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Homemade Gumdrops

  • Author: Audrey
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 48 pieces 1x


Immerse yourself in the world of candy making with our recipe, for Homemade Gumdrops. It’s like taking an expedition to the sweet simplicity of childhood, where fruity flavors and chewy textures come together in perfect symmetry. Each delectable morsel bursts with joy evoking remembrances of candy stores and carefree days. Made with ingredients such as applesauce and gelatin these gumdrops showcase the mysticism of treats. With their jewel appearance and the ability to customize flavors these homemade gems are more, than candies; they’re tiny edible gems that will bring smiles and spoil your sweet tooth on any occasion.



5 c sugar, divided

2 2/3 c applesauce, divided

2 packages (3 oz each) strawberry gelatin

2 packages (3 oz each) lime gelatin

4 envelopes unflavored gelatin, divided


To prepare the strawberry gumdrops:

Take a saucepan and combine 2 cups of sugar, 1 ⅓ cups of applesauce, 2 packets of strawberry gelatin and 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin.

Let the mixture stand for about a minute.

Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring it to a boil while stirring constantly. Keep boiling for another minute.

Grease an 11×7 or 9×13 inch pan and pour the mixture into it.

Now let’s move on to making the lime gumdrops:

Repeat step one using a set of ingredients; 2 cups of sugar, 1 ⅓ cups of applesauce, 2 packets of lime gelatin and 2 envelopes of gelatin.

Once both mixtures are prepared:

Refrigerate both pans for three hours until they are firmly set.

Cut the mixture into squares or use cookie cutters to create various shapes.

Transfer the gumdrops onto wax or parchment paper.

Allow them to dry naturally at room temperature for eight hours or overnight.

Lastly, roll each gumdrop in some remaining sugar for a touch.

Now you can indulge in your gumdrops! Enjoy!


If you have a sweet tooth but need to be cautious, about gluten don’t worry! Our recipe, for Homemade Gumdrops can easily be adjusted to be gluten-free. The secret is to choose the right ingredients. Gelatin and sugar are gluten-free but it’s important to read labels especially when it comes to flavored gelatin products that might contain hidden gluten. When selecting applesauce go for an unadulterated version without any added fillers or flavors that could potentially have gluten in them.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes