Valentine’s Day Homemade Gumdrops

Homemade Valentine’s Day Gumdrops are made with applesauce and JELL-O – super easy and super yummy!

Valentine's Day Homemade Gumdrops | - Easy to make and yummy to eat! #valentinesday #recipe

I love making holiday-specific treats and we had so much fun making our Christmas Gum Drops that I knew we were going to make some for Valentine’s Day.  I let the boys pick out the Jell-O and they chose raspberry and strawberry flavors.  We made up two batches so we’d have plenty to enjoy at home and to hand out to friends.  This recipe is so simple and is so much fun for the kids!  I let Reece and Bryce go through out giant box of cookies cutters to pick out which ones they wanted to use.


Reece is the official “sugar boy” – he loves to dredge the gumdrops in the sugar.


We ended up with a lot of gumdrops!  We even made some “X’s” and “O’s” – so fun!

Valentine's Day Homemade Gumdrops | - Easy to make and yummy to eat! #valentinesday #recipe

These are going to be so fun packaging up and handing out this Valentine’s Day…

Valentine's Day Homemade Gumdrops | - Easy to make and yummy to eat! #valentinesday #recipe

What other shapes would be fun for Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Day Homemade Gumdrops | - Easy to make and yummy to eat! #valentinesday #recipe

Valentine’s Day Homemade Gum Drops
  • 2½ cups sugar, divided
  • 1½ cups applesauce {I used natural, no sugar added}
  • 6 oz package of Jell-O
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin {.25 oz each}
  • 1 tsp lemon juice {I used bottled}
  1. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Place in refrigerator.
  2. Combine 2 cups sugar, applesauce, Jell-O, 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.}
  3. Loosen the sides of the gelatin with a spatula and invert onto cutting board or waxed paper that has been sprinkled with sugar. The sugar keeps it from sticking.
  4. Use small, sharp cookie cutters to cut out gumdrops.
  5. 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.
  6. Roll in remaining sugar and store in an airtight container.

Homemade Valentine’s Day Gumdrops - made with applesauce and JELL-O! Easy, delicious, and fun! The perfect Valentine's Day treat!

Here are some more Valentine’s Day recipes and crafts to try out:

Valentine's Day Popcorn Balls

Valentine’s Day Popcorn Balls

Bring on the Bling Valentine Ring

Bring on the “Bling” Valentine Ring

Hershey's Kisses Roses from | Perfect for weddings, Valentine's Day, anniversaries and more! #ValentinesDay #craft

Hershey’s Kisses Roses

Mom On Timeout Signature

Connect with me!



  1. Trish I love these! I have been wanting to make homemade gumdrops for awhile now! these look perfect!

  2. Beautiful ! They look so yummy! You did an amazing job…as always! Have a lovely weekend Trish! Angie xo

  3. So fun! I pinned these to make later, like in an hour ;). Thanks so much!

  4. They look so cute and yummy!

  5. I have had that recipe pinned for a while to try. Now I know I need to make some for my kiddos!!!

  6. These are so cute, look super yummy and I just pinned them to death. Can’t believe how cute they are!!

  7. I am so excited to try these! They look so fun and festive! I have three sugar boys at my house as well. They’ll LOVE these! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a great day!

  8. So pretty! I love the x’s and o’s!

  9. These are so cute, and they sound easy, but look impressive! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Love how easy you made the recipe! I am having all kinds of visions of homemade gummies in my head!

  11. Thanks for this recipe. Now I can make this yummy treats for my gluten-free baby, and control what goes into her candy. Less sugar could be done, i think, and still work out OK. And using applesauce and Jello is great – who doesn’t have that on hand? Great job, great idea and great post!! Thanks a bunch!

  12. How adorable!! AND perfect for Valentines. I hope you’ll come by and share them at my Super Saturday Show & Tell party tomo… xoxo~Ruthie

  13. Safety alert!!!!!!!!!!!! Please do not put a glass pan in the fridge and then put boiling hot anything in it.
    I have seen glass pans explode.

