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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! A Christmas favorite with our family!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy, Christmas, dessert, gumdrop, gumdrops
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 8 hours
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 60
Calories 46kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • cups granulated sugar divided
  • cups applesauce - no sugar added
  • 6 oz Jello {i.e. cherry, lime, etc.}
  • ½ oz unflavored gelatin 2 envelopes
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Combine 2 cups sugar, applesauce, Jell-O, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Stir to combine. Let stand for 1 minute.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.
  • Boil for 1 minute and then immediately pour into prepared baking dish.
  • Refrigerate until firm - about three hours should do it. I left mine in overnight.
  • Cover a large cutting board with parchment paper and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Loosen the sides of the gelatin with a spatula and invert onto parchment paper.
  • Use small, sharp cookie cutters to cut out gumdrops. If needed, you can dip the cutters into hot water first. You may need to periodically rinse off the cutters as well to keep them clean.
  • Leave the cutout gumdrops on top of the sugar-coated parchment paper for about 8 hours or until just slightly sticky.
  • Roll the gumdrops in the remaining sugar and store in an airtight container.



Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 4mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg