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These Homemade Gumdrops are the perfect treat to make for friends and family during the holidays! Made with just a handful of ingredients – including applesauce – this easy gumdrop are sure to become a holiday tradition! A Christmas favorite with our family!Check out these Christmas favorites too:Buttermilk Pecan Pralines, Martha Washington Candies, and Christmas Peppermint Patties.

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Homemade Gumdrops

Making homemade candies for Christmas is the highlight of the season for me. We love making fudge, divinity, and all sorts of treats! This easy recipe for homemade gumdrops is sure to be a new family favorite for you too!

This recipe is not only easy, but perfect for kids that want to help out. Now, you’re going to want to make two batches so that you have contrasting colors. I, obviously, chose red and green for Christmas, but any combination of colors you like will work.

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You’re going to love how easy these gumdrops are to make! It’s like making Jell-O and then dipping them in sugar – so simple yet so delicious!

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What Ingredients Do I Need For Gumdrops

You’ll need the six-ounce Jell-O boxes as well as unflavored gelatin to make the gumdrops. The best part of making the gumdrops is the leftover tidbits after cutting out the shapes. I cut them down into small pieces, rollin sugar and the boys and I have been enjoying the “scraps” and saving the pretties for gifts 🙂

  1. Applesauce
  2. Sugar
  3. Jello
  4. Unflavored Gelatin
  5. Lemon Juice

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What Else Do I Need?

You will need a set of small, metal cookie cutters to cut out the gumdrops.

I like to have an assortment of cellophane treat bags on hand during the holiday season. It makes giving gifts that much more special. I think they look so cute!

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The gumdrops do need to sit out overnight, or for about 8 hours before they are rolled in sugar so make sure you calculate that into your time.

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Store the gumdrops in an airtight container or package up for small gifts. Teachers really LOVE these gumdrops!

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We are OBSESSED with candy making during the holidays. Make sure to give some of our favorite a try!

  • Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
  • Chocolate Covered Mint Patties
  • Peppermint Mocha Fudge
  • Maple Nut Fudge
  • Coconut Macaroons

I hope you give this easy recipe a try this year! Merry Christmas!

How To Make Homemade Gumdrops

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Homemade Gumdrops

These Homemade Gumdrops are the perfect treat to make for friends and family during the holidays! Made with just a handful of ingredients – including applesauce – these gumdrops are sure to become a holiday tradition! A Christmas favorite with our family!

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Keyword candy, Christmas, dessert, gumdrop, gumdrops

Prep Time 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time 5 minutes minutes

Resting Time 8 hours hours

Total Time 10 minutes minutes

Servings 60

Calories 46kcal

Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • cups granulated sugar divided
  • cups applesauce - no sugar added
  • 6 oz Jello {i.e. cherry, lime, etc.}
  • ½ oz unflavored gelatin 2 envelopes
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

  • Combine 2 cups sugar, applesauce, Jell-O, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Stir to combine. Let stand for 1 minute.

  • Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.

  • Boil for 1 minute and then immediately pour into prepared baking dish.

  • Refrigerate until firm - about three hours should do it. I left mine in overnight.

  • Cover a large cutting board with parchment paper and sprinkle with sugar.

  • Loosen the sides of the gelatin with a spatula and invert onto parchment paper.

  • Use small, sharp cookie cutters to cut out gumdrops. If needed, you can dip the cutters into hot water first. You may need to periodically rinse off the cutters as well to keep them clean.

  • Leave the cutout gumdrops on top of the sugar-coated parchment paper for about 8 hours or until just slightly sticky.

  • Roll the gumdrops in the remaining sugar and store in an airtight container.



Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 4mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg

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More easy holiday treats!

Reese’s Holiday Pretzel Bites

Easy Christmas Peppermint Patties

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How to make a fake gumdrop? ›

  1. Sand the surface of the plastic cups a bit to give them some texture.
  2. Mix the textures of glitter until blended together.
  3. Coat the cup with adhesive by either painting on mod podge or applying spray adhesive all over.
  4. Sprinkle the glitter mixture onto the cup.

What are gum drops made of? ›

Fruit flavored gumdrops
Main ingredientspectin, granulated sugar, flavoring
VariationsSpice drops
Media: Gumdrop

What are the ingredients in dots? ›

Ingredients: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Food Starch-Modified, Malic Acid, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Sodium Citrate, Artificial Colors (Including FD&C Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1).

What is the most popular gumdrop flavor? ›

No matter who invented them, gumdrops are certainly delicious, and the most popular flavors for gumdrops are cherry, orange, lemon, grape, and licorice. Gumdrops are also a candy that's typically seen during Christmas time due to its use of spices.

Do gumdrops have gelatin in them? ›

Candy gum drops are made from sugar, corn syrup and a gelling agent (a natural polymer!) such as starch, pectin, natural gum or gelatin. The gelling agents swell when they absorb water, forming a gel.

What flavor is the purple gumdrop? ›

Red gumdrops in a normal mix are cherry, in a spice mix they are cinnamon. Likewise, orange = clove; yellow =allspice; green = spearmint; purple = anise; white = wintergreen or peppermint; and black = licorice.

Who invented gum drops? ›

In 1915 a candy maker named Percy Truesdell started producing a gumdrop with an enhanced texture, using a formula he developed while conducting experiments at Ohio State University. Truesdell came to be known as "The Gumdrop King" and is credited with inventing the modern soft gumdrop.

What is the difference between gumdrops and spice drops? ›

Gumdrops are fruit-flavored and spice drops are, well, spicier with flavors like clove, anise, etc.

What flavor were the candy gumdrops that preceded the dots? ›

It Started with a Crow. The story of Dots actually begins with Crows, Dots' black licorice forefather. Today, black licorice is a pretty polarizing flavor, but back in the 1890's when Crows came out, black licorice was fan favorite!

Are there black dots in candy? ›

Bat Dots are black-colored Dots that are blood orange flavored.

What do dots stand for? ›

​DOTS stands for: Deformities. Open wounds. Tenderness. Swelling.


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