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So candy vodka is nothing new. Well, at least Skittle vodka. Done and overdone a million times.


I have not seen, however, too many other versions out there. I like a good challenge, so I chose four different candies. I also went with the green candy in accordance with the upcoming Saint Patrick’s day. You can select whatever color or flavor you like, however.


This is also in reaction to my beer jello shots. Those are a considerably more “savory” drink.

Guinness Jello shot beer jello shot

Find the recipe here.


The candy vodka is a much sweeter shot.


I don’t mean to label. I just see  vodka inhabiting shot glasses in the custody of woo girls.


Ah… we all know a woo girl.


Regardless of your taste, these candy infused vodka shots can be fine-tuned to be just right for you. Whether you want just a light hint of candy goodness to be mixed in with soda water, or a liquor sweetened up enough for straight shots, it can be done.



Here’s What You Need For Your Candy Infused Vodka,

candy (Are you surprised? Please do not be perplexed by this.)


jars or containers (depending on how much candy you try to add in, the size of the container will differ)

cheese cloth (they sell this in the grocery store with all of the cooking tools)

a sieve or strainer of some sort


The reason I do not list an amount is that this will depend on how you want to fine-tune yours. Read on to decide.


I began by choosing my candy for my candy infused vodka.

green sour patch kids

Lime green Sour Patch Kids. I purchase four 14 oz bags, generating 2 heaping cups.




juicy pear Jelly Bellies

Juicy pear Jelly Bellies. I purchased these at a candy store (by weight). I bought 2  1/2 cups worth.





green apple Laffy Taffy


Green apple Laffy Taffy. I grabbed 4 bags, resulting in 36 green ones.





watermelon air heads


Watermelon Air Heads. Four bags only produced  26 watermelon airheads. Cheap bastards.


The Air Heads, Laffy Taffy, and Sour Patch Kids come in a bag with mixed flavors. I picked out my colors and stored the rest of the candy for future vodka goodness. If you are complaining about leftover candy that will go unused, I will reach through the screen and bitch slap you (but not too hard because I want you to ship the rest to me).


The Air Heads and Laffy Taffy have a lighter flavor, so keep this in mind. If you want to cut out the bite of the liquor, you may need more candy than I used or better vodka.  The pear Jelly Belly was the thickest and sweetest,so you could add less than 2  1/2 cups. The Sour Patch Kids were sweet but not super thick.



Another thing to consider is your vodka. I used A LOT of candy. Probably part of the reason is that I purchased cheap vodka.

select your vodka with caution

These are not full bottles. I spotted this size behind the liquor store counter. They are  375 ml and cost me $8.00 each. The price will vary based on where you live. My belief is that the liquor in Boston area is pricier in comparison to the US average.


So if you don’t want the liquor to taste harsh or are short on time go with a very good quality vodka. It will taste better.


I chose watermelon, lime, pear, and green apple flavored vodkas.


Before I show you how to infuse, I will explain how it works.


For the person who wants to infuse their vodka as quickly as possible, you will need to use



For those who want a very sweet vodka shot, you will need to use



For someone who has plenty of time to infuse their vodka,


(You can start with a smaller amount of candy, then taste once it is dissolved and continue to add bit by bit until it reaches your liking)


Obviously the best route is having plenty of time. Unfortunately, most of us are typically short on time. Like me.


So I started my candy infused vodka with a little less than half of the candy I purchased, allowed it to sit for five days, then dumped the rest in. I was also attempting to make them sweet enough for straight, “girly” shots.


Begin by pouring your vodka into a larger container. Then add the candy in.

pear candy vodka





lime sour patch kids




watermelon Airhead infused vodka


The watermelon Air Head looks the ickiest.





green apple infused Laffy Taffy vodka



As you can see, I chopped up the Air Heads and Laffy Taffy. A pair of clean scissors work better than a knife.



The canning jars were not large enough since I decided a week later to add more candy. I ended up transferring them to large containers.




feel free to label your bottles or containers


The resulting colors will not necessarily match the candies. Feel free to label if you think you will be confused.


Every time you walk by the bottles or containers, shake them from time to time. In fact, shake them as much as possible if you want the candy to dissolve quickly.


The Jelly Bellies and Sour Patch Kids were slowest to dissolve, probably due to the getlatin/gummy-like build. I found that shaking them vigorously helped to speed it up.


Based on the vodka I used:

I would say that 2  1/2 ups of Jelly Bellies was slightly too much. The Air Heads needed more candy, and the  Laffy Taffy needed more time to dissolve (If you are going for a very sweet shot that you do not taste the vodka.. last year a guy drank straight from the bottle. That is how sweet and infused I like to go). The Sour Patch Kids were just right.

