Homemade Gumdrops

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!

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  1. Ashley these are beautiful. I’ve seen these on Taste of Home and have wanted to make them. Do they honestly TASTE like gum drops? Totally intrigued!
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    • Aimee, they do actually taste like fruity gumdrops. The consistency isn’t quite the same, but it is pretty close. Next time I might pour them into a smaller pan so that they’ll set thicker and I can cut them out into actual gumdrop shapes. But they were fun to make, and my 5-year old loves them!

  2. I love this!!! I wish you posted this last week. I watched my 11 year old nephew last weekend and he LOVES gum drops! I’ll make these for him next time. Thanks for posting!

  3. Who knew? I think they turned out really pretty. So perfect for Christmas time!
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  4. I have seen them before in magazines but never thought to actually try it out. Yours are so pretty. I bet it was so much fun to make them with your little guy. So, I am curious too…do they taste like a gum drop?
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    • They do actually taste pretty close to a real (fruity) gumdrop. I actually prefer the spice flavored gumdrops, but Doodle wanted fruit flavors, so he was happy with how these turned out. 🙂

  5. I was just thinking I needed to find a recipe for gumdrops – how perfect! Thanks for sharing!!
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  6. Yum Yum Yum! Now I want to make more christmasy items!!! I am so going to put this on my gift giving list!
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  7. Who knew?! I bet they taste 10 times better than the store bought ones. Definitely giving this recipe a try.
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  8. This is a fun Christmas treat to make for friends!
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  9. These are gorgeous. What beautiful pictures.

  10. How fun! I love this idea and the fact that you can make them with kids! 🙂
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  11. What a great idea! These would be a great gift to give to loved ones or to use on a cookie buffet!
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  12. I had no idea that you could make your own gumdrops-or that they are so easy to make! I can’t wait to try these!

  13. Oh yum! I love gummy candies and these look fantastic and so easy to make. I love that they’re rolled in sugar too. I’m a sucker for sugar!
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  14. Hee hee you said rhombii. (I’m a total math geek, remember?) Love these!
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  15. I am definitely going to make these for Christmas. So pretty and quick. I love it.
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  16. I’m amazed that you can make gumdrops at home. I love this kind of stuff and they look so festive too.
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  17. So colourful and it’s not difficult at all to make! Cool!
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  18. You are awesome for making your own gumdrops!

  19. OH MY GAAAAWD. HOMEMADE GUMDROPS? Are you forrealsies?! Gumdrops are one of my favorite holiday candies, too!! I love the red and white ones especially and I LOVE licking all the sugar off first haha. Who knew they’d be so stinkin’ simple to make? (Now I do and that’s both AWESOME and super dangerous!) These look adorable and look like they taste delicious!!
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  20. I can’t stop thinking about what jello flavor I would use. These would be so fun to make! Pinning!
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  21. Are you kidding me? These are amazing! I love gumdrops and to be able to control the flavor, WIN! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  22. I knew you could make homemade gumdrops, but I have NEVER seen an easier recipe! No fussing with blooming, no worries about temperatures, just add, boil, stir, pour, wait, cut, roll, eat. I’m DEFINITELY going to try this one before my more complicated one!

    • I know, easy, right?!? I’m all about the easy stuff. 🙂 Hope you like these, and thank you for stopping by!

      • Okay, I made these last night. Word to the wise – Do NOT set these things on any unprepared surface!!! I made the mistake of flipping half the pan out onto a plate w/o spraying it, and it was like glue. Delicious glue, but glue! XD

        Also, I personally would not call these gumdrops. To me, they are far closer to the Sunkist Fruit Gems in texture! Hm, and I wonder…does the addition of applesauce make them a part of a balanced diet? ;D

  23. Dumb question … When making this do I add the water for the jello? Just wondering as the apple sauce is the only ‘liquid’.

  24. Samantha Henchman says:

    Just made these…. waiting the three hours for them to set 🙁

  25. penni taylor says:

    hi ashley, these look awesome but I am in the UK could you help me with some of the recipe pls? Jello is jelly right? so in the UK jelly is in little rubbery cubes that you add boiling water to to make a jelly. is jello the same? also how come you need to add gelatin in this recipe if you already added jello? also where does the jello get its water from to melt? sorry if I’m being stupid. also how much gelatin are in your US sachets? and what weight are the jello boxes, just so I know to compare with UK ones?

  26. penni taylor says:

    guh just seen that its 3 ounce boxes and you told someone else about not needing water! ooops sorry! also did you add any food colouring as they are so bright? P x

  27. My daughter and I made these this afternoon and are patiently waiting for them to set up. Do you store these in the airtight container in the refrigerator or at room temperature?

  28. I’m not a big fan of fruit flavored, but I wondered if you could substitute the jello for more gelatin and add mint or cinnamon flavoring?

  29. what could I use instead of applesauce as I am alergic to apples ans would love to try making them.


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