Wednesday, February 1, 2012


These little gems were seen on cook with sara.  I had to try making them.  They are cute, sweet and tasty.  Favorite daughter Morgan made these for christmas gifts. How about for Easter, in pastel colors.  So cute.  Thanks Sara for sharing. Go check out Sara's post.   

Homemade gum drops

2 cups sugar  
super fine sugar (optional) or use regular sugar to roll
1 1/3 cups applesauce
2 packages's (3 ounce) any flavor gelatin jello
2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
1 tsp lemon juice

Prepare a 9x13 inch cake pan with  non-stick Reynolds wrap allowing a over hang on each end. 

In a large saucepan add the 2 cups of sugar, applesauce, 2 packages of any flavor jello, and 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin and 1 tsp of lemon juice.  Let this set for a minute.  Then mix together and cook over medium high heat stirring constantly and bring this to a boil.  Allow to boil for one minute.  Remove from stove top and pour into the prepared baking pan.  Place on a level surface in the refrigerator for about 3 hours. Or until firm. 

Remove from the refrigerator and using the overhang of the foil lift this out and place on a flat surface.   Pull the sides of the foil down all around the gelatin.  You will have about a 1/2 inch high gelatin. I layed another piece of non-stick foil on the work surface and then flipped the gum drops unside down and peeled off the foil then I  dipped a pizza cutter in hot water and made my cuts. Try to keep your rows even. Keep dipping in hot water to keep the blade warm and that helps to cut the gum drops.  

Then start pulling the cut pieces apart.  You will have red fingers. Layed them onto the orginal piece of non stick foil to allow them to dry .  They need to dry for about 8 hours or until slightly sticky.  Then roll them in super fine granduated sugar.  Store in air tight containers you will get about 1 3/4 pounds of gum drops.     
Have fun
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  1. I've been wanting to try and make gum drops but the recipes I've seen all sound so complicated. This sounds pretty easy and I love that it's using the Jello so the flavor and sugar is already there.
    Thanks for the great directions, will be trying soon. Glad I saw this over at Mrs. Fox's.

  2. Andi, I'm so glad you tried these and that they turned out so beautifully. They are terribly addicting. Or wonderfully addicting. Perfect for Valentine's! Thanks for letting me know you made them!

  3. These are very impressive. I have never made anything like this. Wow!

  4. Hi Andi,
    So glad you came by Dolly Is Cooking. I am liking this recipe my kids and grandkids love this kind of stuff! I love the look in the giftbags...Thanks so much.

  5. Thanks so much for linking up to CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party!
    Hope to see you next Saturday……Have a blessed week:)

  6. These look soo good...and easy too. MMMM! Gotta try them soon..pinning for now!

  7. Gracious me! I MUST make these soon. Within an hour of pinning this recipe, there were atleast 25 others who REpinned! VERY popular...and I want to jump on the bandwagon. =) SO glad you shared.

  8. Love these! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites! I'm featuring you this week!

  9. Wow, these sound good! I love the use of flavored jello rather than the extracts that I used. Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking mine out. I'm going to have to try your recipe now and see which one I like better.