THIS WAS ONE WEEK AND TWO DAYS! If you only want a hint of candy flavor, you only need a day or two.


Once you taste it and it seems ready, you may need to get rid of nasty goop and particles.


Use a strainer or sieve, and cover with a piece of cheese cloth. Place on top of bowl. Pour the vodka in.


use a cheesecloth to filter


As you can see, the Laffy Taffy could use more time to dissolve. There are still chunks of candy.



However you choose to create your candy vodka, the results are phenomenal.




candy infused vodka pear, lime, watermelon, green apple, laffy taffy, jelly belly, jelly bellies, airhead, sour patch kids

If you like dip the rims of shot glasses in chocolate or light corn syrup, then dip in sprinkles, edible glitter, or luster dust.




candy infused vodka pear, lime, watermelon, green apple, laffy taffy, jelly belly, jelly bellies, airhead, sour patch kids





candy infused vodka pear, lime, watermelon, green apple, laffy taffy, jelly belly, jelly bellies, airhead, sour patch kids


You can make these for any time of year, for any occasion. Okay, maybe not a child’s birthday party. That would be awkward.




candy infused vodka pear, lime, watermelon, green apple, laffy taffy, jelly belly, jelly bellies, airhead, sour patch kids



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CANDY INF-- USED VODKA. A Different Flavor, A Different Candy For Every Sweet Tooth.
Recipe type: liquor
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 20
A variety of candy infused vodka flavors, including watermelon, green apple, and pear. Pick your flavor and candy! Great for Saint Patrick's Day, college and greek parties, New Year's, birthdays or just for fun!
  • - candy
  • - vodka
  • - jars or containers
  • - cheese cloth
  • - a sieve or strainer of some sort
  1. visit for instructions
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 150


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88 Responses to CANDY INF– USED VODKA. A Different Flavor, A Different Candy For Every Sweet Tooth.

  1. how fun, I so can see a million flavors to make!

  2. Michelle says:

    You are a goddess. Will you marry me? 🙂

  3. Jen says:

    This is so GENIUS! Thanks so much for sharing the experiment. I am glad there are still a couple weeks before St. Patty’s Day– I am definitely going to give this a try.

  4. Alli says:

    Have you tried to make these into jello shots? Think I could just add unflavored gelatin and follow those instructions? Or use plain vodka and flavored gelatin?

    Just curious.

    Thanks! These look adorable.

    • Jasmin says:

      @ alli, maybe next year I will to a jelly version. YOu could do it, but I don’t suggest regular jello unless they are lightly infused. Otherwise it would be way too sweet

  5. These look great-can’t remember where I found you, but looks great! Thanks!

  6. Lauren says:

    I decided to do this with green and yellow skittles. They are infusing as I speak. Crossing my fingers that they turn out good!!

  7. r says:

    an altenative to $$$ vodka is this: Activated carbon filters can be used to filter vodka and whiskey of organic impurities which can affect color, taste, and odor. Passing an organically impure vodka through an activated carbon filter at the proper flow rate will result in vodka with an identical alcohol content and significantly increased organic purity, as judged by odor and taste.They tried this on mythbusters and ran cheap vodka through a water charcoal filter like a Brita pitcher. they ran some through one, twice, three, up to 6 times I believe. Then had a vodka distributor come in and try those along with a high end vodka and try to put them in order on how many times they had been filtered. He picked it exactly right. placing the unfiltered cheap vodka as the worst, the once filtered vodka as the second best and so on.
    So I believe this will work. Does too! You can use aquarium charcoal also.

  8. Melly Bronder says:

    Hi, just wondering how much vodka to use per batch. Just the one 350ml bottle per kind?

  9. Gord says:

    I do a similar blog about infusing vodka with candy at

    I must ask though, why did you go with preflavoured vodka? I think it goes against the point of infusing it yourself.

    • Jasmin says:

      @Gord, Wouldn’t that depend on what the point is? Everyone has their own objective when creating something. Mine was to make a shot that not only tasted like candy but that I could drink straight without mixing anything in, and the sting of vodka is too much for me. This was the best route for my point.

      • Bridget says:

        Actually – if you use high quality vodka you get rid of the sting of the vodka. I’ve found that it’s only a problem when you go cheap for the alcohol. Alternatively you could also do the old vodka through a brita filter to get some of that bad vodka kick out of the flavor of your infused vodka.

        I’ve done quite a few different flavors of candy infused vodka – M&M’s give you an awesomely horrible color with a chocolate flavor.

        • Jasmin says:

          That same statement concerning vodka quality is already in the post. I actually do think flavored vodkas are easier to take than regular.
          A sign of the Apocalypse: People stating something as subjective as taste to be a fact. sheesh

  10. Steven says:

    I made a black vodka with using the black jack sweets and also made a variety of other drinks with jellie babys, fruit salad sweets and many more.

