Homemade Gumdrops

It's super easy to make your own sweet and chewy gumdrops. Experiment with flavors to create tastes that are uniquely yours.

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  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 33 hr 0 min
  • Servings 24

envelopes unflavored gelatin
cup cold water
cup water
cups sugar
Food color
Flavored extract
Additional sugar


  • 1 Lightly spray candy molds or miniature muffin cups with cooking spray.
  • 2 In large bowl, sprinkle gelatin on 1/2 cup cold water; set aside.
  • 3 In small saucepan, heat 3/4 cup water and 2 cups sugar to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 5 minutes until sugar is dissolved and mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat; carefully add to gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin is dissolved.
  • 4 Divide mixture into 4 small bowls (or more, depending on how many colors/flavors you want). Tint each bowl with 4 to 5 drops food color, then stir in 1/2 teaspoon extract. Carefully spoon mixture into molds. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight until set.
  • 5 Carefully remove gumdrops from molds, using a butter knife as needed to coax gumdrops from molds. Roll gumdrops in sugar; place on waxed paper. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours to crystallize slightly. Store tightly covered at room temperature.


Expert Tips

Combine flavored extracts for unique flavors, like vanilla-orange and lemon-lime.

Don’t have candy molds or a mini muffin tin? Use mini loaf pans and cut the gelatin into squares to remove.

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