Gumdrops & Spicedrops – Oh My…

Lets make some gumdrops!  I had no idea it was so easy to make them.  I’m usually intimidated by candy recipes… but gumdrops require no special equipment, thermometers or unusual ingredients.  So come follow along and make some candy with me!

Gumdrops / Spicedrops are delectable little gelatin based candies, normally coated in sugar.  Spicedrops?  What are they?  Well let’s start with gumdrops.  Gumdrops would be the fruity flavoured ones such as cherry, orange, lemon, lime, grape etc.  Spicedrops would be peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, cardamon, clove, anise etc.  Mmm… cardamon sounds lovely to me!  

Here we go.

You’ll need some coarse white sugar, food colouring, some flavoured extract, a loaf pan or something similar and some Knox gelatin.  The gelatin was the only thing I had to pick up at the store.  Everything else I had on hand.

As per the gelatin packet instructions, dissolve 1 packet into 1/4 cup of cold water for 5 minutes.

Transfer gelatin to a saucepan.  Add 1/2 cups of boiling hot water and stir to dissolve the gelatin.

Add 2 cups of white granulated sugar.

Add any food colouring / flavouring you wish.  I decided to do a blue-green colour.  3 drops blue, to 1 drop green.  I also added 1 tsp of pure peppermint extract.  So technically, mine are spicedrops!

Bring mixture to a low boil until sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture looks clear.  About 15 minutes.

Poor into pan.  Cover loosely with foil or plastic wrap and let the mixture chill in the fridge for at least 24 hours.

Cut, into cubes, roll into balls, or let them be blobs… whatever you like.  I went with blobs.  I think it looks more ‘homemade’ that way.  If you want a more formed drop, see the ‘Tips’ section at the bottom of  this post.

Roll the little gems in coarse, granulated sugar so they are completely coated.

Set them on a wax paper lined baking sheet.  They will need to set out in the air for a couple days to crystallize and firm up into yummy gummies :)  I set a piece of foil over top just to keep anything in the air from settling on them.


Think of all the awesome flavour combinations and think outside the box!  How about orange + clove or cardamon + lemon?  Or…wait for it…. chile + lime!  Add the spice right to the gelatin mixture while it’s cooking or to the sugar you are using to coat them.  I think they would have to be called, ‘Gourmetdrops’!

Ingredient Recap

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 envelope Knox brand gelatin + 1/4 cup of cold water
  • Food colouring of choice
  • Pure flavouring extract of choice
  • White sugar to coat the drops, approx 1 cup or more.

Options for colouring and flavouring

  • Use one single serving packet of Crystal Lite drink mix in place of flavouring and colouring
  • Use 1 tbsp of Jell-O powder in place of flavouring and colouring
  • Use pure extracts and artificial colourings
  • You can use natural fruit juices, or frozen concentrate but you would need to adjust your water measurements accordingly.


  • When cutting into pieces, spray knife with non-stick cooking spray, wipe off excess.
  • If the gelatin mixture is sticking to the pan when you try to remove your pieces, set the pan in a shallow bath of hot water for a few seconds.
  • To get a more formed shape, let the gelatin set for 48 hours in the fridge instead of just 24 hours.
  • Store in a cool dry place. The container does not have to be air tight.

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  1. says

    Oooh….this sounds like a fab recipe to add to my collection of homemade Xmas goodies the friends and family will be receiving. Can’t wait to give it a go!!

    Just out of curiosity though…do you have an idea how long they will keep?


  2. says

    Thanks for visiting! They are just candy so they should keep for a couple months. I have had a batch I made sitting in a glass jar (with a lid that doesn’t seal, so air can still get at it) for the past 6 weeks and they are still good 😉 In fact, I think they are even better!


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