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.



Andrea said...

Those look amazing! What a fun thing to make!

August 15, 2011 01:00 PM
Jennifer said...

I absolutely love this idea and they don’t look as complicated as one would have thought. The colors are just fab, like a piece of art!

August 15, 2011 01:01 PM
Elizabeth said...

You make it look so easy! I can’t wait to try them for myself. Thanks for sharing.

August 15, 2011 01:45 PM
Beth said...

I had the same thought as the other commenters that mentioned silicone ice cube trays. Check out this adorable mini silicone ice cube tray at Amazon:

August 15, 2011 02:05 PM
Ceilidh said...

I love this idea! Thx for sharing!!! =)

August 15, 2011 02:19 PM
Francesca Lobban said...

These are so pretty – what a wonderful idea. Well done Bakerella, another stunning creation.

August 15, 2011 03:32 PM
Darlene T. said...

Cute! Great idea to give as little Christmas treats. :)

August 15, 2011 03:36 PM
Nicole said...

how long are they good for?
what if i make them to put in my welcome bags for out of town guests to our wedding? could i make them a week or so in advance?

your photos are awesome!

August 15, 2011 04:16 PM
tamela said...

So cute!! Can’t wait to give these a try!

August 15, 2011 04:21 PM
karen d. of fayetteville said...

These would be perfect for an upcoming birthday!! Thanks Bakerella :0)

August 15, 2011 04:45 PM
Jennifer said...

these look so cute! I want to eat my computer screen!!

August 15, 2011 04:53 PM
Naia said...

Bakerella, you never cease to amaze me..what a great idea for party favors, etc! Thank You for sharing. BTW, I just took a look at your kidney pops…OMG I WANT TO EAT THEM!

August 15, 2011 05:29 PM
MO said...

I do not like gumdrops but if I could flavor them myself… oooo here comes some fun flavors!!! Thank You!

August 15, 2011 05:50 PM
B said...

“Place gumdrops on wax paper and leave at room temperature for two days to crystallize.” In a sealed container, or left uncovered? Despite my best efforts, flies keep getting into my home, I can’t leave food uncovered, so hoping they can be put in a container or covered while they crystallize! I would like to give this a go.

August 15, 2011 06:14 PM
Anne said...

Love this! In holiday colors they would make amazing little treats too! Halloween party goodie bags…I can see it now!

August 15, 2011 06:19 PM
davi said...

awww~ Those gumdrops look so yummy!

August 15, 2011 06:28 PM
Amy said...

These are SO cute! I love the pictures!! (Although I’m not really a gum-drop fan!)

August 15, 2011 07:38 PM
deb said...

It’s so wonderful to have you back.

August 15, 2011 07:43 PM
Nic@diningwithastud said...

Love these! We call them jubes in Oz and they always remind me of my grandparents :) they were little treats for the grandkids whenever we went over :)

August 15, 2011 08:30 PM
Michelle Rajca-Frost said...

Oh my goodness, these are adorable and are going on my must try list… now for a reason to make them.

August 15, 2011 08:43 PM
Anonymous said...

talk about eye candy! I wanna make these, they would be perfect for my gum drop cookies…..thanks for the beautiful pics and recipe. LOVE your blog!!!!!

August 15, 2011 08:45 PM
Mommyof2Girlz/StephD said...

So awesome for a candy shop b-day party…LOVE, thanks for sharing!

August 15, 2011 08:59 PM
Beth said...


Gumdrops- such happy little candies!

August 15, 2011 09:20 PM
Erin said...

Oh. My. God. These are so cute I’m going to die!!!!! I need to try this out! Thanks Bakerella. <3

August 15, 2011 10:06 PM
Diana said...

So cute! And I love all the pretty colors!

August 15, 2011 11:03 PM
Chrissy said...

These are adorable! Do you think using almond extract as one of the flavors would work? My boyfriend LOVES the cherry-like taste of almond extract.

August 15, 2011 11:48 PM
Olive said...

How cute and colorful!! My kids are gonna love these! :)

August 16, 2011 12:37 AM
PHYLLIS said...

How wonderful.. So cute and fun.

August 16, 2011 01:29 AM
Randi said...

I am blown away each time I receive an e-mail from you. Everything you create is a thumbs-up for me and my family. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your ideas with all of us – you rock!

August 16, 2011 03:08 AM
lidia@ sugarslut said...

these are too cute!
i’m not sure if i should make them though,
they probably look way better than they taste.

August 16, 2011 03:37 AM
Kaci said...

They’re so pretty!!

August 16, 2011 03:39 AM
Damita said...

So pretty and colourful! I must make some!

August 16, 2011 06:17 AM
Laetitia said...

