Homemade Gumdrops – Experience the delight of crafting your delectable sweets with our recipe, for Homemade Gumdrops. These colorful and chewy treats are perfect for any occasion and surprisingly easy to make. Using ingredients like sugar, applesauce, and flavored gelatin these gumdrops are a hit among both children and adults.
The first time I tried my hand at making these homemade gumdrops was during a family gathering. Witnessing the excitement in my child’s eyes and the surprise on my husband’s face as they tasted these treats was truly priceless. Since then these gumdrops have become a family favorite often requested for gatherings and special events.
What makes these Homemade Gumdrops truly special?
What sets our Homemade Gumdrops recipe apart is its delightful adaptability and simplicity. You can easily customize it by experimenting with flavors and colors to match any occasion making it a wonderful project, for cooking with children or adding a touch to parties and family get-togethers. Not only do these gumdrops offer an explosion of flavor and a chewy texture that everyone adores but they also provide an opportunity to create cherished memories in the kitchen. Whether you’re preparing them for a celebration or simply enjoying some quality family time these homemade gumdrops are guaranteed to bring smiles and sweet moments.
What You Need To Make This Homemade Gumdrops Recipe?
Sugar: Sugar is more than a flavor enhancer; it plays a role in the texture and appearance of our gumdrops. Each tiny grain of sugar adds a touch of sparkle turning our jellies into shimmering gems. Even though we use plenty of it in this recipe every spoonful is vital to achieve that level of sweetness in our gumdrops.
Applesauce: Let’s not forget about the hero of our gumdrops! Applesauce not only brings a subtle fruity undertone. Also contributes to the wonderfully soft and chewy texture that we all love. It’s like receiving a hug with every bite. It’s a way to incorporate some fruit into our treat.
Flavored Gelatin (Strawberry and Lime): This is where the magic truly happens! The strawberry and lime gelatins aren’t about their colors or delicious flavors; they bring the joy of selecting and mixing them together. Experience the excitement as you witness the powder dissolve and witness the mixture come alive with hues. It’s, like being a wizard of flavors casting a spell to create these fruity treasures.
Unflavored Gelatin: The foundation of our gumdrops lies in this ingredient. It takes our mixture. Transforms it into those bouncy chewy morsels that we aim for. It’s similar, to a canvas, for our paint an element that seamlessly blends in letting the flavors and colors shine in the spotlight.
Steps To Make Homemade Gumdrops:
Step 1: In a saucepan combine 2 cups of sugar, 1 ⅓ cups of applesauce, 2 packages of strawberry gelatin, and 2 envelopes of gelatin. Allow the gelatin to soften for a minute.
Step 2: Heat the mixture, over medium heat while stirring constantly until it reaches a boiling point. Keep it boiling for one minute.
Step 3: Carefully pour the mixture into a greased pan measuring either 11×7 or 9×13 inches. Repeat these steps using lime gelatin.
Step 4: Place both pans, in the refrigerator. Let them chill for three hours.
Step 5: Once set cut the mixture into shapes. It can be quite sticky but a lot of fun when transferring them onto wax or parchment paper.
Step 6: Feel free to get creative by using Christmas cookie cutters to create shapes.
Step 7: Allow the candies to dry at room temperature for eight hours or overnight.
Step 8: Gently roll each gumdrop in the remaining sugar to give them a coating.
Step 9: Enjoy your gumdrops!
For the best results, in achieving the texture and easy handling of your gumdrops it’s important to pay attention to the process of setting them. After you pour the mixture into your pans use a spatula to smooth the top and create a surface. When it comes time to cut them into shapes lightly coat your cookie cutters or knife with an oil such as canola or vegetable oil. This simple trick prevents sticking. Makes it easier to achieve precise shapes. Remember that patience is key! Allow the gumdrops to fully set in the refrigerator and dry, after cutting. By taking care during the setting and cutting stages you will be rewarded with shaped gumdrops that have an even texture making them visually appealing as well as delicious to eat.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use different flavors of gelatin?
Certainly! You’re welcome to try out flavors of gelatin to add some excitement and diversity to your gumdrops.
How long do homemade gumdrops last?
When properly stored in an airtight container homemade gumdrops can maintain their freshness for two weeks.
Can I make these gumdrops sugar-free?
Absolutely! If you prefer sugar options you can utilize sugar gelatin along with a suitable sugar substitute, for the coating.
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