Homemade Gumdrops Recipe
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Homemade Gumdrops Recipe

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Your friends and family will remember these chewy, fruity candies long after they've licked the last bit of sugar off their fingers! They're a great gift any time of year. —Christin Holt, Kingsburg, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + standing
MAKES:70 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + standing
MAKES: 70 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1-1/3 cups applesauce
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) red or green gelatin
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 35 calories, trace fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (8g sugars, trace fiber), trace protein


  1. In a large saucepan, combine 2 cups sugar, applesauce, red or green gelatin, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice; let stand for 1 minute. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Immediately pour into a cold 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.
  2. With a spatula, loosen gelatin from sides of pan. To remove, invert onto waxed paper. Using kitchen scissors or small sharp cookie cutters dipped on hot water, cut into 1-in. squares or shapes.
  3. Place on waxed paper. Dry at room temperature for about 8 hours or until slightly sticky. Roll in remaining sugar. Store in an airtight container. Yield: About 1-3/4 pounds.
Originally published as Homemade Gumdrops in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2004, p27

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Reviewed Dec. 3, 2015

"These were excellent! And easier to make than I expected. Careful, though, they're really easy to "sample" before taking to their intended gathering :)"

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"I can't believe I just came upon this recipe. I have been making these since I was in high school. (Graduated in 82 ) Love this candy. You can use any flavor of jello. My 28 year old son asks for them every year!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"I thought they were too sweet so I increased the lemon and decreased the sugar, better for me. I also turned out my second batch onto a sugar lined board and sprinkled sugar on top before I cut them. Soooo much easier to handle second batch."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"Very good recipe. These are not chewy corn syrup gumdrops... these are more like a soft fruit gel. I halved the recipe because I only bought one box each of two flavors. It worked great. I used black cherry and for green I used "Jolly Rancher Green Apple gelatin" that I found at Wal-Mart. The only reason I didn't give it a 5-star is because they really remind me of Jello jigglers rolled in sugar. The flavors are good but very jello-artificial if you know what I mean Kids loved them."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"Yummy! I Just Made some Cherry Gumdrops that have turned out wonderul!! Will be making the Lime/ Green ones tonight! Very Easy, the hardest part is cutting them up, and that is NOT heard at all."

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