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Goody-Goody Gumdrops

 Goody-Goody Gumdrops
Jewel-toned squares made by SueAnn Bunt of Painted Post, New York are softer than store-bought gumdrops.
64 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1-1/4 cups water, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Green and red food coloring
  • Additional sugar

Directions

  • In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup water; let stand for 5
  • minutes. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and remaining water to a
  • boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add the gelatin; reduce
  • heat. Simmer and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir
  • in extract.
  • Divide mixture into two small bowls; add four drops green food
  • coloring to one bowl and four drops red to the other. Pour into two
  • greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Chill 3 hours or until firm.
  • Loosen edges from pan with a knife; turn onto a sugared board. Cut
  • into 1/2-in cubes; roll in sugar. Let stand at room temperature,
  • uncovered, for 3-4 hours, turning every hour so all sides dry. Cover
  • and chill. Yield: about 1 pound.