Search for “adult gummies” and you’ll turn up bottles and bottles of nutritional supplements.
They’re not just multivitamins but biotin, fiber, fish oil, melatonin, vitamin C and more. (Caveat: Before you get too excited, check the grams of sugar on the bottle.)
Let us introduce you instead to our kind of adult gummies: soaked in wine or spirits.
Some background: A few months ago, a candy boutique in Los Angeles, Sugarfina, introduced rosé-infused gummy bears. Thanks to social media, they were sold out by pre-order before they even arrived from Germany; there’s a long waiting list (Monarch Rooftop says the number now exceeds 14,000).
We had tried the Champagne Gummies, which are still available. There also are Cuba Libre Gummies, infused with rum and Coca-Cola.
We wouldn’t have known the Sugarfina gummies were infused with Champagne, much less with Dom Perignon. (We deduced that the amount of champagne used was “just a splash.”)
REAL ADULT GUMMIES
Monarch Rooftop, a lounge with a view of the Empire State Building (71 West 35th Street, Manhattan), infuses its own gummies for a selection of creative cocktails. The current menu offers:
Tipsy Teddy Bears: gummy bears soaked in Champagne/Rosé.
Rummy Worms: gummy worms soaked in rum and paired with a Mojito.
Fish Out Of Water: vodka-soaked Swedish Fish laid atop a blue Jell-O shot.
They inspired us to infuse our own gummies by soaking them in alcohol. We first tried spirits, then wine. We briefly considered a Boilermaker: beer with whiskey-infused gummies instead of the shot. Maybe for the Super Bowl?
Whatever you want to infuse, the recipe is below.
National Gummy Worms Day is July 15th, giving you plenty of time to test your own cocktail menu.
MAKE YOUR OWN ALCOHOL-INFUSED GUMMY CANDY
The hardest part of this is deciding which spirit and which fruit juice to use. You can halve the spirits and juice and make a split batch to see which you like better. Flavored vodka is even better.
Beyond Gummy Bears & Worms
So many decisions! There are gummy butterflies, Easter bunnies, fish, flower blossoms, frogs, fruits, gummy rings, lobsters, peaches, penguins, pigs, rattlesnakes, sharks, Smurfs, soda bottles and turtles.
You can make your own adult gummy recipe book, with different shapes and flavors for different occasions. Tequila-infused gummies for your Margarita? Certainly: And get the Mexican Hat gummies.
Check out the novelty gummies on Nuts.com.