Gumdrops : tutorial


We made some yummy gumdrops for C1’s birthday party.  We don’t have a lot of flavor options on hand, so they are all lemon flavor.  Maybe peppermint would have been better.  THIS is the recipe I followed (thank you Pintrest); but in my tutorial I made a few changes that I thought helpful in the process.

Recipe from the bakerella website with  my notes and changes in blue.


4 Tbsp gelatin (that’s about 6 envelopes) it only took us 5 packs to get the 1/4 cup (which is the same as 4 Tbsp.)
1 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups boiling water
4 cups sugar
1/4 tsp flavored extract like lemon or peppermint we used lemon
1-2 drops food coloring I used 3 colors
extra sugar for coating


  • In a large pot, soften gelatin in cold water for five minutes.
  • Stir in boiling water until gelatin dissolves.
  • Stir in sugar.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 25 minutes. to softball stage on your candy thermometer.  Stir constantly.
  • Pour mixture into 4 – 3X5 pans. be sure to grease your pans before pouring in the mixture, it will make it easier to get them out.
  • Add 1/4 tsp extract and 1-2 drops food color to each pan. I added the flavor before separating into the pans and colored each pan.
  • Stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Cover pan and chill overnight in the fridge.
  • Cut gelatin mixture into 3/4 inch cubes using a knife dipped in hot water.
  • The gelatin may pull, but continue cutting.
  • Separate cubes and roll in sugar until coated on all sides. When handling the gumdrops to coat with sugar, rub a small amount of Crisco or butter on your fingers.  This is sticky stuff people; a little fat on your fingers will help.
  • Place gumdrops on wax paper and leave at room temperature for two days to crystallize.

Store in an airtight container.
Makes about 8 dozen 3/4 inch gumdrops.


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