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Making champagne gummy bears, of course!
Homemade champagne gummy bears aren’t just a fun new way to enjoy some bubbly on New Year’s Eve, they are also a great way to impress your guests. And, because you can make them up to two weeks in advance, they’re as convenient as they are crowd-pleasing.
Not sure how to make gummy bears? No worries! Use our champagne gummy bear recipe to put this grown-up twist on your fave candy.
The recipe for champagne gummy bears is surprisingly simple (only four ingredients!). But you do need some additional supplies, including few trays of gummy bear molds – enough to make about 150 bears – a dropper or baster to fill the molds and a baking sheet for the molds to rest on as your bears set.
Before starting, prep your countertop and fridge so the gummy bear-making process goes smoothly. Line two to three baking sheets with parchment paper, then place the molds on top so they’re ready to fill. Clear off a shelf in your fridge, too – you’ll need to place the baking sheets in there while the gummy bears set.
Adapted from TheKitchn
The gelatin needs to be hydrated or “bloomed” to dissolve evenly in the champagne and create clear, solid gummy bears. To do it:
Reducing some of the champagne allows you to create a greater depth of flavor without adding more ingredients.
Now comes the fun part – actually making the gummy bears!
A batch of pretty pink champagne gummy bears already upgrades any party – but feel free to let your imagination run wild to create a range of flavored gummies for your NYE bash.
Extracts and flavorings make it easy. Use white wine and a few drops of McCormick® Raspberry Extract to create delicious white sangria gummy bears, or use red wine along with cinnamon and anise extracts to make “mulled wine” gummies.
Get creative enough, and your friends just might be asking for personalized gummy bears for Valentine's Day and Easter, too!
Looking for more food gifts for friends and family? Check out this guide to making your own holiday homemade food gifts today!