Every year I try to find something different to make during the holidays. Of course I make my regular array of cookies, fudge, and other treats, but it’s always good to add something new. This year I came across a recipe for Wine Gummy Bears and I though “I need those!”
I love gummy bears and I love wine, so combining the two seemed like a perfect idea. Wine Gummy Bears would make the perfect gift for all my wine drinking friends and relatives too!
Making gummy bears was never on my to do list. Actually it never even occurred to me to make it, but if wine gummy bears are something I need than homemade seemed the best way. Believe it or not it’s super easy, just a bit tedious, but oh so worth it!
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But first thing first! To make wine gummy bears you will need gummy bear molds. Yes, you can buy silicone gummy bear molds! I got a set of 3 molds that makes 105 Larger Gummy Bears. (each bear is about 1″ tall) There are regular sized gummy bear molds too and most molds come complete with a large dropper for filling the mold neatly.
Once you have your molds you’re ready to make wine gummy bears! As I said it’s super easy, requiring just 3 ingredients, 4 if you’re making a flavored wine, like the Peach Champagne Gummies I made. You can use any wine you like, white, red, or rosé; I’d call those your basic Wine Gummy Bears. I used Merlot, I happen to like Merlot and I like the red color of the wine. But I had to make a flavored one as well and one of my favorite whites would definitely be champagne; and what a great combination peach nectar mixed with the bubbly!
I’m so excited about these wine gummy bears and I couldn’t wait to share my recipes with you! I packed them in small jelly jars for gifting and can’t wait to give them out this Christmas! Of course we’re keeping a batch for ourselves!
Oh, one last thing, these gummies are alcoholic so keep them away from the kiddies! If you want a non-alcoholic version you can heat the mixture to a temperature above 90°, this will cause the alcohol to evaporate. So here are the recipes!
Basic Wine Gummy Bears
1 Cup wine – Red, White, or Rosé (I used Merlot)
1/2 Cup sugar
6 Envelopes Knox unflavored gel
Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat (if you want to keep it alcoholic keep the mixture below 90º)
Whisk the mixture until the sugar and gelatin dissolve – about 3 minutes
Carefully pour into gummy bear molds or use the dropper the kits usually come with – this is tedious, but much neater
Refrigerate the molds for at least 60-90 minutes.
Pop set gummies out of the molds and store in the fridge in airtight containers.
Peach Champagne Gummy Bears
2/3 Cup Champagne or sparkling wine
1/3 Cup Peach Nectar
1/2 Cup Sugar
6 Envelopes Knox unflavored Gelatin
Follow same directions for the Basic Wine Gummy Bears
These gummies are so yummy it’s hard to eat just one! I can’t wait to try different different combinations, like maybe strawberry Moscato for Valentine’s Day!