Wine gummy bears are the perfect addition to any party. Their chewy texture reminds one of childhood when these treats were far more common. Besides, they are surprisingly easy to make. If you make your batch of wine gummy, you can enable them to provide a light buzz to spice things up. Gummy bears have been a thing for longer than most people might think. They were created back in 1880 by a conservative Methodist who didn’t use any wine in its production. But the candy has evolved a lot since, and gummy bears are an excellent way to mix various types of alcohol, like wine, vodka, and rum, for unique tasting combinations. Besides jazzing up parties, wine gummy make for great munchies late at night. They also last for weeks, so you can make a large batch and kickback. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to be able to make these delicacies at home.
How To Make Wine Gummy Bears?
If you purchase factory-made ‘wine’ gummies, no matter what variation of wine it claims to be made of, it probably does not contain any alcohol. We’ll explain why when we cover the actual recipe below. Rosé wines are perhaps the most popular choice for gummies, but you can make amazing candies from white and red wines as well. There are two different ways you can make wine gummies, and we’ll cover both of them because of the subtle differences between them. For non-alcoholic gummy bears option, check these gourmet gummies we found just for that.
Method 1: Making Wine Gummy Bears
This method was popularized by some creative ladies behind the website ‘Cooking with Janica.’ All you need is wine, gelatin, granulated sugar, and bear molds. The steps are as follows:
Step 1: Pour a cup of wine into a pot that is on a low simmer.
Step 2: Pour around five tablespoons of gelatin and half a cup of sugar
Step 3: Whisk all of them these together and keep an eye out on the temperature. Make sure it stays below 160* Fahrenheit to ensure that the gummies retain some of the alcohol content. Generally, commercial wine gummies are heated beyond this point, which is why they lose the ability to get you drunk. You might need a special candy thermometer for this one.
Step 4: Make sure that you’re continually mixing the three ingredients and preventing lumps. If you see any undissolved gelatin or sugar, use the end of your whisk or spatula to break them up.
Step 5: Once the mixture gains a slightly thicker texture, take it off the simmer, and pour over the molds. Make sure the molds are filled, and use an oven, try to collect the excess.
Step 6: Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. Once you’ve taken them out, gently press on the center of each mold to push the gummy bear out.
Method 2: Making Wine Gummy Bears
Step 1: Mix the granulated sugar and gelatin in a bowl.
Step 2: Heat your wine in a microwave for around 30 seconds to a minute. Observe for when it starts boiling. If you like your gummy bears slightly sour, you can mix about a fourth a teaspoon of citric acid. You can add more after tasting the mixture to depending on what suits your palate.
Step 3: Mix the two bowls and keep stirring till all the ingredients have dissolved. Once done, pour the mixture over the molds and refrigerate for around 30 minutes.
And that’s it! Making gummy bears is this simple. Make sure to wash all your utensils with reasonably warm water to clean out any residue left from the ingredients. You can store your homemade gummies in an airtight container for at most two weeks before you might have to check for spoilage. Moreover, you could mix different alcohol variants to find out which combination tastes the best. Beers, rums, gin, you name it, and you can probably use it for making gummy bears. With not one, but two gummy bear making methods at your disposal, this can easily become your favorite snack for a long time to come.
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