Homemade Gumdrops

Chewy and sweet, homemade gumdrops are a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day.  I only recently learned that you can make gumdrops and decided I needed to give them a try.

There are a lot of recipes out there and most of them use Apple Sauce as an ingredient.  To me, it seemed like a strange ingredient for gumdrops but I could not taste the apple sauce in them.  I made my gumdrops in heart shapes since it is close to Valentine’s Day.  I have three 14-count silicon heart shaped candy molds that I bought from Amazon.

silicone molds

These gumdrops are far easier to make than you would think.  You will just need some patience in allowing the gumdrops to set and dry.  These gumdrops may be slightly less firm than ones you buy in the store but the sweet, tart flavor makes up for that.

homemade Gumdrops

 

Homemade Gumdrops

2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups applesauce, unsweetened
2  (3 oz) boxes Jell-O, any flavor
2 envelopes (4 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin, such as Knox
1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 cup coarse white sugar

Prepare three 15-count silicone gumdrop molds by spraying with cooking spray.

In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients, let stand 1 minute.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, boil for 1 minute.  Strain into a measuring cup and let cool for 5 minutes; it will be warm but not yet set. Pour the liquid into the prepared molds.   Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or overnight).

Remove the gumdrops from the molds and place onto wax paper.  Roll each of the gumdrops in the coarse white sugar and return to the waxed paper.  Let dry for about an hour and then store in an air-tight container in the fridge. 

Notes:
1.  A 9 x 13 inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray can be used in place of the silicone molds.
2.  If using baking dish, cut out gumdrops using a knife dipped in hot water to cut squares or a cookie cutter to cut in desired shapes.
3.  This recipe is adapted from Mom on Timeout.

Homemade Gumdrops 1

 

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