    • Jasmin says:

      @steven, how cool. We do not have any of those here in the US, but some candies somewhat similar to the jellie babies. I would love to know how your vodkas taste. Cheers!

  11. Troy says:

    You’re basically my hero! I’ve been looking into different vodka infusions and for the longest time have only found Skittles as the main ingredient. I also have a grapefruit vodka infusing but it turned out bitter. I’ll call my first attempt a wash and start over. Thanks for the read and ideas!

    • Jasmin says:

      Have you tried adding sugar to the grapefruit infused vodka? It would cut out the bitterness substantially.

      • Troy says:

        I was wondering about that myself and one of my friends suggested it. I’ve been hesitant to doctor it up but since you suggested it too, I’ll give it a whirl!

  12. Kate says:

    Amazing!!! These look both impressive and delicious!I’m going to pin this so I can come back to it and try it later. 🙂 Great post!

  13. Sean says:

    I’m the founder/moderator for Punk Domestics (, a community site for those of use obsessed with, er, interested in DIY food. It’s sort of like Tastespotting, but specific to the niche. I’d love for you to submit this to the site. Good stuff!

  14. Jester says:

    I tried infusing butterscotch drops in 40% alcohol, took about a week to disolve, now it separates in the bottle, tastes pretty good, (after shaking) and has a kick like a wild donkey

  15. TheJem87 says:

    Love this! I tried it and it turned out wonderful! I now plan on going to a candy store just to find more goodies to try this with. Here is one that is sure to please: 10 (or to your taste) Werthers candies (or similar flavoured candy) + 375ml whiskey (Wiser’s works well, so does Gibsons). Leave it for a few days to dissove, the result will be a very tasty whisky. ;-D

  16. Alicia Wong says:

    After all of the filtering, how much percentage of alcohol do you estimate there is left??

    • Jasmin says:

      @alicia, it depends on how much you start with, how long you infuse, and how much candy is added. I would say I ended up with 75-85% of the alcohol. I infused mine for quite some time.

  17. lyndi says:

    Just finished filling my jars! Can’t wait! Hopefully they’ll be ready by St.Patty’s day. Thanks for sharing.

  18. lyndi says:

    Quick question, can you add food coloring? I’d like my watermelon flavor to be a bit more red.

    • Jasmin says:

      @lyndi, that should work. If your vodka is already a color from the candy and you mix red in keep in mind the result won’t be red nuts combination of two colors. If it is clear then you should be all set.

  19. Sarah says:

    Interesting idea, reminds me of way back when we dropped watermelon jolly ranchers into zima. Bet this tastes better though lol

  20. lauren says:

    love it!!! i have just finished with a batch of infused vodkas using black jacks,pear drops,fruit salads,watermelon jellies sour bottles and aniseed twists(seperately of course x) they are all great as these were only for testing out flavours i used cheap vodka but once i have picked my fave im going to make a huge batch using some good quality vodka p.s the aniseed twists make it taste exactly the same as pernod x x

  21. Seth says:

    Have you ever tried to make gummy bear shots? I’m trying it with Sour Patch Kids and just wondering if you have any ideas. I have read through all the comments and it seems like you would have the answer (I hope you do). I plan on doing something like you did above. Just soaking the Sour Patch Kids in Absolute vodka, hopefully soaking up the alcohol and tasting like the flavor of the Sour Patch Kid. Any suggestions or ideas? Love this blog by the way. So many great ideas!!

    • Jasmin says:

      @Seth, the Sour Patch Kids work! Because they are gummy based they may take longer to break down in the liquor. I’d put it all together, then taste test after a week to see if you need more.

  22. Andrew says:

    i have just tried my own but i have used “Golden Grain” which is 190 proof 95% alc. the candy that i have tried is Black Cherry Warheads. i just started it yesterday i hope it turns out great

    • Jasmin says:

      @Andrew, 190 proof? WoAh.

      • Andrew says:

        Yeah it is very strong liquor! But Ive had the candy in it for about a week now and its still dissolving and well I just tasted some of it and it is very very sour! Hopefully in about another week the rest of the candy will dissolve and it will have more flavor too it!

        • Jasmin says:

          @Andrew, yes the Warheads will make it sour! Eek! Since the sour portion is on the outside, though, you are correct. It will get sweeter as it dissolves. Shake the bottle often to help it break down.

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  24. Symphonie says:

    how long is the candy infused vodka good for? (days wise) Say I wanted to give it out as a gift…does that gift need an expiration date on it?

  25. reina says:

    So I have twizzlers , gummy bears , gummy worms and rips strips and I mixed them together with crown royal now it absorbed the liquor but it tastes funny did I do it right by mizxing the candy together or was I supposed to seperate the candy and pour the crown royal ?

