Star-Spangled Gumdrops

Celebrate with these Star-Spangled Gumdrops this Memorial Day weekend! Perfect for 4th of July and Labor Day weekend as well!

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East-to-make Star-Spangled Gumdrops are perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day as well! |


Hard to believe that Memorial Day is this weekend!  The boys have 11 more days of school and yes, we count down, starting around 50 days :)  I am already getting a tad bit nervous as I think of how I am going to be filling our days.

I just know how hard minimum days can be with both of the boys around and it’s only going to be more challenging during the summer.  It gets so dang hot here in Sacramento that most days, playing outside after 10AM is pure torture.

Mommy needs to get creative :)

East-to-make Star-Spangled Gumdrops are perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day as well! |

Fortunately, my boys DO love helping me in the kitchen.  Especially when the result is something totally fabulous and fun like these homemade gumdrops.

Perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day – they are super festive and make the perfect treat.  While my intentions were to make red, white, and blue gumdrops, I realized the sugar coating should totally count for the white :)

East-to-make Star-Spangled Gumdrops are perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day as well! |

They look so pretty it’s hard to not to snatch one up each time I walk by.

East-to-make Star-Spangled Gumdrops are perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day as well! |

So easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser, you can make these gumdrops into whatever shape and color you prefer.  I used a small star-shaped cookie cutter for mine.

East-to-make Star-Spangled Gumdrops are perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day as well! |

I halved the original recipe and made it up in 8×8 pans and the thickness is really just perfect.  You want to use a small cookie cutter for these so you end up with lots of gumdrops.  Take the time to get the the cut-outs as close to each other as possible for maximum production.

Do NOT throw out the scraps.  Just take a knife and cut them into smaller pieces, dredge in sugar, and then portion off into snack bags for treats for the kiddos.  They LOVE this.

East-to-make Star-Spangled Gumdrops are perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day as well! |


Star-Spangled Gumdrops
For each color you want:
  • 1½ cups sugar, divided
  • ¾ cup applesauce {I used natural, no sugar added}
  • 1 pkg {3 ounces each} JELLO (I used Cherry and Berry Blue)
  • .25 oz envelope unflavored gelatin (Knox brand)
  • ½ tsp lemon juice {I used bottled}
For each color you want:
  1. Coat a 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray. Place in refrigerator.
  2. Combine 1 cup sugar, applesauce, JELLO, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice in a medium 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. Generously dust a cutting board with sugar.
  7. Loosen the sides of the gelatin with a spatula and invert onto cutting board.
  8. Use small, sharp cookie cutters to cut out gumdrops.
  9. 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.
  10. Roll in remaining sugar and store in an airtight container.

East-to-make Star-Spangled Gumdrops are perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day as well! |

More red, white, and blue treats:


Patriotic Peppermint Patties


Red, White, and Blue Sparkler Cookies


Red, White, and Blueberry Breakfast

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  1. This looks like such a fun thing to make! I can imagine your children love helping you with it! It looks so festive and cheerful!
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  2. Any ideas on where to find a mini cookie cutter?. I would love to make these for this weekend.

  3. Oh my gosh, Trish! These are adorable! So fun and festive – I’m completely in love with them!
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  4. Looks so yummy… Pinning!
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  5. I need to keep this in mind for my nieces! They would love helping with these gumdrops!
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  6. I can imagine how hot it gets in Sacto after 10AM! This would be so much fun for the kids to help with, and especially eat. :) They look so tasty and fun!
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  7. Adorable! These would be so great as gifts or party favors for kids, I love that you can customize these for any event you want!
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  8. Oh these are so much fun. Trish! Pinned! Thanks for sharing. :)

    PS, love the pics too!
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  9. So, maybe this is a silly question, but after you cut them and place them on the sugar on wax paper and let dry for 8 hours, you leave them out on the counter, correct? Not place back in the fridge?
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  10. Crystal says:

    How fun and cute!! The best part if eating them :) Thanks for the great idea!!

  11. SOOO adorable!
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  12. I just love all your festive treats Trish and these are no exception! Pinned and sharing on FB!
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  13. THis is so cute and fun! I know my kids would love making these!
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  14. These are adorable!! The kids aren’t the only ones who’d love them… ;) And oh goodness, Sacramento is already unbearable, and it isn’t even June yet. This is going to be one long summer!
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  15. These are so cute! I have to make them for my boys!

  16. These are so fun Trish!! My kids would just have so much fun making these!! I am adding these to my summer “must make” list!! :)
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  17. So, could you substitute the sugar for sour crystals?

  18. Would the pan break if you immediately add the boiling mixture into it?

  19. I have a yearly 4th of July BBQ. These would be perfect!
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  20. Super Cute! The kids would love these! Pinned!

  21. Super cool idea! I know my girls would love these!! Pinned!
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  22. Awesome idea…for any age! Also, I hope this does not sound awful but I actually came across your invention when logging into Pinterest to look for jello shots for adults! This is perfect for 4th of July jello-shots, would you happen to know (being in a cook) if liquor would still let these beauties turn out?
    Thank you

  23. These are adorable. I’m definitely going to keep my eye out for little star cutters like those and the recipe looks fun too. Happy Fourth
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  25. Sarah McKenney says:

    silly question…are these pretty flavorful or just a little bit of flavor? Also, is there a way to make them a little sour? We love sour gummy candies at our house and I thought how fun to make our own. Such a cute blog, new follower here for sure!!

    • Erin Pidgeon says:

      You can find crystalized pure lemon juice, like True Lemon brand, with the drink mixes in grocery stores. It would dissolve nicely in the boiling water.

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