Tuesday, February 10

Recipe | Wine Gummies

I'm a new Pinterest user, technically. I signed up a few months ago, but boy am I regretful about not using it earlier! There are so many visually appealing recipes and DIYs. That's how I found this recipe! It's a simple enough recipe, but I made a change here or there to really perfect it and keep as much alcohol content in the fruit snacks as possible ;)

It's technically not considered day drinking, right?

The original recipe suggested everything be combined in a saucepan. I tried that the first time, and could barely taste the alcohol with a Pinot Noir. Also I wasn't too enthused about a huge saucepan completely covered in sticky gelatin. I looked up a few YouTube videos, and found a culinary chef who put the gummy mixture in a glass measuring cup and heat it in a pot of simmering water to avoid burning it. I tried this, and the wine flavor was extremely pronounced in that batch! (aka we barely reduced the alcohol content ;D ).

If you use molds, which I did the 5th time making these, the measuring cup can directly pour your mixture into the molds, and be one less sticky mess to clean! Also if you have foam form, it isn't bad, but not visually pretty to give people so just skim it off the top.

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      The Ingredients
       (source: Thrive Style)

        4 tablespoons gelatin
        1 cup wine
        (I suggest Pinot Noir or Riesling)
        1 teaspoon sugar
        2-4 tablespoons maple syrup
Note: The amount of maple syrup used is dependent on how sweet you want your gummies.

     The Instructions
  1. Combine gelatin and wine in a glass measuring cup, and let sit for 5 minutes to activate the gelatin.
  2. Put glass measuring cup in pot of simmering water and stir slowly until gelatin mixture is smooth.
  3. Once smooth, add in the remaining ingredients and stir.
  4. When everything is dissolved, pour your mixture into a 8x8 pan for square cut gummies or molds if being given as a gift.
  5. Let cool completely (approx. 3-4 hours). You can pop them in the fridge for the cool down to speed up the process.

    If you want to bring them to a party or to work (I won't tell!), don't worry about them melting. The longer you wait, the firmer the gummy gets. They might sweat after you take them out of the fridge, so be sure to let them dry. Now go and spread the joy!

    EDIT: (3/13/2015) Have any of you tried sugar coating your wine gummies? I have, and failed. The sugar melted and turned into a huge sugary puddle. The gummy was still intact, just sticky. From the my extensive research (hands on and via the internet), I think I may have an answer as to why wine gummies cannot be sugar coated like lemon drops. The real culprit is how you make the gummies. To retain as much alcohol content in the wine gummies, you cook the gelatin mixture at low heat, however the excess water content reacts to the sugar when you coat it. If you don't mind sacrificing the alcohol content, simmer/boil your mixture for 10 minutes (even longer if you're worried just remember to continually stir). It'll be hot, so let it cool a bit before pouring into your molds, and then you're good to go! I hope this helps you. It's not very scientific. Just a blogger making a huge mess and a ton of candy in her kitchen :)

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    1. Yum!! These look awesome. I definitely need to try making them.


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    3. Yum!!! These look delicious! I made jolly rancher vodka for the Halloween potluck at work (all of our parties involve drinking haha!), so these would be great to bring to the next party! :)

    4. wowww, it looks delicious!!!! ;) great recipe.
      Kiss from Italy
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