It doesn't get much better than this!
For part of my New Year's celebration I wanted to include as much champagne as I could and in as many ways I as I could imagine. One of the first things that I got my hands on was some champagne flavored gummy bears. Yep. True story. My gummy bears were created using Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne too! So they're extra fancy in two flavors, Brute and Rose.
I knew right away what I wanted to do with them, soak them in champagne. Now... I've seen gummy bears soaked in lots of things, mostly hard liquors and never in merely champagne. So, I decided it was my duty to attempt such a luxury.
Much to my surprise, it worked beautifully! The gummy bears soaked up nearly the entire 3/4 C. of champagne that I used, and rather quickly too. Clearly my bears were quite thirsty.
I found that the bears swell up more quickly at room temperature, so if you're wanting them to soak in the goodness more slowly, just set the in the fridge for a day or two as compared to my instructions below for a quickly 24 hour method.
While I know that these are still 'candy', they can definitely be made better-for-you by using bears as I did; all natural, fat free, gluten free, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, and non GMO. Plus, with them swelling with the champagne, you don't have the need to eat too many and you have a fun way to enjoy a treat at your next party without feeling quite so guilty for indulging.
I got my gummy bears from Sugarfina, but you could probably use any brand that you enjoy most. I know there's even a few organic gummy bear brands out there that would be perfect for this.
These little bears are perfectly sweet and yet take on the flavor of the champagne or sparkling wine used. Yum!
Happy Near Year's everyone.
Champagne Soaked 'Drunken' Gummy Bears
Servings: 2 • Size: About 8 Bears • Calories: 114 • Fat: 0 g • Carb: 17.5 g • Fiber: 304 g • Protein: 1.5 g • Sugar: 12.5 g • Sodium: 0 mg
1/2 C. Gummy Bears
3/4 C. Champagne or Sparkling Wine (I used a dry brute.)
Place the gummy bears into a bowl.
Pour the champagne over the bears; give or take to cover them well.
Leave out on the counter at room temperature to soak for at least 10 hours.
If you wish for them to soak longer, place them in the fridge for another 10-20 hours.