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, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 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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jmbullock User ID: 3278397 238650
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 :)"

MY REVIEW User ID: 4803062 238569
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!"

funf00d User ID: 8169095 215303
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."

FLbaker User ID: 5535727 74665
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."

SusieTR1 User ID: 10010 159671
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."

csublet User ID: 4739275 133654
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2013

"These were delicious but too soft. I think I will add another package of unflavored gelatin next time. Also I had to dry them some more after sugar coating them and after a day they were still quite soft. Maybe my humidity was too high."

debs951 User ID: 4246813 159670
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

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Thanks for the info!  I have a few diabetics in the family who will no longer be left without these tasty little trats!  *treats*

debs951 User ID: 4246813 159669
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"Thanks for the info!  I have a few diabetics in the family who will no longer be left without these tasty little trats!


lizs88m User ID: 6420089 133651
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"I made them "adult" style...using a cheesecloth I strained the applesauce and substituted tequila for the liquid that strained out. then rolled them in a vanilla rim sugar. BIG HIT!!"

jws353 User ID: 6464039 74433
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"Just a note answering my own question. I made these gumdrops with sugar free Jello and Splenda baking sugar. I even rolled them in the Splenda and they are just as good. I even used a silicone mold and it released (relatively) easily with just a bit if oil. Valentine's day..Yummy."

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