Sunday, August 14, 2011

Goodie Goodie




Pretty little homemade gumdrops.

I found a recipe for them in the book Celebrating Candy and wanted to give these sugary treats a try.

Plus, it’s just fun to try new things.


You’ll need some unflavored gelatin…


…four tablespoons or about six envelopes.

Add the gelatin to cold water to soften.


And then add sugar and boil.

Pour the mixture into pans…


…and add a little bit of flavored extract.


Of course you’ll want to make them in a few colors.


You’ll only need to add a drop or two of food coloring though.


Here’s where I could have made things go a little easier. I didn’t have the recommended pan size to make these. Instead I had this large pan with nine much smaller cavities.

Let’s just say I got myself into a sticky situation.


After you pour the mixture into the pans, you’ll need to let it chill overnight in the fridge so it will set up and allow you to cut it into cubes.
This is where it would have helped to have a bigger pan. I made quite a mess trying to remove the set gelatin out of these small shapes.


But after a little struggling, I managed to get cute cubes that I could cover in sugar.

Now the hard part. Let them sit for a couple of days to crystallize.

Ugh. Waiting.


See. I told you I struggled. But about halfway through pouring into the pans I decided to spray a few with Pam even though the recipe didn’t require it. I was skeptical.

So when in doubt, spray … or use non-stick pans. That could have made it less messy, too.


These were so fun to see actually come together. Despite my sticky fingers.


But even more fun was packaging them into cute little goodie bags.


Goodie Goodie Gumdrops.

I made these labels to fit 3.75 X 6 inch treat bags. (Print the Goodie Goodie pdf )

You can use these for other treats, too.

Cute. Cute.


The bags will hold about 8-9 gumdrops each depending on how big you cut your cubes.

Goodie Goodie Gumdrops

4 Tbsp gelatin (that’s about 6 envelopes)
1 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups boiling water
4 cups sugar
1/4 tsp flavored extract like lemon or peppermint
1-2 drops food coloring (I used four colors)
extra sugar for coating


3.75 X 6 inch treat bags
Goodie Goodie labels (print the Goodie Goodie pdf)

  • In a large pot, soften gelatin in cold water for five minutes.
  • Stir in boiling water until gelatin dissolves.
  • Stir in sugar.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 25 minutes. Stir constantly.
  • Pour mixture into 4 – 3X5 pans.
  • Add 1/4 tsp extract and 1-2 drops food color to each pan.
  • Stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Cover pan and chill overnight in the fridge.
  • Cut gelatin mixture into 3/4 inch cubes using a knife dipped in hot water.
  • The gelatin may pull, but continue cutting.
  • Separate cubes and roll in sugar until coated on all sides.
  • Place gumdrops on wax paper and leave at room temperature for two days to crystallize.

Store in an airtight container.
Makes about 8 dozen 3/4 inch gumdrops.

You can also make 2 – 8X8 pans or 1 – 9X12 pan depending on the number of colors you want to make.

Adapted from the book, Celebrating Candy.



Marilyn said...

So pretty and colorful… Yummy!!!

August 14, 2011 11:09 PM
Lorie said...

The colors alone are irresistible!!

August 14, 2011 11:14 PM
Tracy said...

To die for Bakerella!!!! Since I do not have your patience, and these seem to keep well, maybe you should have a giveaway??? :) xoxo

August 14, 2011 11:16 PM
Krista said...

I LOVE it!!!!! You are so creative I just want to squish your cheeks! <3

August 14, 2011 11:17 PM
Kate B. said...

Can’t wait to try these, my kids will LOVE them!

August 14, 2011 11:17 PM
Cindy C said...

How lovely! I definitely need to try these. Thanks for the treat bag idea too :)

August 14, 2011 11:18 PM
April said...

These look delicious! Hopefully i’ll be able to make some soon :D

August 14, 2011 11:18 PM
Lauren said...

OMG this is such a cute idea! Love them!

August 14, 2011 11:19 PM
Lisa Wiggins said...

How long do you suppose these keep?

August 14, 2011 11:19 PM
beatriz said...

these are so cute!!

i’ll try them soon!!

August 14, 2011 11:22 PM
erika said...

They look fabulous!!! Must try some day soon!

August 14, 2011 11:26 PM
Vane said...

They look so yummy! Great idea for my daughts birthday party!

August 14, 2011 11:28 PM
Natalie said...

I had no idea that one could make homemade gumdrops. Or rather, it just never occured to me to try. This is such a good idea for my son’s upcoming birthday party.