If it tastes so good as it looks i’m jealous to can’t eat some right now!

August 16, 2011 06:43 AM
Katrina said...

So cute! They even make me smile!

August 16, 2011 07:10 AM
morgana said...

Oh, my, what a cute cute cute thing !!! I love the colors, wish I could smell the screen. ;-)

August 16, 2011 07:33 AM
Darla @ Bakingdom said...

The bags should say “Yummy Yummy” or “Pretty Pretty”! Love these, and they look easier than you’d expect!

August 16, 2011 08:38 AM
JulieD said...

Love these! They are so cute! Hope you’re doing well these days. :)

August 16, 2011 11:18 AM
Displaced northerner said...

OMG I can die happy now. Cavities & all!

I never thought of making my own & this is going to be a FUN recipe to make wihen my grandkids & nephews visit!


August 16, 2011 11:40 AM
Hilary said...

Those are just TOO cute! You never cease to amaze me, Bakerella…looks like fun!

August 16, 2011 11:45 AM
Stacey said...

This is just too cute :3

August 16, 2011 12:42 PM
Created by Christi said...

You always make everything look so easy! Now I feel like an idiot. I tried to make these last night and ended up with a total disaster on my hands. I followed the directions as best I could, using medium-high heat and stirring, but after 20 minutes I basically had gloppy gritty looking caramel. There was no salvaging it. :(

August 16, 2011 01:42 PM
Cupcake luver said...

I am making these for ginger bread houses!

August 16, 2011 01:57 PM
isabella said...

ACK so cute! unfortunately my mom has a strict rule against candy after my friend spilled sugar all over her stove. but these are beautiful!

August 16, 2011 02:20 PM
lynn @ the actor's diet said...

i am a candy addict!!! have never had homemade…

August 16, 2011 02:32 PM
sara said...

So cute!!! These look awesome! Very adorable gumdrops. :)

August 16, 2011 02:36 PM
Kacey S said...

So cute. I think these are going to be favors for my daughter’s 1st birthday!

August 16, 2011 03:38 PM
Maia said...

How light-hearted, youthful, carefree, and colorful! Just what I needed… fall is sneaking up on me, but these are just too playfully sweet to start feeling like summer is over. Thank you!

August 16, 2011 04:26 PM
jessica Bustamante said...

Bakerella you are the best

August 16, 2011 04:58 PM
Faun said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe, can’t wait to try them! My mom passed down her gumdrop cake recipe and I’m betting these will be better in the cake than the store bought kind.

August 16, 2011 10:47 PM
Veronica said...

Another “project” for my christmas gifts this year. I’m trying to do a mostly homemade Christmas Gift thing this year for most people. Yay!

August 16, 2011 11:54 PM
Tracy C. said...

I have not been on your site in a few months because I had a baby the end of May. I was thinking of you tonight and wondering if you had already had surgery… I am so glad to read that you & your mom are doing so well! =)

August 17, 2011 12:32 AM
Linda Maxwell said...

I am so going to make these for favors at my cookie exchange this year. Thank you for the great idea. Hope mine come out as cute as yours.

August 17, 2011 01:51 AM
Bex kitchen said...

To much to look at for a 12 year old. I will have good dreams now :)

August 17, 2011 08:47 AM
Rex said...

We already started these and I need help! When they’re crystalizing do they need to be in an airtight container?

August 17, 2011 11:44 AM
Yael said...

Dear Bakearella,
I tried this woonderfull candies. They are now waiting patiently with the suger to harden. I have a question… I live in Israel, where the weather is hot… room temperature is close to 30…the candy top hardened but the buttom and inside is melting… is it ok to put it in the refrigiator to harden? I’m also worried that ants might come to it… what do you think?
(I’m trying too cool the room with air conditioniong but I can’t leave it working all day….
Thanks for your great recepies as always! Got your book the minute you published. I just had to have it deliverd here…


August 17, 2011 01:36 PM
Bego said...

Genial! como siempre.
Un saludo

August 17, 2011 01:42 PM
Ckay said...

You are an artist! Thank you so much.
How long in advance can I make them or
how long are they good for?
Shall I store them in the fridge.
Thank you for your answer. I have a birthdayparty to organise

August 17, 2011 03:52 PM
Nic said...

I don’t know if anyone already said this but, would it have worked better to get them out if you dusted the pans with cornstarch before adding the mixture? Thats what they do in the big candy companies, might be worth a shot?

August 17, 2011 03:56 PM
Mighty Morgan said...

Those are awesome!! Thank you for sharing this colorful tidbit. Well they “look” easy enough to make, can’t wait to try them out!


August 17, 2011 04:26 PM
FairlyOddMother said...

