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Gumdrop Fudge

Making candy is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays. This sweet white fudge is as easy to put together as it is beautiful to serve. —Jennifer Short, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 3 pounds (81 pieces)


  • 1-1/2 pounds white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped gumdrops


  • Line a 9-in. square pan with foil; set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine the candy coating, milk and salt. Cook and stir over low heat until candy coating is melted. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and gumdrops.
  • Spread into prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Using foil, remove fudge from the pan; cut into 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 74 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 11mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Lisa
    Dec 6, 2018

    I just made this recipe a few days ago. It was extremely simple to make and it makes a lot! I agree, it is sweet, however I'm not planning on eating it by the handful! Hahahaha It has a great flavor, very pretty and the kids LOVE it! I had a hard time finding anything except spice drops this time of year so I also used Fruit Slices and warmed my knife is some warm water before cutting to make them easier to cut and they also didn't stick to the knife that way. Enjoy!!!

  • Toni
    Mar 10, 2018

    This turned out to be an absolute favorite of the kids. They love it. And it is so colorful. They seemed delighted by the stained glass effect of this fudge. Too cute.

  • dflack628
    Jan 8, 2018

    I made this recently and its delicious. I see a few folks said its too sweet, but I'm not sure I've ever had fudge that wasn't extremely sweet. I don't see gumdrops regularly in local stores, so I bought the fruit slices and cut them up with scissors without a problem. I cut them and coat the cut edges with a bit of sugar to keep them from sticking together. I used the white candy melts (Wilton). Other than using the fruit slices, I made the candy as directed and it turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing this version of fudge.

  • LuvYa
    Dec 17, 2017

    I went to 6 stores to get the gumdrops for this recipe and would consider myself an above average baker and cook but certainly feel stupid now after reading the other reviews for the gumdrop fudge and yes, I did purchase evaporated milk instead of condensed milk to make the fudge and after three days of it not setting, threw it all out - just have to admit how stupid I feel after not using the right product to make the fudge but willdefinitely will try again based on the other reviews - Maxine

  • Sheila
    Dec 15, 2017

    Tried this recipe twice with no success. The fudge never seems to set. What am I doing wrong. I followed the recipe instructions.

  • MusherABear
    Nov 29, 2017

    Awesome recipe, we've been doing this for years. I also like to use fruit slices instead of the gumdrop for more pizzazz and fruity flavors. It ships well too!

  • debpetersen
    Dec 20, 2016

    Very pretty on a tray of Christmas cookies, but very, very sweet

  • AnitaLBraden
    Dec 3, 2016

    A very pretty fudge. I prefer chocolate fudge myself, but I love how pretty a gift this makes. When I sliced the gum drops (use the "spice ones for better flavor", I placed the sliced pieces in a bowl of white sugar to keep them from sticking to one another. Easy to do and so nice for gift giving!

  • heldal
    Dec 7, 2015

    I have made these the last two years. Instead of the gumdrops I use chopped up dried apricots and 2 bags of white chocolate chips instead of the coating. Easy, very delicious, and perhaps a tad more nutritious.

  • knollbrookcook
    Dec 18, 2014

    Delicious and easy. Looks very pretty on a plate of goodies!