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Goody-Goody Gumdrops

Jewel-toned squares made by SueAnn Bunt of Painted Post, New York are softer than store-bought gumdrops.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + standing Cook: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 1 pound (64 pieces). {pls. confirm wt. since we're increasing the sugar)


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


  • In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup water; let stand 5 minutes. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and remaining 3/4 cup water to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add gelatin mixture; simmer and stir over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in extract.
  • Divide mixture between two bowls; tint one red and the other green with food coloring. Transfer each to a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan; cool completely. Refrigerate, covered, 3 hours or until firm.
  • Loosen sides from pan with a knife; turn onto a sugared cutting board. Cut into 1/2-in. cubes; roll in additional sugar.
  • Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature 3-4 hours or until all sides are dry, turning every hour.

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  • bikenviken
    Nov 10, 2008

    Oh... and it was kind of annoying to have to keep them in the fridge all the time...

  • bikenviken
    Nov 10, 2008

    These were good but I found them to be a little too sticky.