August 14, 2011 11:28 PM
Heidi said...

You are so darn talented and creative!

August 14, 2011 11:28 PM
Bronwyn said...

These look delightful, love the colors you chose. So vibrant, fun and inviting (can hear them whispering “eat me!”) lol :-))))

August 14, 2011 11:30 PM
Morgan said...

These are so cute! You could also roll these in a mixture of sugar and citric acid and have your own sour patch “kids”

August 14, 2011 11:30 PM
Jen said...

SO fun! I definitely want to try this!

August 14, 2011 11:31 PM
Charlene said...

So cute! Looks time consuming but you make them look easy!

August 14, 2011 11:32 PM
Vanessa said...

LOVE them! im SO making these for my husband homecoming party =)

August 14, 2011 11:33 PM
Joey said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing :) My boys will love these.

August 14, 2011 11:33 PM
Ellen J said...

I am seeing some really cute teacher gifts this year…

August 14, 2011 11:34 PM
shaffy said...

cuteness personified. ’nuff said. will be making these very very VERY soon. thanks for the easy-peasy lemony-squeezy recipe :)

August 14, 2011 11:34 PM
Erin said...

I can’t say I’ve ever craved a gum drop until just now! And so cute!

August 14, 2011 11:36 PM
Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

Oh my goodness, these are SO cute!! And I am just so happy to see another post from you!!! Double yay!!

August 14, 2011 11:37 PM
Jay said...

These look amazing! So cute, the colours are fab. I can’t wait to try this!

August 14, 2011 11:37 PM
katy said...

I would have no patience to let them crystalize….God bless ya for that one!

August 14, 2011 11:37 PM
TamaraL said...

I could stare at these pictures all day…so lovely and colorful! They remind me of old fashioned candy! YUMM!!!

August 14, 2011 11:39 PM
Laura said...

They look great thanks for sharing !

August 14, 2011 11:39 PM
Courtney @ CardioQueen said...

So funky and cute! I love all of your creations! :)

August 14, 2011 11:40 PM
kris said...

My kids are allergic to artificial food dyes. I am so excited to try these with natural colors, my kids are gonna be so happy to have gumdrops again! Ty!

August 14, 2011 11:42 PM

they look so beautiful and yummy

August 14, 2011 11:43 PM
Vivian Mac said...

Love the packaging! The gum drops looked so glossy before they were covered in sugar. Yummm.

August 14, 2011 11:44 PM
Yane said...

This is pretty easy to make. You have to wait a couple of days to eat it but still. I think I’m making these for my sons 1st bday party together with some curious George cake pops. Oh just had an idea. I’ll make them banana flavor! Thanks for all your inspiration.

August 14, 2011 11:49 PM
Heather said...

So adorable!

August 14, 2011 11:52 PM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Angie, you’ve done it again! Gorgeous photos, yummy treats… I just *love* it all!

August 14, 2011 11:58 PM
vanessa balli said...

These look soo good, my mouth is watering! Thank you for sharing, can’t wait to try these out!!

August 15, 2011 12:04 AM
Rebecca said...

I LOVE how you package your treats! So cute!

August 15, 2011 12:08 AM
Megan's Cookin' said...

Simply adorable and such fun colors! Luv ’em!

August 15, 2011 12:29 AM
annie said...

I Love this idea. My son’s birthday is coming up and ive been trying to get certain colors of candies to use as giveaways. now i can make them. Thank you so so much

August 15, 2011 12:57 AM
40 said...

These are SO pretty! I love the idea of filling little bags of these goodies, all in your wedding colors. :) Fabulous, wonderful, inspirational post!

August 15, 2011 12:59 AM
Mimi Pham said...

Those look amazing! I love the colors! I’m gonna have to try these!!

August 15, 2011 01:00 AM
Viktoria - Pinkpastry said...

Thats so cute! Its so fun to make candy and eat it = )

August 15, 2011 01:16 AM
SUZ said...

Oh my goodness those look soooo good. It’s must try for me! Thanks for sharing!

August 15, 2011 01:25 AM
Holly said...

Cool! Now when a recipe calls for some sort of gumdrop that I’ll never find in my stores, I can just make them! Thank you!

August 15, 2011 01:28 AM
Jamie said...

No matter how you slice it or dice it….or in this case let it sit and cube it, I LOVE sugar!! In any shape, size, texture or color.
I may have to try making these at Christmas time for a cute little stocking stuffer or small gift from an “elf”!!!

August 15, 2011 01:34 AM
Frances @ The Foodess Files said...

