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Quick & Easy Gumdrops

 Quick & Easy Gumdrops
These homemade candies are softer than store-bought. They've got that classic fun appeal that people really love. —Leah Rekau, Greendale, Wisconsin
64 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Pour into a greased 8-in.-square pan. Refrigerate, covered, 3 hours
  • or until firm.
  • 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.

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