Hooray! So glad to see you up and around again! Just linked this to my blog post. I’d used citrus gumdrops from Trader Joe’s as an anchor for some Fruit Loop kabobs for a baby shower. Would’ve loved to have had this recipe to customize them! Thanks for always testing the baking/candy making waters for the rest of us and giving us the courage to dive in and try it ourselves!

August 17, 2011 06:05 PM
The Newlywed Chefs said...

Too stinkin’ cute!!

August 17, 2011 07:43 PM
Karen said...

Love Love Love these! I can see these in my holiday future!!! Your pictures are so beautiful!!! Love the colors. Have never really been a gumdrop fan..especially those nasty spice flavored ones!!! But…I think these look yummy! I want one right now!!! SO thankful that you are back!!!

August 18, 2011 12:10 AM
Katherine said...

What a fun idea! Totally wanna try this.

August 18, 2011 01:30 AM
Ashley said...

These are gorgeous! So much fun! Makes me want to try my own batch!

August 18, 2011 09:53 AM
Margot Madison said...

Delightful! Not sure I’m ready for the mess, but they are hard to resist!

August 18, 2011 10:34 AM
Regina W said...

I love this idea. Very cute. Did you know that you are on the list of Faves for Piperlime? I love seeing my favorites featured on other faves. Kinda cool.

August 18, 2011 01:54 PM
Valerie @ Chateau A La Mode said...

What a fun, super cute, adorable recipe and looks pretty simple. I will have to give these a whirl.

August 18, 2011 05:14 PM
Erin said...

I love soft, chewy candy. I bet these are super. Can’t wait to make them.

August 18, 2011 07:14 PM
Catherine said...

So I tried this recipe 2 days ago and they still haven’t crystilized.. Is there a way to make the crystallization process go any quicker?

August 18, 2011 09:36 PM
Laura said...

Would a cookie sheet with sides be to large to use?

August 18, 2011 09:45 PM
Beth said...

I’m just wondering… how well would these go over if made with coconut sugar?

Coconut sugar is a natural sweetener that’s safe for diabetics and one I used recent;y to make cookies for my diabetic Dad. He really enjoyed them and it has the same consistency as regular cane sugar.

I’ll have to experiment at some point soon. Will post the results.

August 19, 2011 12:06 AM
barbara said...

Love how they look. In my next supermarket visit i’ll buy some gellatine and i’ll try to make them!

August 19, 2011 02:50 AM
christine said...

omgosh these are SOOO cute! i love the colors!

August 19, 2011 10:54 AM
Mel said...

Fun! Would it work with pre-flavored packets?

August 19, 2011 11:32 AM
Anita Strauss said...

How pretty! I am going to hand these out as favors at my next party.

August 19, 2011 12:12 PM
Lindsay - Oh La La Mum said...

What a fun project! I’d love to make these as favors for a shower or party…

August 19, 2011 02:06 PM
Sara said...

wow the colors are incredible. gorgeous photos! i’m very impresed!! hahah

August 19, 2011 03:25 PM
gema said...

it would have NEVER occured to me to make my own gum drops….i make flowers and decorations for my cake gems/cupcake bites out of gumdrops….YAY!! blue gumdrops that DONT have to taste like black licorice. *dances*

August 19, 2011 07:35 PM
gema said...

it would have NEVER occured to me to make my own gumdrops. i use them to make flowers and decorate my cakegems/cupcake bites…now i can have blue flowers that DONT have to taste like black licorice. i’m SO excited.

August 19, 2011 07:38 PM
kate (picklelady) said...

I made these at christmastime just to have an alternate texture in my candy gifts. I did some with coconut milk instead of extract, and rolled them in a mixture of sugar and toasted coconut that I had crushed together in the blender. I also did a lemon. They got rave reviews!

August 20, 2011 08:52 AM
Nicole Massaro said...

Those gumdrops look great–so cute and colorful. I bet they’re really fun to make!

August 20, 2011 11:53 AM
BintElOud said...

Oh my goodness, you’ve done it again! It’s reasons like this that I feel a little sad I live in the Middle East where you can’t find those ingredients! Maybe next time I travel I can find some of them so I can make delicious little treats just like yours! :) Keep up the awesome sweeties, they all look AMAZING! *drool*

August 20, 2011 05:54 PM
Kylene said...

upon seeing this i immediately said, “oh! how sweet!” and seriously, those are the cutest gumdrops ever!

August 20, 2011 07:47 PM
Cathe said...

I so can’t wait to make these. I am so excited… My mom came into town and brought me your cake pop book and I can’t wait to create…

August 20, 2011 10:24 PM
kyleen said...

I don’t really like candy, but these looks so cute! I love how you made a rainbow of colours.