  14. Wow – I’m so glad I found this recipe (and your blog!). I can’t wait to make these for my nephews party. Could I use a silpat instead of the cooking spray? Or would that not work? Also, how many ozs/grms are the gelatin envelopes? I’m not in the U.S. so mine are probably different.


    • Thanks for visiting Abby! The silpat wouldn’t work only because it needs to go up the sides of the dish. The plain gelatin envelopes are 1 oz each. Good luck!

    • Marsha Scott says:

      I also have silicone candy molds that would work very well with this. I can see spooning the mixture into the shaped wells (after it cools down a bit of course), and don’t forget to set the candy molds on something solid to put them into the ‘fridge to set. Something like a 9X13 inch cookie sheet or something like that. I have a lot of differently shaped molds like tiny pineapples, tiny flip flops for summer, or even tiny baby booties or rattles for baby showers. We use them also for mints which would be good for your mint recipe.

  15. I’ve never done anything like this. Absolutely adorable!

  16. I found you from the Strut Your Stuff link up. Your gum drops looks delicious and perfect for Valentine’s. I just started a new Saturday Spotlight Linky Party on my blog this week, and would love to have you stop by and share!

  17. Gummy hearts are my favorite Valentine treat – love the idea of making my own.
    Would love for you to come over and share at my linky party Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party.

  18. I seriously need to make these. They look so fun and I hope they taste better than a store bought gummy.

  19. These look yummy! Can’t wait to try this recipe, I am a sucker for sweet treats!

  20. I saw your Christmas gumdrops and loved them. So glad you did some for Valentine’s Day. Will definitely be making these with the kiddos!

  21. Laura Johnson says:

    Can the mix be refrigerated more than 3 hours? Let’s say overnight?

  22. These are beautiful!
    GREAT IDEA and It’s so easy-to-make
    Thank you for sharing :)

  23. What a fun project to do with the kids ~ I just love how colorful they turned out! I pinned this and shared it on G+ – I am now following. Love your ideas and beautiful photography!

  24. Can you add flavoring like peppermint or cinnamon? I love the cinnamon gummy hearts that are out this time of year and would love to be able to make my own.

  25. Thank you so much for this recipe! We just finished making them and they turned out awesome! I will be sharing our creations and linking back to your fabulous recipe soon. Can they be stored in an airtight container until valentines day? Should we refrigerate them? Thanks again,

  26. These look so good!!!

  27. Yum! These are so fun! I printed the recipe so I can make these with the littles…so excited.

  28. These look so great! I think I’ll have a go at making them this week :)

  29. So cute! My little girl would love to make these!

  30. How pretty! I am pinning this to my kids board :) Thank you for the recipe.

    If you don’t mind I wanted to invite you to come link up at Recipe Sharing Monday and share your favorite recipes. Have a super week. :)

  31. Oh.. I wanted to make these as well!! I might have to try this recipe.

  32. I really could go for some of these right now since I’m a sucker for anything gummi :) They look delicious!

  33. So clever! So many ways to adapt these candies!

  34. Eeeek, I LOVE gum drops! They’re one of my favorite Christmas-time candies so I totally LOVE that you made them into homemade Valentine’s treats! So stinkin’ cute.

  35. These are so cool!! Have you tried sugar free jello, wondering if it would work?

  36. Oh my goodness Trish! These are so cute! I can’t wait to make these with the kiddos. Thanks for sharing.
    Pinning and sharing on FB :) I can already see the Easter Eggs too :)

  37. These look delicious! How fun that you let your boys help out. :) I’ve never made gum drops, but I will be now! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from The Girl Creative.

    ~Emily @ Texas Life Blog

  38. I’ve never made gumdrops before but it seems like the perfect time to start!

  39. Excited to make these! Thanks for sharing.

  40. Wow, these look so easy and yummy! We would love it if you would link up at our new linky party: Two Girls and a Party Hosted by:
    Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    We hope to see you there!

  41. Looks so yumm and so cute!!! I’m going to have to make me one!!
    I’m hosting a Valentine Craft Party and would love for you to participate and link up to it!!!

