So much better than a mint on your pillow.
We have a new candy love: alcoholic cocktail gummies from Smith & Sinclair
The London-based confectioner creates alcoholic drinks you can eat. Really.
These delicious gummy mounds—actually pâte de fruits (think Chuckles, one of our childhood favorites)—hold a subtle kick at 5% ABV (the equivalent of ½ shot of alcohol). Yes, you really taste the rum or tequila.
Can you get smashed by eating them? Not in our experience—and we ate four pieces at once!
Individually wrapped, the bites of heaven are gluten-free and vegan.
Each two-bite gummy has a spirit base (gin, prosecco, rum, vodka or whiskey) that is blended with fresh fruit, herbs, syrups. You can taste the high quality of the ingredients.
They’re coated with garnish infused sugars (photo #1) that add to the cocktail flavor.
The company suggests that you allow the gummy to rest on the palate, but we found it difficult to wait.
The different assortments each feature 4 flavors of “expertly mixed cocktail gummies”—two pieces of each flavor.
The After Dinner Box we received as a gift contained:
GUMMIES VS. JELLIES VS. FRUIT PASTES VS. PÂTE DE FRUITS
The magnificent-sounding French term, pâte de fruits (pot-duh-froo-EE), describes what Eat Your Drink calls gummies.
Pâte de fruits translates as the rather frowsy-sounding fruit pastes. Jellies is better. Pâtes de fruits are gourmet fruit jellies.
They are gourmet fruits jellies, made of fruit purée, sugar and pectin. A great pâte de fruit is like eating a wonderful piece of fruit in a different form (similar to a great fruit sorbet).
If you’re old enough to remember Chuckles candy (hard to find these days), they are “jelly candies coated with a light layer of sugar.”
Bingo! That’s much like Eat Your Drink, although the latter ups the ante with top quality ingredients and—oh yes—alcohol.
Calling the candies “fruit jellies” has its own challenges, as in confusing “jelly” or “fruit jelly” with the bread spread.
What About “Gummies?”
Gummy candy may mean something different in the U.K., where Eat My Drink originated.
Both are made with gelatin, sugar and flavoring.
But in its homeland, Germany, and in the U.S., “gummy” or “gummi” refers a different texture—it’s solid, whereas jellies are covered with sugar, more flexible, and made in domes or squares.
Gummies also typically have a less-intense flavor than jellies. (Here’s the scoop on gummies).
Hey, we’re just a food educator, trying to provide the bigger picture.
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