Wow, these would be fantastic for a shower gift or wedding favor! So fun and personal. Maybe someday LA will have a WIlly Wonka candy truck! sigh…

August 15, 2011 01:50 AM
Tonje said...

They look fantastic! What a great little gift for a sweet toothed friend :)

August 15, 2011 01:52 AM
vivian said...

The colors are oh-so kid-friendly~
I think I’ll be able to use this recipe for my elementary students at my church’s summer school program.
Thank you! ^-^

August 15, 2011 01:53 AM
Indie Thirfter said...

Oh.My.Yum! I’m making these NOW!

August 15, 2011 02:39 AM
Victoria Hobbs said...

I was thinking about your problem with pan sizes – would using silicone ice cube trays help with portion size and easy release do you think?

August 15, 2011 02:56 AM
Lezanne said...

Definitely going to give these a try – looks like sooo much fun!
Do you think that they would work as well with fructose instead of ordinary sugar – for those diabetics out there?

August 15, 2011 03:34 AM
Cutie Pie said...


August 15, 2011 03:47 AM
PupCakes said...

There really is no end to your creativity. I LOVE this idea.

Goody Goody! :)

I think I will give gumdrops a try!

August 15, 2011 03:59 AM
Anonymous said...

I haven’t read all the comments so it might have been mentioned, but if you have difficulty getting the set gel out of the form it usually helps to dip the form in some hot water, this melts the gelatine somewhat (a bit like an icecube) and the gel should slip out easily enough. Love your blog, you’re such an inspiration!

August 15, 2011 04:08 AM
Kristine @ SugarBeams said...

What beautiful little jewels! And I love the final packaging, what a wonderful gift this would be to receive!

August 15, 2011 04:14 AM
Sasha @ The Procrastobaker said...

This is a WONDERFUL idea that i am definitely going to try out! Your little candies turned out so cute :) Im a complete candy addict so to make my own would be so awesome, and make such individual gifts too :) Lovely!

August 15, 2011 04:31 AM
Edith said...

What a great treat, beautiful!
Can you tell me how much gelatin in grams you used? Out here they don’t sell packages like the ones you used. With your information I can recalculate!

Thanks in advance!
Keep going, I love your inspiring blog!
Kind greetings from the Dutch lowlands!

August 15, 2011 04:39 AM
Blog is the New Black said...

Ahhh, so pretty!

August 15, 2011 04:44 AM
sunny said...

So adorable. I love the packaging and they look so yummy.

August 15, 2011 04:55 AM
Annika said...

These are great! And the recipe looks very manageable. Thanks for sharing.

August 15, 2011 05:16 AM
Melissa said...

Too cute!

August 15, 2011 05:28 AM
Anne said...

They look yummy! Thanks for sharing !

August 15, 2011 06:00 AM
Jessica said...

So glad you are back and sharing these cute treats! I want to be you when I grow up! :)

August 15, 2011 06:24 AM
Tania said...

what fun- thanks for sharing!

August 15, 2011 06:39 AM
dina said...

very clever packaging idea. The gumdrops look dreamy…and messy. My kids would love them.

August 15, 2011 06:43 AM

Absolutely brilliant Angie!!! Love the colors, love the flavorings, love the packaging and the best part is that I’d love to receive these myself – always a plus!!

August 15, 2011 07:06 AM
Fallon said...

So cute!

August 15, 2011 07:13 AM
Vicki Bensinger said...

You never said if the Pam worked or not. I would think it would have. Plus the other thing you could have used for the shapes are those small square ice cube trays or the ones with those fun shapes. Does the book have other fun recipes as well? They look darling in spite of some difficulties you had.

August 15, 2011 07:17 AM
aussiemarina said...

what a bright fun blog………….they look sooooooooooooo yummy and SWEET !

August 15, 2011 07:21 AM
Cyndi said...

Wow!that is fantastic. It seems easy,i will try it one of these days.i admire how creative you are with your tags and the candies really looks yummy.

August 15, 2011 07:30 AM
Abby said...

My Grandma Gert made these in peppermint and wintergreen every Christmas! They are one of my all time favorite Christmas treats and make me think of her every time :)

August 15, 2011 07:33 AM
Shea said...

These will be so cute in orange and black for Halloween! :)

August 15, 2011 07:45 AM
Emma said...

Giveaway?! These look scrumdidlyumptious!

August 15, 2011 07:51 AM
Naina said...

I love the colors! The possibilities are endless

August 15, 2011 07:57 AM
Kara said...

