Homemade Gumdrops
A recipe for homemade orange gumdrop candy.
Recipe type: Candy
  • 4 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup cold water
  • half an orange
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ tsp. orange extract
  • about 3 drops each red and yellow food coloring
  • more sugar for coating, about 1-2 cups
  1. Combine gelatin with ½ cup cold water and the juice from half and orange. Set aside for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Combine ¾ cup water with sugar. Cut peel from orange half in large chunks, and add that to sugar mixture. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, then remove and discard orange peel, and add food coloring and extract.
  3. Add gelatin mixture to syrup, and stir until completely dissolved.
  4. Pour into an 8x8 or 11x7 pan lined with greased foil. Chill for several hours.
  5. Turn out chilled block onto cutting board well coated in sugar. Spread more sugar over the top. Cut into cubes.
  6. Place cubes in a dish filled with sugar, and toss to coat. Chill several hours, up to 2-3 days. Use a colander to remove excess sugar from gumdrops before serving.
To create other flavors, use other flavored extract. The fresh orange is not necessary, and that part of the recipe can be omitted if desired.
Recipe by Jens Favorite Cookies at https://jensfavoritecookies.com/2012/10/12/homemade-gumdrops/