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August 16, 2011

Recipe: Gumdrop Favors

If you've never worked with gelatin (not to be confused with Jell-o), then you're missing out on lots of easy, great recipes. Bakerella shared this one for homemade gumdrops, which can be bagged for cute favors.
Just look at how sparkly and pretty these are. Want to try some for yourself? Check out the recipe and even print the favor labels for yourself!

Goodie Goodie Gumdrops (Makes about 8 dozen 3/4 inch gumdrops)


4 Tbsp gelatin (that’s about 6 envelopes)
1 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups boiling water
4 cups sugar
1/4 tsp flavored extract like lemon or peppermint
1-2 drops food coloring (I used four colors)
extra sugar for coating
3.75 X 6 inch treat bags
Goodie Goodie labels (print the 
Goodie Goodie pdf)
In a large pot, soften gelatin in cold water for five minutes. Stir in boiling water until gelatin dissolves. Stir in sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 25 minutes. Stir constantly. Pour mixture into 4 – 3X5 pans. Add 1/4 tsp extract and 1-2 drops food color to each pan. Stir until thoroughly combined.
Cover pan and chill overnight in the fridge.
Cut gelatin mixture into 3/4 inch cubes using a knife dipped in hot water. The gelatin may pull, but continue cutting. Separate cubes and roll in sugar until coated on all sides. Place gumdrops on wax paper and leave at room temperature for two days to crystallize.
Store in an airtight container.
Adapted from the book, Celebrating Candy

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