People Are Making Candy Vodka In Their Dishwasher (And We’re So On Board)

Bobbie Edsor

From Delish

Remember in 2013 when people were putting Skittles in their bottles of vodka then running it through the dishwasher to melt the Skittles and create a delicious “liqueur”?

Well, that super smart boozy hack has now evolved into something bigger and grander and more impressive. They do say people rise to new heights in times of adversity.

Facebook user Damion Stiles posted some photos this week about his efforts to turn is favourite gummy sweets, Drumstick Squashies, into a liqueur. He used the classic dishwasher trick and, behold, Squashies vodka.

Photo credit: Damion Stiles - Facebook

The post went viral and Damion’s singlehandedly kickstarted a dishwasher vodka renaissance. Thank you, Damion.

The technique is simple: get a glass bottle of vodka with at least one third of its contents poured out (or drunk), then pop in some of your favourite sweets (about 200g - 300g should do it). If they’re soft and small like Squashies, you might be able to fit them in whole. Harder or larger sweets light Lemon Sherberts, Rhubarb & Custards and chocolates might need to be chopped to fit inside the bottle.

Then it’s just a case of screwing on the lid as tightly as you can, popping your vodka bottle into an EMPTY dishwasher and running it on its hottest cycle. It’s important you don’t add any dirty dishes to the cycle as this could cause contamination.

Photo credit: Damion Stiles - Facebook

You also want to run the dishwasher without adding a dishwasher capsule or any detergent, just in case any chemicals manage to make their way into the vodka. Squashies vodka = yum. Squashies and detergent vodka = potentially poison.

A dishwasher’s hottest setting is usually around 70℃ - which is hot enough to melt the sweets without burning off any of the alcohol in the vodka.

Once your dishwasher’s run its course and your vodka has had a chance to chill, you should have a bottle of glorious candy vodka! Simply enjoy on its own over ice or topped up with lemonade or tonic. Stunning.

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People were rightly astounded by Damion’s delicious creation and have gone about making all manner of tasty liqueurs. Boiled sweets like Pears Drops and Rhubarb & Custards, gummies like Haribo and Gummy Bears, toffees like Werther’s Originals and even chocolates like After Eights and Mars Bars have now found their way into vodka bottles. What a time to be alive.

We’re also pretty sure that candy vodkas have the potential to make some of the most delicious cocktails to ever exist. Tangfastics Cosmopolitan, anyone? How about a Werther’s Original Espresso Martini?

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