Oh, hell yes.
When ranked in cuteness, gummy bears win the candy game. My favorite thing to do with candy — besides the obvious — is to Instagram it, and with gummy bears, there are literally thousands of options.
And while grabbing a bag or three to eat is always a good idea, thanks to the internet, there's so much more you can do.
Just typing in the term "gummy bear" into Pinterest's search bar can lead to tons of creative projects and recipes included but not limited to: gummy bear chandelier, gummy panda bears, chocolate covered cinnamon bears, champagne gummy bears, gummy bear math, white chocolate gummy bear bark, gummy bear jello shots, and of course, rummy bears.
But by far, my favorite gummy bear concoction was vodka gummy bear pops. Because when you combine booze and candy, you get fun adulting — which is a very rare experience.
If you were ever in college, you've done the whole "vodka soaked gummy bear thing," right? Well this is like that, but 10 times better.
Here's how it's done, via A Spicy Perspective.
- 1 1/4 cup vodka
- 1 1/4 cup gummy bears
- 3 cups Sprite or Ginger Ale (or Fanta!)
- wooden popsicle sticks
1) Soak your gummy bears in vodka for 24 to 72 hours. Giving them plenty of time to get boozey AF. The longer the gummy bears soak, the more vodka they absorb. They also grow in size.
2) Then once they're completely saturated, stir to separate them. Then strain one-third of them out of the vodka and place in the bottom of 10 popsicle molds.p
3) Fill the molds with the clear soda until just covered, about one-third full. BONUS POINTS: using a sparkling beverage means some of the carbonation bubbles freeze in place, which will come out looking super dope.
4) Place in the freezer for 60-90 minutes.
5) Once the first layer is frozen, add the popsicle sticks and add a second layer of strained gummy bears and soda. Freeze again and repeat a third time. The total layering/freezing process should take around 4+ hours.
6) Take pops to a party and instantly become the most popular, beloved person there.
And if you want don't want to keep the fun away from your kids or your sober friends, you can make the non-alcoholic version by simply taking out the vodka-soaking process. Instant summer win.