Sweeten Your Next Party with Homemade Gumdrops

This easy-to-make homemade gumdrops recipe uses only four ingredients, and gumdrops are a fun addition to any party.

December 2014/January 2015

Yield: 117 gumdrops

Family recipes have long sweetened our holidays and provided fun bonding time. Here’s a homemade gumdrops recipe that we’ve had great success with over the years.


• 4 tbsp gelatin
• 1 cup cold water
• 3 cups fruit juice
• Vegetable coloring
• 2 cups sugar


1. Soak gelatin in cold water for 5 minutes. Bring fruit juice to a boil. Add the gelatin to the boiling fruit juice, stirring constantly. Add 2 drops of vegetable coloring, if desired. Pour into a greased, 9-by-13-inch cake pan and let stand overnight in your refrigerator.

2. The next morning, cut into 1-by-1-inch squares; toss squares in granulated sugar. Let stand 2 days to crystallize.

Audrey Carli
Iron River, Michigan