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Apr 19, 2014 12:40 PM

vodka pokeballs gone wrong

So I tried making this with next to no experience making candy. I cut up the gummies, bought larger molds for normal sized pokeballs, but the first attempt at melting the gummies managed to boil for a brief period. The recipe says not to, but I figured it still might work. Poured the vodka gummy soup into the molds and froze it.

4-6 hours later I try to remove the unfinished of the 5 ( only had enough gummies for 4.5 red halves, so I wanted to try the trash one). It took 5 minutes to remove what seemed like a mixture of gummy and superglue from the mold. It was holding shape except for the sticking-to everything issue.

So my question is: are they ruined? My friend suggested the hotter candy is cooked the harder it will become, but heat seems like how I got into this problem in the first place... Any advice?

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  1. am not understanding the question? are you wanting to melt them again? or just eat them?

    did you grease the mold?

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Ya I greased them, but my goal is to get them more solid. In the recipe he just pops em out warming the moulds a bit with water, but mine are sticky messes. Did I cook the candy too long? Too much alcohol? (Went for 16cl instead of the recipe's 15-20)

      I feel like I followed the steps to the letter aside from the heat maybe climbing too much.

      1. re: justtopostonce

        you used a much smaller amount of candy than the recipe if you only had enough for 5? but used the full amount of vodka?

        just eat them and make another batch, but follow the directions. :)

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          Might I suggest eat them, wait till tomorrow to make another batch, not sure I want you playing with alcohol and fire after eating the first batch!

    2. Are you trying to infuse gummies with vodka?

      Just put gummies in a jar with a tight lid and a decent amount of room. Pour on some vodka. Shake them up. Let them sit, Periodically shake them some more. If they soak up all the vodka quickly, add a bit more.

      When they've swelled up a decent amount (could take 24-48 hours), pour off any remaining vodka. Pour the gummies out onto a silicone liner or a piece of parchment and let them dry off on the surface.

      Now you're ready to amuse yourself. No boiling. No evaporated alcohol or burns. No molds required.

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      1. re: rainey

        I think the whole point of the experiment is to make them look like pokeballs...

      2. If you are just trying to make vodka-infused pokeball treats, you could try jell-o "shots." I have made this recipe before but incorporated vodka for the adults, and it could be modified to be used in the round molds instead:

        Here's how I would do it:
        Red Half:
        Mix 1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatin with 1/4 cup cold water in a small bowl. Add 2/3 cup boiling water, 1/3 cup vodka, and 1 box red jell-o (cherry, strawberry, etc.) Stir to combine and pour into molds. You might need to make a double batch to have equal amounts as the white layer.

        White half:
        Mix 2 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin with 1/2 cup cold water in a small bowl. In a medium bowl, combine 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup vodka, and 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir to dissolve the condensed milk into the boiling water and vodka. Add the gelatin mixture to the milk mixture, then add another 1/2 cup boiling water, and stir everything to combine. Pour into molds.

        For the black ring in the center, I can think of a couple options. You can do something similar to what the person in the article did, and make another batch of jell-o to pour over the red/white halves. Follow the instructions for the red layer but use an appropriate colored jello flavor. Not sure if there is a black-colored jello so you might have to go with grape or some other purple color. You'll probably also have a lot leftover. If you do this, let your red and white layers chill and set completely, and black/purple/whatever layer cool for a while before pouring over the red/white layers, or else it will melt the red/white layer.

        Alternately, you could take some black licorice rope and wrap it around the center after putting the red and white halves together:
        Or pipe prepared black icing around the center.

        For the button in the center, how about Wilton candy eyes:
        Admittedly, the black is supposed to be on the outside and the white on the inside...but unless you are serving these to some hard-core geeks, they hopefully won't notice.

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        1. re: Maggiethecat

          Thanks for the tips, I think the gummies are a bust, I'll give the gelatin a shot this time. I remember seeing a recipe for tequila sunrise gummies on youtube, maybe I can adapt it for a vanilla/strawberry vodka.

          1. re: justtopostonce

            proportions matter. too much vodka and the gelatin won't set. more isn't always better. :)