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Homemade Gum Drops Candy Recipe

Gum Drops Recipe

Gum Drops

Among all the sweets, and I mean candies, gum drops will be my children’s favorites. In fact, I may even hide it from my 3 years old son, who can eat an entire pack all by himself. Gum drops will be the first candies I’ve even made , and since then I managed to change the recipe a few times ,trying to cut down the amount of sugar, and to my surprise after reducing the sugar amount 50% less than the original recipe required ,the gum drops still taste really good and sweet and adding some lime juice turned out to be another flavor enhancement .

I would suggest using silicone ice molds when making these candies, to have no problems when squeezing the candies out, without damaging the shape.Or in case you can’t find those , just line a loaf pan with foil, spray with oil and use it as a mold. Later you can slice the candy into square or rectangle shapes, with greased knife.

Enjoy the recipe and stay healthy:)

Gum Drops


Gum Drops

3 packs of unflavored gelatin (7-8 grams each) plus 1/2 cup cold water

1 cup of sugar, plus a few tablespoons extra for dipping the candies

3/4 cup water

1tbs fresh lime or lemon juice

Food coloring & flavor extract at your preference

You will need silicone molds for freezing the gumdrops and an oil spray ,to grease the molds

Gum Drops


Gum Drops

In a big bowl mix gelatin with 1/2 cold water and set aside

In a heavy bottom sauce pan bring to a bowl the 1 cup of sugar and 3/4 cup water

Add the lime juice

Lower the heat and let it cook and simmer for 7-10 minutes or until the mixture thickens

Turn off the heat and add gelatin mixture, mix to incorporate

Divide the mixture into three portions

Add a few drops of food coloring and 1/3 Tsp extract to each

Mix and pour into lightly greased molds

Freeze 3-5 hours or until gumdrops harden

Remove from fridge, let it stand for 10 minutes and start removing from molds

Dip in sugar and enjoy!

Gum Drops


  1. Enjoyed watching your interesting video. Is so simple to make the gum drops candy and is so colourful and I am sure kids will get attracted to it. Thank you for sharing your recipe Heghneh.

  2. Hello, I hope you can tell me what I need to know. I made some of these to give as gifts for Christmas this year, they turned out delicious. But I need to know how to store them. Should I store them in the refrigerator or can I store them at room temperature? I also use pure cane sugar, the unrefined kind, and found that dipping them in that Sugar turns out a little too crunchy. So I just didn’t dip them. I will also try with fruit juice instead of flavoring, the pineapple flavoring I used leaves an awful aftertaste. Probably just that particular flavoring. Overall a wonderful recipe and the kids really enjoyed it!

    • You can store them at room temperature, raspberry, mango , mint flavors work perfectly
      I don’t like dipping these in sugar either 🙂
      Happy Holidays!

  3. I tried a very similar recipe this Christmas, using fresh orange juice. Unfortunately when I dipped the gummies in sugar, they began to melt. I used gelatin sheets rather than powder. The sugar did not stick to the gummies. I tried granulated sugar, superfine sugar, and sparkling sugar with the same results. Do you have an ideas on what went wrong?

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