These easy-to-make Rosé Sour Patch Kids are homemade wine gummy bears with a sweet and sour coating. Perfect for parties!
Who else needs some mid-week rosé? I'll tell you how badly I need it. Yesterday, when I left work, I was so tired and distracted that I got on the wrong train. THE WRONG TRAIN. I live in the suburbs, so we're talking about the commuter rail and leaving the city with an hour+ between trains. Not the T, where you can just get off at the next stop and hop back on the next train.
For some weird reason, the conductor asked me where I was going (they usually don't bother talking to anyone, but I think my train pass must have confused him) and when I told him, he was like "uh yeah, this train isn't going there." By some crazy stroke of luck, the train I got on also has a stop just 15 minutes from my house, so it wasn't a big deal as Chris was picking me up anyway. There are so many trains I could have got on that went in all kinds of crazy directions far, far away from my town, so for this I am very thankful.
But it took me a heck of a lot longer to get home and man, I just couldn't get over the fact that I made such a rookie move. I pride myself on paying attention and being on top of things, so I was pretty ashamed in myself. But I'm chalking it up to pure exhaustion and the fact that I'm in serious need of rosé.
But instead of just a glass of rosé, I decided to make my own Sour Patch Kids... with rosé! Homemade wine gummy bears are nothing new, but when I want gummy candy, I almost always want sour gummy candy.
Equipment Needed to Make Your Own Sour Patch Kids
You don't need too much special equipment to make your own rosé Sour Patch Kids, but you do need some gummy molds and citric acid
I originally got these small molds when I made wine gummies a couple years ago, but I recently bought these molds for larger gummies, as well. Typical gummy bears are TINY, so I like the large size better.
If your molds don't come with a dropper, you may want to get one of those, too (though you can also pour the mixture over the molds... just gets a little messier!)
To make the gummies sour gummies, you'll also need bag of citric acid. I never realized how much citric acid could be used for until I read the reviews for this product... In addition to sour gummies, you can use it on your hair (I guess it helps with hard water), to unclog a dishwasher (hard water issues again), to make sourbread, to preserve food, to make bath bombs, to clean your house, etc. etc. Wow!
Anyway, once you have your products, you're ready to get gummying (can that please be a word?).
How to Make Rosé Sour Patch Kids
If you've never made them before, you should know that rosé gummies are super easy to make. All you need to do is pour rosé into a medium saucepan and sprinkle gelatin over the top. Stir gelatin into wine until it’s completely dissolved. The mixture will be thick.
Over very low heat (do not let mixture boil), continue stirring mixture until the it melts back down into a liquid consistency, taking care not to let gelatin clump up. If clumps remain, press it against the side of the saucepan with your spoon to break them up.
Once wine is liquid, add ⅓ cup sugar and stir until dissolved. Turn off heat and add drop or two of pink food coloring.
Place gummy bear molds on trays and working quickly, fill molds with wine mixture. You can either pour the mixture over the molds, and use an offset spatula to clean up or you can use an eyedropper (one usually comes with gummy bear molds).
Once molds are filled, place in fridge for about two hours to firm up.
If you want to make the gummies into rosé Sour Patch Kids, you just coat them in a combination of granulated sugar and citric acid once they're out of the fridge and at room temperature.
And pucker away.
Yes, these are bears, but I'm still calling them Rosé Sour Patch Kids because who ever heard of sour patch bears? It's always the kids and the worms that are sour... I guess bears are just too sweet!
One thing to note is that if it's super humid where you are, the sugar/citric acid mixture may begin to melt away. Whatever you do, do not put these homemade Sour Patch Kids in the fridge or it will make them sweat even more.
The same weekend I made these Rosé Sour Patch Kids, I also had a failed experience with a pavlova because my meringue just couldn't handle the humidity. I love pretty much everything about summer, except when the weather causes baking fails!
Though you shouldn't really have a problem with these since you'll likely be scarfing them down just as quickly as you can. They're super fun to have in little bowls at parties, too, as your guests will be snacking on them all evening long.
Just BE SURE to tell them there is wine involved as they could get a bit dangerous. Because the rosé gummies are cooked over very low heat, all of the alcohol doesn't burn off, which is good...But could also be bad if you're just mindlessly popping them into your mouth. Or you know, serving these homemade sour patch kids when there are kids around. Eep.
I should also mention that the ⅓ cup sugar and 2 tsp citric acid mixture worked for me, but if it's too sour (or not sour enough!) for you, feel free to adjust. I like a lot of pucker in my Sour Patch Kids!
I hope that your week does not need wine as much as mine does, but if it does, I recommend enjoying it in Rosé Sour Patch Kid form!
Have you ever made your own homemade gummies?
If you like these homemade sour patch kids, but sure to check out some of my other fun summer treats, like these Rainbow Sherbet Meringues and these Strawberry Lemonade Shortbread Cookies. If you're looking for more homemade candy recipes, check out these Cherry Cordials from Baking Sense.
Rosé Sour Patch Kids
- 1 cup rosé wine
- 5 packets gelatin (about ¼ cup)
- ⅓ cup, plus ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1-2 drops pink food coloring
- 2 tsp food-grade citric acid
- Pour rosé into a medium saucepan and sprinkle gelatin over the top. Stir gelatin into wine until it's completely dissolved. Mixture will be thick.
- Over very low heat (do not let mixture boil), continue stirring mixture until the it melts back down into a liquid consistency, taking care not to let gelatin clump up. If clumps remain, press it against the side of the saucepan with your spoon to break them up.
- Once wine is liquid, add ⅓ cup sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Turn off heat and add drop or two of pink food coloring.
- Place gummy bear molds on trays and working quickly, fill molds with wine mixture. You can either pour the mixture over the molds, and use an offset spatula to clean up or you can use an eyedropper (one usually comes with gummy bear molds).
- Once molds are filled, place in fridge for about two hours to firm up.
- In a small bowl, mix together remaining ⅓ cup granulated sugar and citric acid.
- Pop gummies out of molds and let come to room temperature.
- Toss gummy bears in sugar mixture to coat.
- Store in airtight containers if not enjoying right away. Do not store in fridge.