I must be comin’ up in the world, y’all! Because I got an application for a Mastercard Black Card.
For those of you not familiar with the Black Card, it’s a hoity-toity, metal (!) card that comes with $100 of annual airline credits, $100 of Global Entry Applications (expedited re-entry into the U.S. when traveling internationally), VIP airport lounge access and an average of $500 in benefits/services per stay at over 3,000 properties. That last bit being in the form of room upgrades, free food/beverages, resort/spa credits and “welcome amenities” (whatever that means).
All for the high, high cost of $495 a year! Oh, plus $195 per authorized user. But guys, I get Luxury Magazine too. I can’t lose with this card!
Needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway), I won’t be applying for a card. But it’s always nice to be wanted.
Now as to what you really came for: alcoholic gummy bear popsicles.
As you may recall, I’m having a big party for my 40th. (Well, a party with my trivia group, which adds up to 12-14 people. So “big” by my standards.) I was looking for something fun to make for the party, and I found a recipe for alcoholic gummy bear popsicles. What better to have at a boozy party on a hot August night?
The recipe is actually pretty simple. You soak the gummy bears in vodka for eight to 12 hours, then plunk them into a popsicle mold with some juice, and freeze for another eight to 12 hours.
The soaking part went pretty easily. I did just a small test batch, so I tossed 10 gummies into a coffee cup and poured in just enough vodka to cover them. Then I put plastic wrap over the cup (you don’t want the alcohol evaporating) and left it overnight.
About nine hours later, I scooped the gummies out with a spoon. A little harder than it sounds because they were starting to get a little floppy. I guess that just proves they were nice and drunk.
I plunked them into a dollar store popsicle mold and poured juice over them. The recipes tend to call for light liquids (lemonade or lemon-lime soda) to better show the cool visual effect of floating, colorful gummy bears. Which is nice and all, but I’m not serving lemon popsicles. Ick. So I chose cran-grape and cran-blackberry because that’s what I bought for the party.
Now, my method is different than some of the recipes. Some suggest freezing the juice for 90 minutes, then poking the bears down into different spots of the slush. Others suggest layer-freezing: pour in a little juice, plunk in a gummy bear or two, freeze for two hours, plunk a few more down, wait another two hours, then do the third and final layer.
I personally don’t have the patience for that. And since I was using an opaque liquid, I wasn’t too keen on worrying about surprise frozen gummy bears, which can’t be great for the teeth. So I chose the post that suggested letting the little buggers just sit at the bottom of the mold. Which was both good and bad.
The good is that the alcohol kept the top from freezing too much, making it easier to access the gummy bears. The bad is that all of the gummy bears were gone within two chomps (the recipe only called for 5 gummies per popsicle), leaving me with a three-inch chunk of boring old regular frozen juice. I can’t imagine anyone at a party finishing that much alcohol-less popsicle.
Worse, I had both popsicles — well, the gummies out of both popsicles, then I lost interest — and 10 gave me only a very mild buzz. That’s a big deal because I feel the effects of booze easily. Clearly, these weren’t going to get anyone even remotely drunk.
So best case scenario I’d have to put at least 10 gummies per popsicle. (Assuming that the popsicle would even solidify properly with that many vodka-soaked gummies, which would lower the freezing point.) So 10 gummies per popsicle for probably 12 popsicles. Sounds like a lot, though it’s actually only about two $1 bags of gummies. Not a huge investment.
But 10 gummies per popsicle means I’d have to layer the dang things, which seems like too much work for the result to be only a very mild buzz. I know partygoers will be drinking and not just relying on the gummies, but I still feel like it’s something people would get overly excited about, then be disappointed by the lack of real results.
So I’m afraid these won’t be at my party. But if you’re looking for an eye-catching party treat (and don’t mind lemon popsicles), then this is definitely a must-have at your next shindig.
Have you ever gotten a Black Card application? Would you make gummy bear popsicles?