Gummy bears take gelatin candy to a new level. Their bright color and detailed teddy bear design make these candies kid-pleasing. Don’t just pour them into a bowl and forget about them. Since gummy bears are small and chewy with a mild fruit flavor, they are versatile and will fit in with many dishes.
Use gummy bears as an ice cream or frozen yogurt topping. Scoop a basic flavored ice cream such as vanilla or chocolate into a bowl and sprinkle a small handful of gummy bears on top. To make the gummy bears better adhere to the ice cream, let the ice cream slightly soften and make a center indentation with a tablespoon. Place the candy into the center well and stir so the gummy bears are evenly distributed throughout the ice cream. Alternatively, you can dip ice cream cones into a tub of gummy bears; however, only give this treat to older children who will chew it properly and not choke.
Add a sweet taste and chewy texture to standard trail mix by including gummy bears. Place one cup each of pretzels and peanuts into a large bowl, then add 1/2 cup each of raisins (or other dried fruit) and gummy bears. Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight storage container or individual plastic sandwich bags. For a healthier gummy bear trail mix, mix one cup of granola or high fiber cereal with one cup of almonds. Add in 1/2 cup each of raisins and gummy bears.
Many candy stores sell chocolate covered gummy bears, but they can be made easily at home. Add one cup of chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl, microwave for one minute on “High” and stir. Heat for another 10 seconds if the chocolate isn’t completely melted. Stick a toothpick gently into the bottom of a gummy bear (just enough so it can just hold the candy), then dip it into the melted chocolate. Lay the chocolate covered gummy bear onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper and gently twist the toothpick to remove it. After all the bears are coated, dip the end of a toothpick into the melted chocolate and gently dab it onto the bottom of the gummy bears to fill in any noticeable holes. Place the gummy bears into the refrigerator for 15 minutes or until the chocolate sets.
Make an adults only gummy bear recipe for parties. Pour a 16 oz. tub of gummy bears into a glass container, then add 1 1/2 cups of vodka. Cover the top of the container with a lid or plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator. Keep the bears in the refrigerator to soak for three to five days, making sure to stir them twice a day so all the bears get evenly soaked. Once the gummy bears have absorbed the majority of the vodka, they will softer and bigger than their normal size. Serve them on dishes at a party as a fun alternative to other cocktails.