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.



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373 comments on “Goodie Goodie”

  1. So pretty and colorful… Yummy!!!

  2. The colors alone are irresistible!!

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

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

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

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

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

  8. OMG this is such a cute idea! Love them!

  9. How long do you suppose these keep?

  10. these are so cute!!

    i’ll try them soon!!

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. You are so darn talented and creative!

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

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

  17. SO fun! I definitely want to try this!

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

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

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

  21. I am seeing some really cute teacher gifts this year…

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

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

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

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

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

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

  28. They look great thanks for sharing !

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

  30. 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!

  31. they look so beautiful and yummy

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

  33. 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.

  34. So adorable!

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

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

  37. I LOVE how you package your treats! So cute!

  38. Simply adorable and such fun colors! Luv ’em!

  39. 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

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

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

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

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

  44. 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!

  45. 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”!!!

  46. 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…

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

  48. Bakerella.. THESE ARE GORGEOUS!
    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! ^-^

  49. Oh.My.Yum! I’m making these NOW!

  50. 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?

  51. 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?

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

    Goody Goody! :)

    I think I will give gumdrops a try!

  53. 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!

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

  55. 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!

  56. 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!

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

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

  59. They look yummy! Thanks for sharing !

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

  61. what fun- thanks for sharing!

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

  63. 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!!

  64. 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.

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

  66. 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.

  67. 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 :)

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

  69. Giveaway?! These look scrumdidlyumptious!

  70. I love the colors! The possibilities are endless

  71. 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.

  72. 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!!

  73. 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…

  74. 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.

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

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

  77. Bakerella, why are you so cute. Whyyyyy.

  78. Yes super cute… But how do they taste…

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

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

  81. 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!!

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

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

  84. 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!

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

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

  87. 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!

  88. 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!

  89. 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!!!!

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

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

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

  93. 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

  94. I want to make these soooooooo bad. YUM.

  95. Oh how sweet and cheery those look :D

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