    Just follow the link…….


  42. Those look so yummy. thanks for sharing. Visiting from Finished Friday! Would love for you to visit my blog.

  43. Oh, I’m so excited to make this homemade treat with my boys to give out! Thx!

  44. These are so cute and they look super easy to make. I love simple and effective! Thanks for sharing, I will have to try this one :-)

  45. So cute and festive! I love gum drops too! thanks for sharing, Trish!

  46. Love this idea! I pinned & shared on facebook. Thank you for sharing.

  47. These look yum! Definitely will be giving them a try. Thanks for sharing the recipe. The cut outs and presentation are adorable!

  48. Hi! Sucha nice recipe and a cute presentation!!
    Could I use sheetgelatin instead of the powedered one?! And would you happen to know if one sheet = 1oz ?!
    Thank you!

  49. LOVE THIS! I’m going to use sugar free jello and truvia, that way it’ll be sugar free & gluten free. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to pin it!

  50. YUM!! So creative! I’m going to put these on my list of crafts for my kiddos!

  51. These are the CUTEST little treats I’ve ever seen!! SO clever…JUST love these!

  52. I have an addiction to red gummy candies. Oh Nelly, now I’m really in trouble! These look amazing!!

  53. I never got a chance to make these at Christmas – hopefully now I will.

  54. I have GOT to try these!

  55. Do you need to add water into the mixture? How much water would be enough?

  56. These are so cute! I’ve never made gumdrops myself before, but now I really, really want to!

    I would love it if you would link up at Martha Mondays, open every Monday morning through Wednesday night!


  57. These are so pretty! I have never made homemade gumdrops before. What a wonderful idea. Thank you so much for sharing! Visiting via link party:)

  58. I love these, Trish. I would have never thought to make homemade gumdrops…but they sound fantastic. And what homemade item isn’t better than store bought? :)

  59. These gumdrops look amazing. I can’t wait to try these.

  60. How far ahead can you make these? Have you tried storing them for any length of time? I want to do these for Valentine’s Day but can’t do them the night before.

  61. What a great idea! I like to bring treats to the children’s Sunday School class at my church, but it is hard to pick sometimes, due to various allergies. I think these would work!

    Following from Strut Your Stuff Saturdays at Six Sisters’ Stuff. Congrats on the feature!

  62. Do you have to put these in the fridge after they dry out? And I also made them sugar free my Husband sampled he said they was very good. Thank You

  63. They look so cool! I bet my boys would LOVE having a go at making these. Thank you! :)

  64. Hello! I have a question about the unflavored gelatin. Are you using Knox brand? Should the recipe use 2 envelopes or 2 ounces? With Knox, I noticed the quantities don’t match up. In the 1 oz box, there are 4 envelopes and in the 32 oz box there are 8 envelopes. Two envelopes in either box would only be 1/4 ounce, so I’m wondering if the recipe uses only two envelopes (which would equal 1/2 ounce) or 8 envelopes (which would actually equal 2 ounces). Can you help me out? Thanks!! Can’t wait to try them!

  65. Just stopping by to invite you to my party here:
    I also have a valentine themed link-up here: is an ongoing link-up.

  66. Man, I love these! And the recipe sounds really yummy. I’ll definitely make these with my girl, she loves anything that involves cookie cutters ;-)

  67. I just made these yesterday, and they were SO yummy and easy!!!!
    Thanks for a great recipe and I LOVE your website!!
    Found you through the Six Sisters.

  68. Featured you today on Foto Friday! Come link up again today if you can! {since you always have new great stuff!!}

    Thanks so much- you’re awesome!!

