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Homemade Gum Drops

Homemade Gum Drops have been on my list since before Christmas, and I simply ran out of time. When I was thinking about Valentine’s Day treats, I remembered these and knew they would be perfect. Just like Homemade Marshmallows, they are lots easier than you would think, and of course taste better too.

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These Gum Drops are soft and sweet but not too sweet. I started with a Taste of Home recipe, and the secret…applesauce. Who would have known?

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The beauty of this recipe is that you can change the flavor simply by changing the flavor of the Jello. To make them special for Valentine’s Day treats, I cut them into heart shapes using the mini cookie cutter from the Romance Set, the same ones I used for the Valentine’s Cupcakes with the Hearts in the center.

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After the Gum Drops set up in the refrigerator, loosen sides from pan with a spatula and turn them onto a cutting board. I found it easiest to cut them this way.

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Won’t these be perfect for teacher gifts? Or even as classroom treats? I found these little treat boxes in the dollar section at Target, there were maybe 4 or 5 in a package. Another fun classroom treat are the Valentine’s Day Cookie Pops that I shared, did you see them?

I always loved helping out in the classroom for parties? Are you sending in Valentine’s Day treats with your kiddos? Or maybe the office?

Homemade Gum Drops

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Homemade Gum Drops

Homemade Gum Drops - easy to make and better than store bought. Recipe from


  • 2 cups sugar {plus a little for rolling gum drops}
  • 1 1/3 cups applesauce, unsweetened
  • 2 small (3 oz) boxes Jello, any flavor {I used cherry for Valentine's Day}
  • 2 envelopes (4 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin {like Knox}
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Spray 13x9 pan with non-stick cooking spray
  2. In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients, let stand 1 minute
  3. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, boil for 1 minute
  4. Immediately pour into prepared 13x9 pan
  5. Place in refrigerator for 3 hours or until firm
  6. Loosen sides from pan with a spatula
  7. Turn Gum Drops onto a cutting board
  8. Dip cookie cutter in sugar and cut out gum drops {you can also use a knife dipped in hot water to cut squares}
  9. Roll Gum Drops in extra sugar, set onto wax paper until slightly dry
  10. Store in an airtight container
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  1. Tesei says:

    Thank you! These look lovely, yummy and homemade which is my favourite kind of treat! Thanks and have a lovely week end :)

  2. Jennifer says:

    Totally making these… So stinkin’ cute!!

  3. Kristen says:

    OMG these LOOK AMAZING!!!!!!! I LOVE gumdrops!!! Where do you live? can I come pick some up?
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  4. YUM! These look so good! And homemade is always better. I love that it’s not super complicated too. I will have to try this very soon :) Thanks!

  5. Wow! These are super!!! I may try to healthy them up one more step if I can…I made jello without the boxed stuff, so maybe…maybe. Wish me luck. If not, I”m headed to the store for some jello! :)

  6. Michelle says:

    Those look fabulous!!
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  7. lindsi says:

    oh yummmmmy! Those are beautiful too! Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays?
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  8. Lisa says:

    I can’t wait to make these :)
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  9. Adly's Art says:

    Loving what you have posted!

  10. Teresa R. says:

    going to have to make some. it seems so easy.

  11. Christine says:

    This may be a dumb questions but, do you follow the directions on the box of jello? you said bring it to a boil, was wondering how if no water involved. thanks

    • Liz says:

      Hi Christine, no water is necessary, the applesauce and lemon juice create the liquid part, the mixture is very thick.
      Happy Baking!

  12. Angie says:

    I would love to make these for Valentine’s but The gelatin I use comes in a container. Could you tell me how much gelatin would equal the two envelopes required? Thanks.


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