Monday, December 5, 2011


Homemade gumdrops! They're so fun to make, so easy, and SO delicious. Best of all, they are so impressive. They are a festive addition to a cookie tray and make a delightful gift as well.

Have I given you enough reasons to make these??? For a even more festive look, you can make two batches: one red and one green. I made only red, which was probably a good idea since they're so delicious I couldn't stop eating them. One more batch would have been seriously detrimental to my waistline...

Let's get cooking! In a large saucepan, combine 2 cups of the sugar, applesauce,

red (any flavor red you like - I used raspberry - or use green!) gelatin,

unflavored gelatin

and lemon juice. Let this mixture stand for 1 minute. Then stir together and cook over medium heat.

Bring this to a boil (still over medium heat) while stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute.

Line a 9x13 baking dish with Reynolds Release foil, with the release side up. Immediately pour the hot liquid into the foil lined dish.

Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm. To remove, lift the foil out of the pan, then invert the candy onto more release foil and peel back the top layer of foil.

Use a sharp knife to cut the candy into 1-inch squares or use cookie cutters to make more creative shapes. (It might be helpful to dip the knife in hot water.) Place the cubes back on the release foil (either the top or bottom sheet - likely you'll need both).

Dry the gumdrops at room temperature for about 8 hours or until slightly sticky. Place the remaining sugar in a small bowl, and roll the gumdrops in the sugar

to coat them on all sides.

One year ago: Cinnamon Sugar Muffins
Two years ago: Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

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2 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 1/3 cups applesauce
2 packages (3 ounces each) red or green gelatin, any flavor
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 tsp. lemon juice

In a large saucepan, combine 2 cups sugar, applesauce, red or green gelatin, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice; let stand for 1 minute. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Immediately pour into a 9x13 baking dish lined with Reynolds Release foil. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.

Lift the gelatin out of the pan with the foil and invert onto another piece of release foil. Peel back the top sheet of release foil, but do not discard. Using a sharp knife or small sharp cookie cutters dipped on hot water, cut the candy into 1-inch squares or shapes.

Place cut pieces back on release foil. Dry at room temperature for about 8 hours or until slightly sticky. Roll in remaining sugar. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 1 3/4 pounds.


  1. My daughter wants to make some gumdrops. I will sent her to your page. They look nice and not that hard to make. Nice post Andi

  2. I never knew that you could make those with apple sauce.

  3. My mother-in-law would love these. I am going to make some up and send them to her. Thanks!Come over and visit us and check out or pretzel Heath bark. And be sure to register to win our great party dress giveaway. Tomorrow is the last day to register. Look for the Shabby Apple post and register!

  4. Wow! I made homemade gumdrops using the sugar and corn syrup method...I'm definitely going to have to try it with applesauce!

  5. this might be fun to make my own gumdrops think I may give it a whirl come see me at

  6. What a great recipe! My daughter would love these. Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

  7. I didn't realise you could make gumdrops so easily! What a great recipe! Your step by step tutorial is wonderful. Thank you for sharing it with Let's Do Brunch.

  8. This will be going into some Christmas baskets this year.

  9. Yum I never knew these would be so easy to make! I want to make Xmas baskets with goodies for my friends this year so these will be great- and I'll try your suggestion for two colors!

  10. I made these over the holidays and I used wax paper instead of tin foil... bad idea. Everyone loved them but I thought that they turned out like they were lacking a bit of flavor, any suggestions for that?

  11. Lana, I'm not sure why that happened. The ones I made with raspberry gelatin were delicious.

  12. Hi Sara just wanted to share with you that I made these little gum drops. Thanks for the recipe Andi


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