Homemade Gumdrops

These Homemade Gumdrops are the perfect treat to make for friends and family during the holidays! Made with just a handful of ingredients – including applesauce – these gumdrops are sure to become a holiday tradition!

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This recipe was so much fun!  I was so excited to make my own gumdrops and you definitely have to make two batches so you have a nice color contrast.  The best part is that they are SO easy!  It’s like making jello and then dipping them in sugar – so simple yet so delicious!  The best part of making the gumdrops is the leftover tidbits after cutting out the shapes.  I cut them down into small pieces, dredged in sugar and the boys and I have been enjoying the “scraps” and saving the pretties for gifts :)

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The gumdrops are quite photogenic and I had so much fun photographing them.  It was hard to put my camera down and then harder still to narrow down the pictures I wanted to share with you so let’s get to it!


  • 2 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce {I used natural, no sugar added}
  • 2 packages {3 ounces each} red or green gelatin {i.e. cherry, lime, etc.} – 6 oz total
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin {.25 oz each}
  • 1 tsp lemon juice {I used bottled}


Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.  Place in refrigerator.

Combine 2 cups sugar, applesauce, red OR green gelatin, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice in a large saucepan.  Let stand for 1 minute.  Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.  Boil for 1 minute and then immediately pour into cold baking dish.  Refrigerate until firm {about three hours should do it.  I left mine in overnight.}

Loosen the sides of the gelatin with a spatula and invert onto cutting board or waxed paper.  You can see how firm it is here:

Homemade Gumdrops Loosen Gelatin

Use small, sharp cookie cutters to cut out gumdrops.  It helps to dip the cutters into hot water first.

Homemade Gumdrops Cutters

Sprinkle sugar over a piece of waxed paper and place gumdrops on top of sugar.  Let dry for about 8 hours or until slightly sticky.

Homemade Gumdrops Sugar

Roll in remaining sugar and store in an airtight container.

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Aren’t they pretty??

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And one more because I can’t help myself ;)

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Yup.  Definitely the most fun I’ve had with a recipe in a long time :)


Homemade Gumdrops
Recipe type: Candy
  • 2½ cups sugar, divided
  • 1½ cups applesauce {I used natural, no sugar added}
  • 2 pkgs {3 ounces each} red or green gelatin {i.e. cherry, lime, etc.}
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tsp lemon juice {I used bottled}
  1. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Place in refrigerator.
  2. Combine 2 cups sugar, applesauce, red OR green gelatin, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Let stand for 1 minute.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.
  4. Boil for 1 minute and then immediately pour into cold baking dish.
  5. Refrigerate until firm {about three hours should do it. I left mine in overnight.}
  6. Loosen the sides of the gelatin with a spatula and invert onto cutting board or waxed paper. You can see how firm it is here:
  7. Use small, sharp cookie cutters to cut out gumdrops. It helps to dip the cutters into hot water first.
  8. Sprinkle sugar over a piece of waxed paper and place gumdrops on top of sugar. Let dry for about 8 hours or until slightly sticky.
  9. Roll in remaining sugar and store in an airtight container.

Homemade Gumdrops Recipe

These Homemade Gumdrops are the perfect treat to make for friends and family during the holidays! Just a handful of ingredients including applesauce, and you're on your way to a perfectly sweet treat!

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  1. Wow – I had no idea you could make your own gumdrops with such common ingredients. I agree, they are very photogenic!
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  2. Cool!
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  3. WOW this is awesome!!! I never even thought you could make these at home!! They sound fantastic and look great! Thanks for sharing!!!
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  4. What a great idea! I’m so going to try this with my kiddies! Thanks :)
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  5. These are so cute! Who knew they could be so easy to make? I will have to try this one day, thanks for sharing :) I found you via Scrumptious Sunday. Having a link-up at my little blog too if you’d like to join: http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/2012/12/meatless-monday-christmas-cookies.html. Have a great day!
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  6. Those look delicious! Thanks for sharing. :)
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  7. What a fun idea. My grandkids would love to make these. Thanks for sharing.
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  8. On these are so awesome! I love the Christmas shapes..Pinning :)

  9. My kids are going to go crazy for this!! Pinned!
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  10. That is so cool! I’ve never seen a recipe for gumdrops!
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  11. Those are so cute, it makes me want to decorate with them!! LOL

    I would love for you to share it at my SHOW-licious Craft Showcase party!


    Happy Holidays!

  12. I cannot wait to try this! My kids will absolutely love it. Thanks for the recipe.
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  13. How fun! I cannot wait to try this!
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  14. Oh my word this looks so yummy, so easy I am making these!
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  15. This is such a great idea! I love it!

