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Valentine’s Day Homemade Gum Drops

Homemade Valentine's Day Gumdrops are made with applesauce and JELL-O - super easy and super yummy!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy, gumdrops, Valentine
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 48 servings
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 2 1/2 cups sugar divided
  • 1 1/2 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}


  • Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Place in refrigerator.
  • 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.}
  • 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.
  • Use small, sharp cookie cutters to cut out gumdrops.
  • 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.
  • Roll in remaining sugar and store in an airtight container.