I debated for a long time whether or not to post this. After all, this is a very non-adult way to eat tasty treats, but it is quite alcoholic—the last thing I want is to be put in the same category with Joe Camel—but you know what? Today’s youth are the ones who gave me the idea!
Kids are soaking gummies in vodka and taking them to school. Read this article from the Star Tribune: Drunken Gummi Bears No Laughing Matter. They all think this is terribly clever. I don’t think it’s clever, but when I first heard of this phenomenon about a year ago I though to myself, “that sounds darn tasty!”
Now, for anyone under 21 who is reading this:
This is NOT for individuals younger than 21 years of age. Please obey the law and your parents!
When I was in high school I never did anything “bad.” I didn’t drink, smoke, do drugs or have sex. The reason was simply that I watched my friends do all these things and it just made high school so much worse. High school wasn’t easy or fun for me, but I didn’t have to deal with the added drama that came with blackouts, not knowing what you did last night (or who with), pregnancy scares, fights, etc. And it didn’t get any easier for anyone once they hit college. They still did everything they did in high school and it still brought them all the same drama.
So if for no other reason, don’t drink in excess until you’re 21, legal, and halfway through college. By that time you’ll hopefully have learned enough to manage alcohol to your best advantage.
Ok, so now for my warning to adults:
Please eat your gummies responsibly and if you see kids eating sloshy gummies, take the gummies away.
And my warning for everyone:
It is NEVER acceptable under ANY circumstances to DRIVE while intoxicated! Driving while drunk, or even buzzed is just plain inconsiderate. You want to get black-out drunk? Fine. You want to get so drunk you instantly become ok with leaving the party with a complete stranger? Fine. That’s all on you, it’s only going to hurt you. But the instant you get behind the wheel of a vehicle you become an instant ass hole, risking the lives of all the people you pass on the road. No excuses. And NO, you do NOT become a better driver when you’re drunk. Believing that just makes you a bigger ass hole.
Ok, so now with the fun:
Vodka Gummies, for the 21+ crowd
- 2 small packages of high quality gummy bears and/or worms (I like the worms better)
- 1/2 to 3/4 bottle good vodka (I have done this with Karkov… do NOT do this with Karkov. Platinum is good)
*You get what you pay for, here, folks. Bad gummies + bad vodka = punishment gummies. Spring for the good stuff and you will not regret it.
- Put the gummies in a large, sealable bowl and add enough vodka to cover them all. Cover and soak for 5 days, stirring a couple times a day. The gummies will expand, by about double, so make sure the bowl is big enough.
- Half a day before serving: To reduce the sliminess, lay them out in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze them just until you can easily pick them up. (I didn’t do this and just let people pick the gummies out of the vodka. They didn’t seem to mind, but you can also serve them with toothpicks so people don’t get sticky fingers)
Again, NOT for those younger than 21 years.