Make Your Own Gumdrops

These chewy goodies can be tailored to the occasion: For Christmas, use red and green food coloring and peppermint extract; for spring, try yellow and orange coloring and lemon or orange extract. Children will want to help make them. For more on how to make candy, and other delicious homemade candy recipes, click here.

IngredientsNumber of servings: Makes about 1 pound candy

  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon flavoring extract of choice
  • 2 food colorings of choice
  • Additional sugar

    How to make it  

  • 1

    In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 cup of the water; let the mixture stand for 5 minutes.

  • 2

    In a small saucepan over moderate heat, combine the sugar and the remaining water; bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Add the gelatin mixture and reduce the heat. Simmer the mixture, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the flavoring extract.

  • 3

    Divide the mixture, placing each half into a small bowl for the desired color; add 2 to 4 drops of the desired color into each bowl and stir until the color is even.

  • 4

    Lightly grease two 8 x 4 x 2-inch loaf pans. Pour from 1 bowl into 1 prepared pan; repeat with the remaining bowl and pan. Place the loaf pans in the refrigerator and chill until the mixture is firm, about 3 hours.

  • 5

    Lightly coat a work surface with sugar and fill a small saucer with sugar; cover a baking sheet with wax paper. Using a sharp knife, loosen the edges of the gumdrop mixture from the sides of the pans, then turn the mixture out onto the prepared surface. Cut the gumdrops into 1/2-inch cubes. Roll each cube in the sugar in the saucer until the gumdrop is completely coated. Place the gumdrops on the prepared baking sheet and let them stand at room temperature, uncovered, until they are dry on all sides, 3 to 4 hours; turn the gumdrops every hour to allow each side to dry. Cover the gumdrops with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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