    • Jasmin says:

      @reina, you should keep your candies separated. Mixing them can cause a funny flavor.
      Also, whiskey is a very very bold choice. I chose vodka because it seems to take to other flavors more. Maybe a clear rum depending on the candy. If you do whiskey, think of flavors that might pair well with it..otherwise stick with vodka or something that doesn’t burn so much on the way down. I love my whiskey but I don’t drink it as a sweet drink (maybe with cola but that’s it). Vodka, on the other hand ends up in a lot of sweet shots and cocktails for a reason.

  26. Andrew says:

    Does the vodka have to be kept refrigerated after it is infused? Sugar=bacterial growth, after all.

    • Jasmin says:

      Actually, doesn’t sugar inhibit bacterial growth? I’m no scientist, but based on your statement wouldn’t I have to refrigerate my bag of granulated sugar and corn syrup? Or would children’s cough syrup make children more ill? Or wouldn’t making fruit preserves in fact not preserve the fruit but cause it to rot more quickly?
      As long as you filter it, the liquor should store fine as regular liquor. Keep it in the fridge if it makes you more comfortable. That, and cold liquor goes down better.

      • Andrew says:

        Well in general the things bacteria need to grow are oxygen (unless they are anaerobic), water, and sugars. However, alcohol also kills bacteria (which is how purell works). My only question is whether the concentration of alcohol is high enough to prevent things from growing. In other words, do you suggest drinking it right away? I just don’t want to poison my girlfriend lol

        • Jasmin says:

          @Andrew, ah I see. Well that is nice of you to not want to poison your girlfriend. 😀
          I know it has at least a shelf life of one to two months, at least when I have made it.
          From others I gather nobody has had it spoil. You should be find but it beer hurts to pop in the fridge if you can or at least store in cool temp.

          • Andrew says:

            Okay! Thank you so much! I will start some sour patch watermelon infusing today, and I will give it a taste test for before giving it to her! 😀

          • Jasmin says:

            @Andrew, You’re awesome! Officially my fave couple of 2014. Feel free to ask any further questions, should you need.

  27. Sharanya says:

    Does the sour patch dissolve completely? I’m a vegetarian, and I’ve always wanted those vodka infused gummy bears but they have gelatin. So would the sour patch kids dissolve or soak up the vodka?

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  29. anya says:

    Hey! I realize this is really old, but was wondering about the sour patch kids. Do they dissolve completely or is there residue? i really like the gummy bears with vodka so was wondering if soaking it would do something like that

  30. Karan says:

    Jelly Belly now has flavored syrups for their shaved ice machines. I would like to make jello shots using the syrup (w/vodka) Do you think it will work?

    • Jasmin says:

      @karan, it won’t taste the same and might be much sweeter. You probably could just make a drink and then add the syrup into the drink, since there it isn’t really quite infusing the liquor if you are just adding some syrup.

  31. Carmecia says:

    Where can I find the glitter for the rim?

  32. ferriscam says:

    We make it with turkish delight and it tastes awesome!

  33. Kujo says:

    Dumb ??? how many taffy would it take for 6-7 jars and vodka oh and how long does this have to sit?

  34. Kujo says:

    ok Thank you

  35. Lynn says:

    I won a basket at a fundraiser with the candy, jars, vodka, recipes and ribbon to decorate. I am making Jolly Ranchers and gum balls, that is what candy came with it. Oh Ya and Skittles but I ate them before I could make the jars. I am giving them away for a Christmas party I have every year for the highest score in Pinball, Skittle Bowling pin game and Plinko. We have all that fun stuff in our game room. I also emptied a few flavored vodkas and Madori Liqueur to add to the regular vodka. my family will be my guinna pigs. That’s for the great ideas.

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  37. Mary says:

    My friend made me butterscotch infused vodka for my birthday this year! It was very good. Added a shot of it to hot chocolate and it was totally amazing! Your flavors sound great. Gonna make some different flavors for some co-worker christmas gifts this year!

  38. julie says:

    Full Melt Chocolate is Colorado’s favorite infused chocolate candy bar.Full Melt chocolates are organic fair trade premier brand of medicated chocolate bars. full melt chocolates are too delicious.

    • Jasmin says:

      @julie, “…….With the blink of an eye, you finally see the light
      It’s amazing
      When the moment arrives that you know you’ll be alright
      Oh, it’s amazing
      And I’m sayin’ a prayer for the desperate hearts tonight.
      Desperate hearts, desperate hearts.”

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  42. leash says:

    We did Redskin Vodka last week, it was amazing!! Bag of Redskins put into the vodka, it fully dissolves, not straining needed. We mixed it with Lemonade, very sweet by itself.

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