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Just 5 Ingredients -Easy Homemade Gumdrops

Easy Homemade Gumdrops

Make your Christmas super sweet with these Easy Homemade Gumdrops. They are the perfect treat for friends & family throughout the holiday season.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Rest 1 day
Servings 60 pieces


  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin about 2 tbsp
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar + more for coating the gumdrops later
  • 3-6 drops food coloring color of choice
  • 2-5 drops food flavoring extracts flavor of choice


  • Grease a 9×13 glass baking dish with oil or cooking spray.
  • Prepare gelatin mixture by combining the gelatin with 1/2 cup of the cold water.
  • Stir until combined & then let stand while you work on the syrup.
  • Next, combine 3/4 cup water & sugar in a small saucepan.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, making sure to stir frequently.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes, continuing to stir.
  • Remove from heat & VERY carefully add gelatin mixture, food coloring of choice & flavor extract of choice.
  • Stir to combine & then pour into prepared pan.
  • Refrigerate for at least 3 hours but it is best to leave overnight.
  • The next day, cover a large cutting board or another flat surface with parchment paper.
  • Sprinkle the parchment with additional granulated sugar, making an even layer.
  • Carefully remove the gelatin by loosening up the sides with a spatula & pull to release from the pan, laying down on top of the sugar.
  • Sprinkle with more sugar.
  • Use your favorite metal cookies cutters to cut your gumdrops into the shapes & sizes you desire.
  • Flip & roll any remaining sticky sides of the gumdrops in the sugar to coat.
  • Store coated gumdrops in an airtight container.
  • *Note – To keep the cookie cutters from sticking, run under hot water before cutting the gelatin. Periodically clean them between cuts by running under hot water again.