Homemade Gumdrops

Kathleen Riemer



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2 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 1/2 cups applesauce {i used natural, no sugar added}
2 pkgs {3 ounces each} red or green gelatin {i.e. cherry, lime, etc.}
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin {.25 oz each}
1 tsp lemon juice {i used bottled}

How to Make Homemade Gumdrops


  • 1Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Place in refrigerator.
    Combine 2 cups sugar, applesauce, red OR green gelatin, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Let stand for 1 minute. Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute and then immediately pour into cold baking dish. Refrigerate until firm {about three hours should do it. I left mine in overnight.}
    Loosen the sides of the gelatin with a spatula and invert onto cutting board or waxed paper. You can see how firm it is here:
    Use small, sharp cookie cutters to cut out gumdrops. It helps to dip the cutters into hot water first.
    Sprinkle sugar over a piece of waxed paper and place gumdrops on top of sugar. Let dry for about 8 hours or until slightly sticky.
    Roll in remaining sugar and store in an airtight container.

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About Homemade Gumdrops

Course/Dish: Candies