    Merry Christmas!

    Melissa @ The Alchemist

  16. Wow! And double WOW! These look so yummy and easy to make. Thank you so much for sharing a recipe card. :)

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  17. Wow! Who knew this would be so easy to do! I’ve pinned this to try and make before Christmas day…

    I would love to invite you to share this at my Cook, Craft, Create Link Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog

    Hope to see you there!

    Happy holidays :)
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  18. I’ve made this recipe before and these gumdrops are sooooo good (and perfect for kiddos)! I love how you used the cookie cutter shapes to make these – just perfect for the season. Thank you so much for sharing at What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday!
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  19. About how many gumdrops can you make using the one recipe? I know it depends on the size of your cutouts…but in general would you be able to estimate?

  20. These look fantastic! Pinning them now!

  21. They came out great, I want to try this!
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  22. oh boy, those sound yummy but they look so cute!
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  23. Yummy and cute too! Thanks so much for linking up to Do Something Crafty Friday!

  24. Just to let you know I featured your wonderful project today. Stop by and grab a featured button.
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  25. Who knew these were so easy to make! I can’t wait to try them! Thanks so much for sharing! Great photos of the gumdrops! :)
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  26. OMG!! These are sooo cute and look delicious! We are so glad to have you drop by our Strut Your Stuff Saturday link party and share these. Have a Merry Christmas! -The Six Sisters

  27. Very cool idea!

  28. so cute! I’m pinning these for next Christmas….do you know how long they keep, if you want to do them as gifts?
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  29. These are the funnest recipe ever! Thanks so much for stopping by our Strut Your Stuff Saturday and sharing them with everyone! Have a Happy New Year! -The Six Sisters

  30. As always, this looks so good trish! The applesauce really surprised me and has motivated me to make them! Thanks for sharing at the Humble Brag!

  31. Look so nice… I’ll try it soon
    Thank you

  32. hi ! i’m going to try this recipe but i need to know how many ounces does the unflavored gelatin has, because i have different brands with different weight ..thanks !

  33. So wait is it 1 flavored package of jello + two unflavored packages of jello or is it 1 flavored + 1 unflavored packet per batch?

  34. Wow, gotta try these with my son…I think it’s fun to make ánd also fun to eat! Thanks for sharing!

  35. I am aware I am a little slow as this post is a few months old now, but I am hoping I could maybe get a few answers to some questions I have.

    Was going to try these out today to test them before the holidays start so I would have a better idea for my shopping list. I make a ton of cookies and candies during Christmas to send to work with my husband and myself. So knowing what I need before hand saves from having to send the hubster to the store 20 times.

    Figured just get different cutters and different flavor gelatin would go with just about any holiday/season… or just the heck of it.

    However, I have refrained from starting as I do have some questions.

    The directions int he article say “2 envelopes unflavored gelatin {.25 oz each}”, which is .5 oz total. I believe in the normal Knox boxes they come in envelopes of .25oz each. However, in your reply to #32 Jessica you say 1oz each, and to #33 Brittany you say 2 oz of unflavored gelatin per batch. So in the comment say 2 oz total unflavored Gelatin, but the article is .5 oz. total. Am I misunderstanding or misreading something? I have some bad run-ins with unflavored gelatin and wrong measurement in the past so want to make sure before I start going all mad scientist on these I have the correct amounts. :D

    Another question I didn’t see asked int he comments. How long do these usually last, I mean if the kids and husband don’t eat them all? Are they good for a few days, a week, longer? Are they okay if left in a container in a container without being put back in the fridge after sugaring them like store-bought gumdrops? I am hoping to send these with my husband to work, and usually these kind of things don’t last long, but may stay around for a week or so.

    Now a bit of me going all mad scientist on these. Could you remove the flavored gelatin, add an extra 6oz unflavored gelatin, food colouring and extract flavors like butterscotch, rum, mint, bubblegum, root beer (flavors you usually can’t get in gelatin) instead? Not sure how that much liquid would play on this or the unflavored to flavored ratio measurement.

    Thanks for posting this and for any answers you can give me. Looking forward to making these. :)

    • Okay to answer a few of my own questions in case someone else is reading through this.

      “Could you remove the flavored gelatin, add an extra 6oz unflavored gelatin”
      1 packet of knox gelatin is the amount that is in each 4 serving packet of jello. The rest is sugar and flavoring. So will need 1 packet of unflavored for every 1 – 3oz box of flavored, and add in enough sugar and applesauce to make up the remaining “sugar and flavoring” weight.

      “food colouring and extract flavors like butterscotch, rum, mint, bubblegum, root beer ”
      Going to try to drain some of the liquid from the applesauce in equal amounts to the colouring and extract or adding this into the weight as part of the “sugar and flavoring”. Will try both and see what I get.

