Quick & Easy Gumdrops Recipe
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Quick & Easy Gumdrops Recipe

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These homemade candies are softer than store-bought. They've got that classic, fun appeal that people really love. —Leah Rekau, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:64 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 64 servings


  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup plus 3/4 cup water, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon raspberry extract
  • Red food coloring
  • Additional sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without additional sugar): 19 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup water; let stand 5 minutes. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and remaining water to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add gelatin; reduce heat. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in extract and food coloring as desired.
  2. Pour into a greased 8-in.-square pan. Refrigerate, covered, 3 hours or until firm.
  3. Loosen edges of candy from pan with a knife; turn onto a sugared work surface. Cut into 1-in squares; roll in sugar. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature 3-4 hours or until all sides are dry, turning every hour. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 1 pound (64 pieces).
Editor's Note: For lemon gumdrops, use lemon extract and yellow food coloring. For orange gumdrops, use orange extract, yellow food coloring and a drop of red food coloring.
Originally published as Quick & Easy Gumdrops in Taste of Home February/March 2014

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proberts14 User ID: 1767183 196994
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

"Great recipe. I used lemon as it's my kids favorite flavor."

karynp6 User ID: 867957 127925
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"I made them exactly as the recipe suggested and they were awesome, but I think next time I want to try cinnamon flavoring to take it up to the next level :-)"

rena 55 User ID: 1935799 189638
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"These were easy to make and had a great taste. I used strawberry extract. I did leave them out over night to dry. My daughter loved them!"

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