Next time, just line the pan with plastic wrap, make sure to spray it with non-stick, and then you can pop it out to cut easier.

August 15, 2011 08:03 AM
Katie Beasley said...

Too cute!!! I can’t wait to try these with my girls!!!! I lOVE the packaging!! How did you attach it to the bag? How/what programing do you always use to make your labels and tag things? They always look awesome!!! I’m going to sell YUMYUMS at a 3 day craft fair and I need to make my own labels this week, any tips would be absolutley loved!!

August 15, 2011 08:08 AM
Miyuki said...

I think I will be making these very soon! very cute, what do you think about using silicone cake pans? should be easier to get them out without using oil…

August 15, 2011 08:31 AM
Molly said...

Thank you for sharing this! Our family is doing total repurposed, handmade, homemade Christmas gifts this year and this will be just perfect for a stocking stuffer. You can make these in Hanukkah or Christmas colors and flavor with mint extract.

August 15, 2011 08:33 AM
Amy Jackson said...

I love these, they are just darling! And the packaging is adorable too! What program do you use to create all of your labels?

August 15, 2011 08:53 AM
Jo and Sue said...

These are soooo pretty! I can’t wait to try these. Gumdrops are our mother’s favorite candy :)

August 15, 2011 08:53 AM
Cathy said...

Bakerella, why are you so cute. Whyyyyy.

August 15, 2011 08:59 AM
jennifer said...

Yes super cute… But how do they taste…

August 15, 2011 09:09 AM
melissa said...

So pretty! There are recipes to make them with fresh juice rather than water and flavoring. Fresh squeezed orange juice or grape juice, yummmmm!

August 15, 2011 09:10 AM
Susan Doherty said...

IMy dad loves gum drops so guess what I’ll be making him for his birthday?

August 15, 2011 09:14 AM
koren said...

OMG these are too cute!! will definately have to make these and iin good time as my daughters birthday is coming up in october!! how adorable love them!!

August 15, 2011 09:17 AM
Ann Marie said...

I have always wanted to make gumdrops with some unusual flavors — now I can. Thanks!!!

August 15, 2011 09:19 AM
Sandy Dickson said...

They’re really pretty, but the ultimate question is… so how do they TASTE??? Are they worth the effort?

August 15, 2011 09:32 AM
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. said...

fabulous!! These are so fun!

August 15, 2011 09:57 AM
Christina said...

Homemade gumdrops, that is the coolest thing ever! Love them! Such fun colors and so many possibilities, making school colors, holiday colors, thanks! I can’t stop looking at that picture of gumdrops up there, it is hypnotizing!

August 15, 2011 09:59 AM
Polly said...

Could you get any cuter or more creative? I thought not. :o)

August 15, 2011 10:12 AM
Aly said...

These are beyond fantastic!!!!! WOW! The colors are perfect and I bet they taste wonderful. I love it.

August 15, 2011 10:18 AM
colleen said...

I swear you are psychic! I was going crazy tring to find my moms gumdrop recipe to make for a bridal shower. She had no idea where she put it…then POOF right in my email it appears! You’re the best!

August 15, 2011 10:39 AM
Caroline_GoodCupcakesGood said...

I’ve actually made these for years now. I LOVE them!
I do it differently though. I put them in pans with baking paper. Its really easy to get them loose with baking paper, I promise! And I use scissors to cut them. When it get sticky I just wash the scissors in hot water and continue. Easy peasy!

August 15, 2011 10:44 AM
vicki said...

I will be makeing these as part of my yearly christmas sweet things i always make a couple xlg tins for each brother a little tin on top with these willl be just a perfect top off!!!!

August 15, 2011 10:46 AM
Seanna Lea said...

These look like a ton of fun. I’ll have to add these to making more pate de fruit and making marshmallows.

August 15, 2011 10:53 AM
Beckie said...

I can’t wait to make these. They will be perfect for gifts at Christmas.

August 15, 2011 11:07 AM
Angie @ Bigbearswife said...

oo my goodness how yummy looking! I’d make a TON of orange ones…. orange are the only kind I eat

August 15, 2011 11:12 AM
Julie in Edmonds said...

Get outta here! The mystery of the gumdrop revealed! I had no idea these were possible to make at home. Yours are AMAZING to look at (and no doubt to nibble…). :D

August 15, 2011 11:22 AM
Shannon said...

I want to make these soooooooo bad. YUM.

August 15, 2011 11:50 AM
MINDY1 said...

Oh how sweet and cheery those look :D

August 15, 2011 12:45 PM
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