Mix together and set aside; gumdrops, fruits, nuts and coconut.
Cream together; butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly.
In a septerate bowl, sift dry ingredients together.
To the creamed mixture, add alternately, buttermilk and dry ingredients, stirring until well blended.
Mix batter with fruit and nut mixture. Spoon into well greased loaf pans making sure there are no air pockets, filling at least 3/4 full. Yield; 5 medium and 6 small loaves. Bake at 250 degrees for approx. 3 hours. They should be golden brown but not over-baked. Insert a toothpick into the cake part and check for doneness.