      • Hi Liz! Just got back from vacation and am still catching up on comments. Okay, so the ingredients list is correct – ignore the comments. I was clearly experiencing a sugar high. It sounds like you’ve got this all figured out and I can’t wait to see how the flavoring goes. Another suggestion might be to add a little more unflavored gelatin instead of draining the applesauce. It should compensate for the added liquid. Good luck!

  36. Hi, I want to make these. Is there a substitute for Apple sauce? Thanks.

  37. Nancy Yeats says:

    Hi these look terrific..want to do these with my granddaughters. Quick question- If I wanted to eliminate the cookie cutter and leftovers, could I use the “various shaped chocolate molds I have from my crazy chocolate making days ?

    • I would try a small amount first. They are very sticky until rolled in sugar so they might be hard to get out of the mold. If it’s a silicon mold you might have more luck :) Let me know how it works if you give it a try!

  38. my dad made home made gumdrops 45 yr ago they were different ingredients, (because of the time period, but they were good, plus he made home made marshmellows too yum!!

  39. I am making these now …. It just occurred to me, I’m not sure how to store them until next weekend…. How do you store these delicious little bites?

  40. Maegan Morin says:

    Can you please tell me how long these last?

  41. ……does flavoured gelatin mean like Jello?? or do u buy flavoured gelatin like u do unflavoured? yes a silly question but i have never used gelatin before. thanx for the yummie recipie!!

  42. Yummo! Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday link party!
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  43. I tried making these today and when I turned these onto a cutting board they stuck like glue… Almost impossible to get off… Luckily it was a very bendy cutting board and with a metal spatula I was able to mostly pry it off. I saved most of it by putting sugar down before turning them out again. Have you had this issue? Did I do something wrong?

  44. I really liked the Gumdrop Recipe but I have had a heck of a time on your site. I went to your vintage recipes and if my mouse even moved close to one of the ads it would open theme. It was really hard to get down to this area to write you. You have recipes labeled as vintage and I was wondering what years you consider vintage? A lot of the recipes I saw were Mid to late 50’s and upwards. I was just wondering because I am doing a historical home economics course and I will not be putting anything after 1949. I did see some recipes that I will want to try but I don’t consider them vintage. But then again If I considered them vintage I would have to call myself vintage because I was born in 1951.

    Thanks for the help with the dating of your recipes.

    • I want to apologize for the comments I made. Your recipe is the gumdrop recipe and not the raspberry filled chocolates. Is my face red. One thing I said maybe I should take and admit to. I am vintage!!! Making mistakes like that is not something I usually do. I had no problems with your site either. I love it and will be coming back again and again.

      Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa. Is my face red.

  45. i would love to join your email subscription again, please resign me on…

  46. Can this be made with sugar free jello and sugar be substituted for splenda?

  47. I am going to have to try and make some of these yummy treats!

  48. how can we make apple sauce?

  49. These are so cute. I was wondering if you knew of a way to make them sour?

  50. These are amazing!! I have been making them for a few years now and everybody loves them!! I have made Cherry, Raspberry, Lime, Grape, and Orange. The grape went over the best and Raspberry was a close 2nd!!

  51. I love this! I have a nephew with extreme allergies (even the slightest exposure to peanuts would send him into anaphactic shock & stop his breathing within minutes). It’s not easy to find treats for him. Thank you!

  52. I love these! It was so much fun with my 5 year old :) The second batch, I cut the shapes in the tray and found it a bit easier to get them out that way. I would like to make some more and make them slightly harder – these are quite sticky and floppy…what ingredient controls the ‘hardness’, if you know what i mean? Could i add more of something to make them harder? I had a fair bit of waste though, around the edges of the shapes (which i will just keep for me!), i think i need smaller cutters :) Thank you so much for this recipe! These ones are for Christmas, but I’m going to make them for all occasions xx

  53. Question… I am worried about breaking my 9×13 dish! You say to refrigerate it while you are preparing the gumdrops… Then to pour the hot liquid into the cold dish… In my mind I see it shattering. Do you use a glass dish?

  54. I made these. Do NOT I repeat , DO NOT take it out of the pan and put it on plain wax paper. It will stick . I was still able to cut about half of them out and rip them off the wax paper but it would have been nice if I knew better! From the pan it needs to go on sugar right away. I ended up using a knife and cutting a lot of it into square shapes too. I also rolled mine in sugar immediately after cutting. I am not sure why you should wait to do the other side. Otherwise they are tasty!

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  56. Hi Trish!
    I love Homemade Gumdrops, I want one of these right now!!!
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