMy Profile
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      Jessy
      May 24, 2015 at 10:03 pm Thank you- I hope you enjoy!
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    Stephanie
    May 22, 2015 at 1:36 pm Wow! Sounds like an easy item that will be the hit of any adult party! Stephanie recently posted...Little man’s fruit smoothieMy Profile
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      Jessy
      May 24, 2015 at 10:02 pm It was super easy! :)
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    Joy @ Joy Love Food
    May 22, 2015 at 8:29 pm I've never heard of boozy gummy bears, what a fun party idea! Joy @ Joy Love Food recently posted...Strawberry Shortcake SconesMy Profile
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      Jessy
      May 24, 2015 at 10:01 pm Thanks- they were tasty and fun :)
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    Nicky @ Little Family Adventure
    May 22, 2015 at 10:18 pm I'd love to the the person who brings boozy gummies to a party. I hope your friend will love Austin. It's a great town. Nicky @ Little Family Adventure recently posted...How Far Would You Drive? Survey Says…..My Profile
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      Jessy
      May 24, 2015 at 10:01 pm I think they're really excited and I'm glad they'll be living in a place that I've always wanted to visit :)
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    Betsy @ Desserts Required
    May 22, 2015 at 11:42 pm I'm so confused....what was the problem with a ton of Boozy Gummy Bears in the fridge all week?!? I think these sound fabulous.
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      Jessy
      May 24, 2015 at 10:00 pm Haha it's an excellent problem to have, but I'll never get any work done during the day if I enjoy them all week!
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    Diane
    May 23, 2015 at 2:01 am This is a first for me. The idea of gummies and Vodka....never thought of that. They look like little jewels! Great Party idea! Diane recently posted...Festive Cherry Almond CupcakesMy Profile
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      Jessy
      May 24, 2015 at 9:58 pm Thank you- they were delicious little jewels!
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    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily
    May 26, 2015 at 5:06 pm I'd love to have that problem! what a fun party favor!! Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily recently posted...Honey Dijon Avocado Dressing #RecipeReduxMy Profile
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      Jessy
      May 27, 2015 at 9:28 am Thanks- they were pretty tasty!
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    Jenn @ Organized Home Organized School
    June 12, 2015 at 4:21 am I am so trying these! What a unique idea.....or maybe I'm just late finding out about them. How did you keep the kids out of the candy? ;-) Jenn @ Organized Home Organized School recently posted...Summer Organization And Decluttering Projects: Organizing Children’s Art SuppliesMy Profile
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      Jessy
      June 12, 2015 at 2:05 pm Thank you- they're delicious but dangerous :) Luckily, all of the kids in attendance can't even walk yet. I still haven't thought about how to keep them away in the future...
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    Tamara
    October 6, 2016 at 8:57 am Do you lay these out on a single layer?
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      Jessy
      October 6, 2016 at 10:21 am Hi Tamara- I haven't found it necessary to keep them in a single layer. The first time we made these, we had so many gummy bears that it would have required a TON of vessels to have one single layer (my husband got a little excited and bought a 5 lb. bag). I hope that helps!
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    Alix @A Hedgehog in the Kitchen
    July 1, 2017 at 9:50 am These are such a great idea! Can't wait to try them!
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      Jessy
      July 2, 2017 at 11:26 am Thank you :) Enjoy!
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    Jerome
    July 2, 2017 at 9:26 am Made these yesterday and they turned into a huge mono colored glass dish of goo. You could still see the gummy bears but, they were ins a heavy gello like syrup. I got them out of the bulk bin at Cub Foods. Don't know if the gelatin or sugars were breaking down. It was so bad I couldn't even strain them out. They were in a layer of about three deep so I'm going to try them again with a single layer.
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      Jessy
      July 2, 2017 at 11:22 am Bummer! I'm sorry to hear that this happened. It sounds like you used a glass dish so that's probably not it. I've only done it with the gummy bears that have a ton of flavors as opposed to the usual gummy bears. I don't know if that would affect it. Let me know how it goes with the single layer.
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      Jessy
      July 2, 2017 at 11:25 am Also, did you stir them periodically? That helps too.
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    Teela
    August 3, 2017 at 4:38 pm The goo comes from the sugar... Always use sugar free bears :)
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      Jessy
      August 4, 2017 at 11:30 am Interesting, I never would have guessed but it makes sense! I'll add a note to the recipe- thanks for the info, Teela :)
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    Allison
    September 1, 2017 at 4:26 pm Do they need to be refrigerated?
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