Melissa's Cuisine: Homemade Gumdrops

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Homemade Gumdrops

Did Valentine's Day sneak up on you this year?  Or were you planning for it weeks in advance?  If you're in the latter group--kudos to you.  If you're in the former group, well, join the club!  Sure, we all know that February 14th is Valentine's Day, but wasn't it just January 1st?!?!  I've known Valentine's day was coming soon, but until yesterday it hadn't hit me that it was just a mere 4 days away.  I have a gift for Mike but I still need a card...oops!  And don't even get me started on the baked goods!  I've realized I have plenty of recipes for Christmas, but very little for the other holidays. Time for that to change...

I've seen multiple recipes for homemade gumdrops and they've been on my list to make for quite a while now.  When I saw a recipe for heart-shaped gumdrops, I knew they would be perfect for a Valentine's Day treat.  These sweet treats are so easy to make.  About 15 minutes of hands-on time, plus cooling and you've got an impressive looking snack. These would be great for your kid's school party, or a fun treat for your loved ones!

Homemade Gumdrops

Makes about 60 1" heart shaped candies

You will need:
2 cups sugar, plus a little extra for rolling the gumdrops in
1-1/3 cups unsweetened applesauce
2 3-oz packages Jell-O (I used Strawberry)
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 teaspoon lemon juice

1.  In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients.  Let it stand for 1 minute.

2.  Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Boil for 2 minutes.

3.  Pour into a greased 9x13" pan.

4.  Place in the fridge for 3 hours, until firm.

5.  Run a spatula along the edges of the pan to loosen the gumdrops.  Turn onto a cutting board.

6.  Cut gumdrops into your desired shape.  I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter, but you could also cut these into squares using a knife dipped in hot water.

7.  Roll gumdrops in extra sugar.  Let them sit out until they're slightly dry.

Store in an airtight container.

Source: Hoosier Homemade


  1. Awesome idea! They look great! Definitely will be trying these this week! Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. Oh my goodness...I LOVE gumdrops and I can't wait to make these! Please stop over and share this recipe at Mix it up Monday:

    I hope to see you soon :)

  3. These are adorable and SO simple!

  4. They look awesome -and delicious! Thanks for sharing them with us.

  5. YUM! I'd love to have you link this up to my party at Thanks for sharing!

  6. These look so beautiful!! Yum! Dropping by from the Linky Hop - following you now via Linky and GFC Hope you have a minute to come by Happy Hour Projects. There's a Valentine-theme linky today if you'd like to add this or any of your Valentine yummies!!

    Happy Valentine's Day!


  7. These are so pretty! I love the colors. Thanks so much for sharing them on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

  8. Yum! Sounds simple enough that even I could do this!

  9. I was wondering if sugar free jello would work?

  10. I was wondering if the recipe needs water to make de jello.
    Thank s

  11. @ Anonymous--I believe sugar free jello would be fine. I haven't used it before but I think the amount of sugar in the recipe would compensate for it.

    @Tamara--no, you do not need water. The jello gets mixed in with all the other ingredients.

  12. What do you think about maybe adding alcohol, they have a strawberry daq flavored jell-o, which is what gave me the idea.. do you think they would set right?


  13. @Anonymous--if you add alcohol, I would omit the lemon juice and maybe reduce the apple sauce by the amount of liquid you add. Let me know how they turn out.

    @Carol--I've kept them at room temperature for a week. I suspect they'd last long in the fridge.

  14. I saw this on Pinterest and wanted to check it out. I just tried another gumdrop recipe that I found and burnt the sugar/gelatin mixture badly and this one looks so much easier and cheaper to make and to tweek. Thank you so much! I can't wait to try this!

  15. Wonder if you could pop it into a heart shaped ice cube tray.

  16. Wonder if you could pop it into a heart shaped ice cube tray.

  17. @Marie--I have not tried it, but I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work!

  18. I just made a cherry batch of these today and cut them into squares. They stuck to the knife, so I sprayed the knife with cooking spray and they came out perfectly. My family loved them! They reminded me of those little orange shaped gel candies in the specialty candy stores in touristy towns. You could make them in all sorts of colors depending on the occasion. Although I have quite a sweet tooth, they seemed a little too sweet to me, so next time I am going to try less sugar. Maybe I'll do 1 to 1 1/2 cups. Thank you for posting this! So fun.

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  20. I forgot the lemon you think they will turn out ok?

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