Homemade Gumdrops Recipe
- 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
- 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 11x7-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.
1 each: 35 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
Reviews for Homemade Gumdrops
"These were excellent! And easier to make than I expected. Careful, though, they're really easy to "sample" before taking to their intended gathering :)"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Thanks for the info! I have a few diabetics in the family who will no longer be left without these tasty little trats! *treats*"
"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!!"
"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."
"Excellent! I used strawberry applesauce with strawberry gelatin, and the entire tray of candy was gone at the New Year's Eve party. Everyone raved about how good they are! I didn't notice until cutting that there was a thin layer of pink, while the rest was red. Was it 2 colors for anyone else? Absolutely will make again!"
"How chewy are these suppose to be? My gumdrops are more of the texture of a firm "jello jiggler". I was hoping for chewy gumdrop and it sounds like others got the desired results. I did not chill the pans, it was very cool in the house- is this a critical step? I will try this again if the texture is suppose to be gum drop chewy."
"I was ready to commit suicide trying to get them out of the pan...then off my fingers...I must have done something wrong...even tried the blow dryer to heat bottom of pan. I will make again and put them in a zip lock to toss with sugar...but only after reading a few reviews and see what I did wrong...they are going out on Greyhound today...hope they love them!"
"So easy and so yummy. I can't wait to try different flavors. I didn't have a cookie cutter small enough, so I took the bubble ball off the end of a plastic baster. I used the large end hole of the baster to cut, and the gumdrops actually were largest at the bottom and tapered up to the top. They look like store bought gumdrops."
"Love these..I made them and took them to work..many great comments. Someone asked whether they could be made sugar free. Has anyone tried with Splenda? I also wonder what to roll them in. I did not have the correct sized pan so I used two bread pans and they worked well but, as someone already mentioned, the first batch was hard to get off of the waxed paper. I just sprinkled the paper with sugar for the second batch. Going to do it again for Valentine's Day."
"My family loved these!!! I did spray the wax paper with oil and that worked great but cut them with a pizza cutter and it was so easy! Will def add this recipe to my favorites!!!"
"Yummy! I used other flavors of gelatin, too, with very good results! Diamond walnut had a cookbook years ago that had a similar recipe that included 2 T. of red hot cinnamon candies AND I think about 1/2 cup of ground walnuts - also very good!"
"Love this creative recipe. I made it easy on myself and used saran type wrap sprayed with cooking spray.Did a little research and found 1 packet of knox gelatin is the amount that is in each 4 serving packet of jello. The rest is sugar and flavoring. So, if someone wanted to make cinnamon, they could use cinnamon oil, cinnamon applesauce and enough sugar to equal the amount found in jello by package weight. The lady with the red hots in the applesauce was spot on for the cinnamon taste."
"These taste really good but they were a total pain to get off the waxed paper. I ended up flipping the batch over onto a 2nd piece of waxed paper and found that the hot water was essential for cutting. My fingers even got sticky. The water helped with that too. I used non-stick foil for my cut pieces."
"How could I make the red ones cinnamon?? Any ideas."
"These are very good and fun to make. But you do need to spray your waxed paper with cooking spray so the gelatin won't stick. I am making more tomorrow!!"
"I wouldn't use oil flavoring with these. The flavor comes from the gelatin, try different flavors of that instead."
"This was so easy....everyone at my office asked for the recipe! Making another batch tonight!"
"These are sooooo good. Had to make two batches so everyone could have 2nds and thirds. Had to make a 3rd batch to have some for tomorrow."
"Can you add oil flavors for different flavors?"
"Since we first saw this recipe, we've been making them. They're so delicious and fun!!"
"very good tasting. a little tricky getting out of pan and off the wax paper but very good tasting."