August 20, 2011 10:47 PM
Yael said...

oh goodness those look good. Gotta go find me some gelatin now!!

August 21, 2011 02:46 AM
Festive Party Girl - Angie said...

I LOVE gumdrops. Thanks for sharing this adorable idea and recipe. The goodie bag was the perfect way to package up the little beauties.

August 21, 2011 12:34 PM
Jen said...

I made these yesterday. They look amazing. Coated in sugar today so now we are waiting. Tough for my 5 yr old! I used glass pans and no spray and they came out PERFECT. Soaking the pans in warm water before removing did help, but not 100% needed. Thx for the inspiration.

August 21, 2011 03:16 PM
Kasey K said...

I didn’t get a chance to read through all the comments so I apologize if someone suggested this…

I made a big batch of these this weekend (they’re setting up as we speak), but I bought those little 3 cup Pyrex glass containers and used those for the initial mold. They work wonders! I did end up with some edge pieces that weren’t square, and instead a little rounded due to the way gelatin sets, however, if those are less desired than cute squares, a really fine line can be cut from corner to corner to square off the tops, if that makes sense. Not much waste at all. The great thing about the glass containers was that the pieces were incredibly easy to pull off without any collateral damage.

August 22, 2011 04:34 PM
Cari Cruse said...

Sooooo yummy-looking – like little jewels!! :)

August 23, 2011 12:39 AM
Pinky said...

Those look absolutely delightful! Wonder if it can be made sugar-free for us diabetics.

August 24, 2011 05:03 AM
christine tsetso said...

I have made 3 batches of these since last week when you posted this as my daughter’s first birthday was on the weekend… I thought I would be a little more healthy with the first batch and used cartoned strawberry citrus juice and 2 cups of sugar. Second batch was made with no sugar and frozen juice concentrate. Do not do either of these LOL. I’m not sure if these are supposed to get chewy (i hope they are) but the first batch was like jello but a bit tougher and the second liquified after i coated them in sugar. Last night I decided to follow the recipe… except I didnt click on the link to this page and didnt know that I should cook for 25 mins and also your type out of the recipe says to use 1/4 tsp flavor but the official recipe says 1/4 per pan so I dont think I used enough lemon oil in the latest batch. I also used 6 pouches of gelatin and just realised that each pack of gelatin contains 1 Tbs. So I have been using way to much! Is your knox gelatin different in the states from Canada? I cut up the latest batch tonight and got about 250 pieces. I am really hoping they will turn out. Can you tell us what kind of consistency they end up being after the 3 days of waiting? If these are a disaster I think I may get my hands on some pectin and try another recipe next time. HELP!

August 25, 2011 01:38 AM
Jessie said...

When the weather’s good, we make these in our bakery. ^_^ The best way we’ve found is to spray and paper a half sheet baking sheet, and when we’re ready to cut to just flip it out onto a board with granulated sugar. Peel back the parchment and dust liberally with more sugar before cutting into cubes with a hot wet chef’s knife.

August 25, 2011 11:48 AM
Linda Bick said...

SooooooooCute !!!!!!

August 25, 2011 01:55 PM
Sarah at Mr. Food said...

What a fun idea! Super colorful and better-looking than any store-bought gum drop. Plus the cute labels :)

August 25, 2011 08:16 PM
cupcakeluvr said...

Bakerella –

soooooooo cute!!!

could you just use jell-o, and let is sit with the sugar?

August 26, 2011 03:06 PM
Dar Reed said...

Just finished making these. I might have an easier way to get the gum drops out of the pans. Instead of little pans I put the hot sugar mix in two small jelly roll pans. After taking them out of the fridge, I placed them in some hot water in the sink just to warm the bottom of the pan, loosening them. I then sprinkled top with with sugar before removing from pan. I prepared another jelly roll pan with sugar and roll the gum drop sheet onto the sugared pan. Now both sides should be coated with sugar and you can just cut them into square without having to heat the knife….the sugar keeps it from being sticky. When cut into pieces just shake them around in the pan to coat with sugar and place onto wax paper. This system was quick and “stickyless.”

August 26, 2011 03:25 PM
bakinglistaslongasmyarm said...

can this be done with sheet gelatin? I happen to have some in my cupboard

August 26, 2011 03:34 PM
Dreaming Bear said...

These are fun, fun, fun!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

August 26, 2011 07:03 PM
OnSugarMountain said...

Ah these are adorable!! I only made gumdrops once when I was little, but my mom got so frustrated we never tried again.

But how could I say no to trying this out?!? So pretty and such a neat gift – especially if I dye them Halloween colors for trick or treaters!

August 27, 2011 11:12 AM
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