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Homemade Gumdrops

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 9 hr 0 min
  • Servings 24
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It's super easy to make your own sweet and chewy gumdrops. Experiment with flavors to create tastes that are uniquely yours.
By Stephanie Wise
Updated Jun 19, 2012
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  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    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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