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Homemade Gumdrops

Homemade gum drops are a fun and tasty science experiment you can easily make at home. Give this colorful candy making a try!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Sitting Time12 hrs
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: gum drops
Servings: 2 Pounds
Calories: 2117kcal


  • 6 envelopes unflavored gelatin 4 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp flavored extract lemon, orange, peppermint, etc
  • 12 drops liquid food coloring
  • 1 cup sugar for coating

Special Equipment


  • In a large pot (yes, a large stew pot, you'll need it!), stir together the gelatin and cold water. Let sit 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, let the additional water come to a boil in a small saucepan or in the microwave. Pour the boiling water over the gelatin mixture and stir until dissolved, about 1 minute. Stir in the sugar. 
  • Place the pot over a burner at medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Let simmer until the mixture reaches 240-255 degrees F, about 25 minutes, stirring constantly and scraping sides to avoid burning any sugar. The mixture will get quite thick.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the flavor extract of your choice. Next, add food coloring, or divide the mixture among bowls and add food coloring for multiple colors. 
  • Pour gelatin into silicone molds. Let sit at room temperature, 12 hours. 
  • Remove candy from molds. If you need to cut the candies, run your knife under hot water before each cut to avoid sticking. Roll in extra sugar to coat.
  • Place on a wax paper lined tray. Cover with a tea towel and let sit at room temperature for 48 hours to crystalize.


  • Want sour candies? Instead of rolling the candies in plain sugar, add a tablespoon or two of citric acid to the sugar mixture.
  • Stays good for up to 4 weeks. 


Calories: 2117kcal | Carbohydrates: 399g | Protein: 145g | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 27mg | Sugar: 399g | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2.1mg