So.  Did you guys know you could make your own gumdrops?

Well, you totally can.

Maybe this isn’t news to you, but it sure was to me.

Gumdrops are one of my all-time favorite holiday candies.  When I found out that I could make them myself–and that they are super easy to do–I just might have done a little happy dance.

Doodle did, too, and has been asking me for “those gumdrops” nonstop over the last few days.

What can I say, he takes after his mama.

These fun little holiday candies take less than 10 minutes to mix up, though do require some chilling time before cutting.  You could definitely jazz them up even more by using small cookie cutters to cut them out into fun holiday shapes.

Since I had a very impatient 5-year old “assisting” me with these, I simply used a pizza cutter to slice my gumdrops into squares/rectangles/rhombii.  Maybe not quite so pretty, but it got the job done.  🙂  And Doodle had a lot of fun rolling these in sugar.  We just won’t talk about how much sugar was on the kitchen floor when we finished.

Homemade Gumdrops
  • 2 cups sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 1⅓ cups applesauce, unsweetened
  • 2 small (3-ounce boxes) Jello, any flavor
  • 2 envelopes unsweetened gelatin
  1. Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Allow ingredients to stand for 1 minute, then bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir constantly an allow mixture to boil for 1 minute.
  3. Immediately pour mixture into your prepared pan and refrigerate until firm, 2 to 3 hours.
  4. To shape your candies, loosen the sides of the mixture from the pan with a spatula, and turn out onto a cutting board. Cut out gumdrops with a cookie cutter, pizza cutter or knife. If the candy sticks to your knife, trying running it under hot water first.
  5. Roll candies in extra sugar and place on wax paper until slightly dry. Store in an airtight container.
recipe from Taste of Home

If you’re interested in participating in the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats, stop by Brenda’s blog to sign up!

And if you missed them, here’s what I made over the last few weeks:

{Week One}: Apple Pie Bread
{Week Two}: Double Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
{Week Three}: Melting Snowmen {Chocolate Mint} Cookies
{Week Four}: Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies


Have a great Thursday, and be sure to check out the other yummy treats below!

I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Whip it Up Wednesdays, Watcha’ Whipped Up Wednesdays, Eat, Pray {Read}, Love, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos, I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, Weekend Potluck, and Six Sister’s Stuff!