Easy Homemade Gum Drops Recipe For National Gum Drop Day
February 15th is National Gum Drop Day—as if the day after Valentine’s Day needed more candy! However, here’s an easy gum drops recipe that you can make for fun, and for later. Just store them in the fridge.
Gum drops are an American invention, although we don’t know exactly whom to thank. Here’s the history of gum drops.
Gum drops can be flavored with any flavor of extract. When they’re flavored with spices (allspice, cinnamon, clove, licorice, peppermint, and wintergreen, for example) they’re called spice drops.
While this recipe is for raspberry gum drops, you can vary the flavor by varying the extract and the food color. For example:
Thanks to Taste of Home for the recipe.
For Christmas, here’s their recipe for holiday gumdrops.
1. SPRINKLE the gelatin over 1/2 cup water in a small bowl; let stand for 5 minutes.
2. BRING the sugar and remaining water to a boil in a small saucepan, over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add the gelatin and reduce the heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
3. REMOVE from the heat; stir in the extract and food coloring. Pour into a greased 8-inch-square pan.
4. REFRIGERATE, covered, for 3 hours or until firm. Loosen the edges of the candy from the pan with a knife; turn onto a sugared work surface.
5. CUT into 1-inch squares; roll in sugar. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature until all sides are dry, turning every hour for 3-4 hours. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator.