Old-Fashioned Gumdrops

I love these! They taste exactly like the old-fashioned spiced gumdrops I ate so much as a kid.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy, holidays, peppermint
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 83kcal


  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • Green and red food coloring


  • In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over ½ cup of the water and let stand for 5 minutes. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and remaining water to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • Add the gelatin and reduce heat. Simmer and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in peppermint extract.
  • Divide mixture into two small bowls. Add 6 drops of green food coloring to one bowl and 6 drops of red food coloring to the other. Pour into two greased 8×3.75-inch loaf pans. Chill for 3 hours or until firm.
  • Loosen edges from the pan with a sharp knife and turn onto a sugared cutting board. Cut into ½-inch cubes and roll in sugar. Let stand at room temperature, uncovered, for 3 to 4 hours, turning every hour so all sides dry. Cover and chill.


Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Sugar: 20g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg