This Gumdrops Recipe is super easy and versatile for any occasion. Change the flavor for the holiday, and you have a sweet, chewy treat that everyone will love. They make perfect gifts too.


These Gumdrops are soft and sweet but not too sweet. I started with the same recipe I used for the Valentine’s Day Treats, and the secret…applesauce. Who would have known? Jello is the key to the different colors- so easy!


When I made the Valentine’s Day Gumdrops, I cut them with a cookie cutter into heart shapes. But this time I decided to keep them all the same and cut them into 1 inch squares. I didn’t have enough of the same size of pan to make all of the flavors, so I found some 13 x 9 x 1/2″ cookie sheets. The size was perfect.

Gumdrops Recipe

I think they are perfect for any time of year. But I especially love all the flavors together. They would be a great Christmas gift for a teacher, neighbor or co-worker also. They would be super cute in little cellophane bags!

Christmas Gumdrops

But of course, if you want to make red and green for Christmas, they would be awesome too!

GUMDROPS RECIPEWhatever color or shape you make (there are so many options in this cute set), they always taste great! Send us a picture if you try it!


Gumdrops Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Soft, chewy and delicious. These Gumdrops can be made in any flavor.


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


  1. Line 13x9 pan with parchment paper
  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 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. Cut out gum drops using a knife dipped in hot water to cut squares or a cookie cutter
  9. Roll Gum Drops in extra sugar, set onto wax paper until slightly dry
  10. Store in an airtight container

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