  69. Hi:) I was hoping you can help me troubleshoot. I made these yesterday… two batches. The first batch I let it sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours. It was difficult to take out of the pan without parts sticking to each other as it came out of the pan… ruining most of the batch. It wasn’t as firm as it appears in your picture. And it wasn’t very easy to cut out without it losing it’s shape when taking out of the cutter…it was flimsy. For the second batch I let it sit overnight. It still wasn’t as firm as yours appears and not that much of a difference from the first batch… not so easy to take out of the pan.. to help it from sticking to each other as it did come out of the pan I sprinkled sugar directly on top as well on the wax paper, and then flipped it over. That worked but it still was not easy to work with when cutting. I did use a vegan unflavored gelatin (but Jell-O brand for the flavored jello). Do you think that could be the problem? Should I have added more of the gelatin (I used 2 tablespoons since 1 tablespoon = .25 oz). Maybe I didn’t boil long enough before pouring into the pan. What do you think could have been the problem?

    I was able to get some decent cut outs. The few I got from the first batch firmed up decently.. but I’m not sure if firm enough since your’s appear much firmer in your pictures. Yours look perfect!

    Oh.. the flavor is definitely yummy! At least that part worked out. :P

    • Well I’m glad they tasted good :) Let’s see…they should definitely not stick to the pan when you’re pulling out the sheet of JELL-O. Did you remember to spray your dish? It really should just peel off the bottom of your dish. It should be firm but flexible as well. I’m wondering if the vegan gelatin maybe isn’t as strong as the regular. I’d suggest maybe doubling the unflavored gelatin because that’s what really firms it all up. Let me know if you try again and what happens when you use more of the vegan gelatin – I didn’t even know they made that! Have a great week Maysem!

      • Thanks for the response Trish! I’m thinking it may be the vegan gelatin because I made marshmallows today and the batch didn’t look right when it was mixing… I have the batch sitting out right now so will have to wait and see how they turn out. This is the first time I use vegan gelatin. I’m going to try what you suggested and add more. I’ll let you know how it goes! I still plan on blogging about the gum drops… the few decent ones I was able to! I will be referencing your blog and recipe.

        Thanks again!

  70. is there anything you could replace the sugar with?, honey, stevia, splenda?

  71. Jelly candies are my favorite! It might be dangerous to have a recipe where I can make it myself!!! I am definitely going to give this a try though. I LOVE baking/cooking with my little one.
    Yvonne @ Dress This Nest recently posted..6 Things I Learned at ALT Summit SLC

  72. Hi, first time to your page/post thingie lol my little guy (he’s 4) is so excitied, he too loves to help well his version anyway ;-) these look great (we also are gonna try the strawberry choc mm cookies) how long do these last on the counter or do I freeze them? Did you use powder sugar on the sides? You have a special touch they look awesome. Thanks for the pictures and easy to read/follow directions, I look forward to looking over all the stuff on here ( what is this pinning thing I see so much about ? )

  73. Once the mixture boils, a bubbly froth appears on the surface. How did you get yours to look so flawless?

  74. I made these today, and they’re perfect! I halved the recipe because, well, I’m a small dessert gal, and they turned out great! ;)
    I’ve always wanted a recipe for homemade gummies that was easy and at least had some plain gelatin and something slightly healthy, like applesauce. What a great recipe!!
    One word of warning: don’t be like me and coat your pan with coconut oil. Use actual cooking spray. Mine stuck, but I put the plate on top of the dishwasher while it was running and the coconut oil slightly melted. This is entirely my fault, the recipe says to use cooking spray. Don’t skimp!
    DessertForTwo recently posted..Comment on Rum Raisin Waffled French Toast by Barb | Creative Culinary

  75. I made these the other day, they taste great but it was like pulling tar off the pan. I used vegetable oil, do think that was the problem?
    Thank you

  76. Make'n Momma's Day says:

    I have one allergic to apples. Any suggestions on a replacement for the applesauce?

    • Marsha Scott says:

      Pears drained and pureed. That should be OK or at least you could try it. I don’t know if it would be a neutral enough flavor but it should be.

  77. They look lovely! Such a treat for Valentine’s Day!
    Daniela Apostol recently posted..Chicken and mushroom stew

  78. They are in the fridge waiting to be turned into little hearts tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe. I can’t wait for my Valentine to see and try them.

    • Made mine and just finished packaging them. So easy and I can’t wait to give them to my Valentine. Thank you for the great recipe.

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge