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Christmas Gumdrops


  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • red, yellow and green food coloring
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  • your choice of flavorings
  • additional sugar for coating


Combine gelatin with cold water and soak for 10 minutes. Dissolve 4 cups of sugar in the boiling water and stir in the softened gelatin. Simmer SLOWLY for exactly 15 minutes and remove from heat. Divide into 3 parts. Color one part yellow and add 1/2 tsp. of lemon, orange, or almond flavoring. Color one part red and add 1/2 tsp. cherry or strawberry flavoring. Color one part green and add 1/2 tsp. mint flavoring. You may use any flavoring with any color you wish, but be sure to use only 1/2 tsp. of one flavoring in each part of the candy. Let set for 24 hours. (Do not refrigerate).

Now lay a sheet of wax paper on your work counter. Sprinkle a generous amount of granulated sugar in the center. Dip the bottom of the pan of candy in warm water to loosen and turn the candy out on the sugar. Dip a knife in hot water and cut the candy into squares. Coat each piece well with the sugar, place on trays which have been covered with wax paper and sprinkle with sugar. Be sure the pieces do not touch until they are well set. They can be covered with a piece of waxed paper and then a tea towel.


In 3 weeks, these will be firm and ready for Christmas. In fact, they are perfect for mailing because they improve with age.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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