Beer Gummy Bears

I’m a sucker for kitchen gadgets and gizmos, so when I spotted gummy bear moulds for just £1 on Wish.com, I couldn’t resist. My parcel arrived with a tray to make the bears and a pipette to fill it with. Now, all I needed was the jelly to fill it with.

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My husband and his two grown sons are big fans of Belgium beer, so I thought it might be fun to have a go at some beer gummy bears. On my travels around Pinterest, I found this recipe, which requires just beer, sugar and powdered gelatin – I found one sachet is just over a tablespoon, so I used three sachets when making mine.

I measured out a cup of beer the best I could with the head frothing up and added it to a pan with the sugar and stirred on a low heat until the sugar dissolved, before adding the gelatin and mixing until that too had dissolved.

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Then, using the pipette, I filled the teddy moulds, making sure each teddy was filled to the top, gently popping any air bubbles. I found I had way too much liquid, so ended up filling anything I could find. But the recipe I followed does say you need three teddy bear mould trays.

I popped everything in the fridge for a few hours until set and then turned them out. There was a mixed response from the boys – my husband liked them, but his two sons, not so much. I thought they reminded me of the pint pot sweets I used to get as a child, but with more alcohol in them! In all seriousness, these do hold a lot of their alcohol content, so that’s worth keeping in mind if you’re driving.

I plan to try other concoctions now including gin and tonic and prosecco, so hopefully they’ll work too.

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Cheeseburger Wraps

I remember seeing this idea online a few years ago, sorry I cannot remember where, and I have been making my own stance on it ever since – Cheeseburger Wraps!

This is basically all of the elements of a cheeseburger, in non-burger form, served in a wrap.

I start with softening off a chopped onion, before adding minced beef and browning.

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Then, I drain most of the liquid from a tin of tomatoes, before adding in the nice chunks. I guess you could use fresh tomatoes chopped up for this. Allow to bubble together for a bit. Now for the fun! Pour in American-style mustard and ketchup – or any other condiments you like on your burger – and I add a little bit of dried basil too, along with some garlic powder and a good grind of black pepper.

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Now, add a couple of chopped gherkins – or dill pickles as some people call them – and finally, it’s time for the cheese. Personally, if it’s a cheeseburger, it has to be plastic cheese in my view, otherwise known as cheese squares.

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Allow it the cheese to melt and then serve in wraps – you may need a fork or a spoon, as they can get quite messy.

Of course, you could serve this with pasta or rice for an equally yummy dinner.

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