Boozy Holiday Gummy Candies

December 24, 2016
Boozy Holiday Gummy Candies - They're easy to color, flavor, and shape in just about any way and should make an appearance at every holiday party

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn't come from a store.

Maybe Christmas .. perhaps .. means a little bit more!”   ~ Dr Seuss | How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Happy Christmas Eve

We're nearing the end of the holiday parties .. big meals .. peppermint chocolate treats .. traffic to and from Target .. and exhausted looking delivery people.  I've been making pies for Christmas at Food at First today .. setting aside a few slices for our mail carrier who .. I'm sure will be knocking on our door around 6 (he's looking extra weary the past few days)

I'm also doing a bit of baking for the open houses we're going to tonight.

This year I've decided to take a week or so off from blogging.  A chance to be fully present and enjoy the holidays.  I'm hoping to spend time with friends and family (both near and far) .. and indulge in some festive fun.

Also in the mix?  Studying for my latest class .. the world's longest nap .. and a visit to see my grandson

The other night .. as The Chef threw a couple more logs into the fireplace .. I couldn't help but think that children .. grandchildren (and puppies) are a lot like watching fires.  They're forever changing and shifting .. while bringing warmth into our homes.   Certainly not all is calm (nor are the nights silent) .. but they are bright indeed

Wishing you and yours the most wonderful of holiday seasons.  My you enjoy many moments of peace .. love .. and

fuzzy slippers

Boozy Holiday Gummy Candies - They're easy to color, flavor, and shape in just about any way and should make an appearance at every holiday party

I'm convinced these quirky .. sugared .. and boozy gummies should be a part of every holiday party.

They're easy to  color, flavor, and shape in just about any way.  There's also booze involved.  They lend a striking dash of color to the table .. and I love watching them shimmer and wink in the holiday lights

Left unadorned .. they look like precious gems .. or they can be transformed into sparkly crunchy treats by tossing them in sanding sugar just before serving

They're as fun to eat as they are to make

A few tips and tricks

To create the shapes.  We had far better luck using a cookie cutter over allowing them to set in a mold.  Extracting gummies from the mold and keeping them pretty .. didn't always go hand-in-hand

Toss them in sanding sugar just before serving.  As they sit out .. those tossed in sugar will slowly begin to liquefy.

This basic recipe makes two-tone grapefruit and pomegranate pink-and-red gummies. But you can sub in different liquids and liquors to make other pretty (and tasty) combinations.  

With all of the different liquors in play .. and only needing a small amount of each .. it's a gift from the heavens to have a neighbors with well-stocked liquor cabinets

Enjoy!

xoxo

ps:  I'll be back on January 3rd .. ready for another year of healthy recipes .. and a few stories to share along the way

(Photo Credit: Feature Image – Bon Appetit)

Boozy Holiday Gummy Candies - They're easy to color, flavor, and shape in just about any way and should make an appearance at every holiday party

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~ Adapted from Bon Appetit

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Boozy Holiday Gummy Candies
 
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Ingredients
  • Grapefruit Layer
  • ½ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • ⅓ cup honey (or light agave nectar)
  • 3 Tbsp Campari
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp unflavored powdered gelatin

  • Pomegranate Layer
  • ½ cup pomegranate juice
  • ¼ cup honey (or light agave nectar)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp Grand Marnier
  • 2 Tbsp unflavored powdered gelatin
  • Sanding sugar (for serving; optional)
Instructions
  1. Grapefruit Layer
  2. Combine grapefruit juice, honey, Campari, and lemon juice in a small saucepan.
  3. Sprinkle gelatin evenly over and let sit until gelatin is softened, 10–15 minutes.
  4. Cook over medium-low, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved and mixture is translucent with no visible granules, about 4 minutes (do not boil)
  5. Strain into an 8½x4½” loaf pan; chill until firm ~ 30–40 minutes

  6. Pomegranate Layer
  7. While grapefruit layer is chilling, combine pomegranate juice, honey, lemon juice, and Grand Marnier in a small saucepan.
  8. Sprinkle gelatin evenly over and let sit until gelatin is softened, 10–15 minutes.
  9. Cook over medium-low, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved and mixture is translucent with no visible granules, about 4 minutes (do not boil).
  10. Let mixture cool slightly, then strain over set grapefruit layer and cover with plastic wrap.
  11. Chill gummy mixture until completely set, at least 3 hours.
  12. Run a small offset spatula around sides of pan to loosen candy, then gently peel away candy from bottom (be careful not to tear it).
  13. Cut into 1" cubes or punch out into desired shapes with canapé or small cookie cutters.
  14. Toss candies in sanding sugar, if desired, just before serving
Notes
Do Ahead: The gummies can be made up to 4 days ahead. Keep chilled and cut them just before serving

12 Comments

  • Reply Michelle @ Lillian Abbey December 27, 2016 at 11:14 am

    These will be perfect for NYE! I love the gourmet twist.

  • Reply Jen December 27, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Love the festive gummy candies! So neat!

    Best of luck studying for that class. Power to ya, lady! 🙂

    Cheers,
    Jen

  • Reply Mary December 27, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    these look so delicious and cute!
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  • Reply Rachel December 27, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Just like grown-up jello shots! Nom.

  • Reply Jennifer (JenuineMom) December 28, 2016 at 9:01 am

    These look like SO MUCH FUN! I’ve tried making gummy candy before, but never boozy gummy candy. This would be a lot of fun for New Year’s Eve! Thank you!

  • Reply Sharon December 28, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Yummm! I love boozy treats! And these seem more sophisticated than jello shots. Love it!

  • Reply Krista Dial December 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Ummm…these sound amazing!! I don’t know that I’ll get around to doing something like this for our New Year’s party, but definitely bookmarking for future culinary adventures! 🙂

  • Reply Amanda December 29, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    I have always wanted to try making these! They look so fun!

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  • Reply Kari January 1, 2017 at 10:44 am

    This is very cool! I used to make jello shots for almost every occasion. These look even better!

  • Reply Elizabeth O. February 16, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    I’ve been seeing this around a lot and i think it’s a fun way to enjoy alcohol especially for the younger generation. It’s quite easy to do as well. Someone would simply leave a bunch of gummy bears in vodka overnight and that’s it.

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus April 30, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I would love to make these but as a a vegetarian what would you recommend to set the gummies? Who doesn’t love candy after all!

  • Reply Chris June 16, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Saved as a favorite, I really enjoy your site!

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