I am in love with these Homemade Christmas Gumdrops! Get ready to IMPRESS your family and friends! These gumdrops are so versatile, they can be whatever jello flavor you want, cut them with cookie cutters, make them with a mold to give as gummy lollipops or pour the mixture into a pan and cut them in squares. These gumdrops are so much better than store bought. Moist on the inside and crunchy from the sugar on the outside. The PERFECT party treat! Like my Cherry Gumdrops I made for Valentine’s Day.
Wrap them in cellophane bags as a gift. These Homemade Christmas Gumdrops are on the big side so I only packed one per person.
If you are planning on decorating a gingerbread house this year…you could stick a skewer in the trees and use them in your scenery. 🙂
Here’s how easy these are to make. All you do is add ALL the ingredients into a medium size saucepan, boil for ONE minute and pour into a mold or baking pan. I told you they were easy. Make FIVE different colors for a fun and colorful gift!
Save the scrapes for you and your kids to snack on and save the “pretty” ones to give as gifts.
For the Gumdrops:
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/3 cups applesauce
- 2 (3 ounce) boxes gelatin (any flavor)
- 2 envelopes unflavored Knox gelatin (I found mine at Walmart on the baking aisle)
- Spray whatever you will be pouring the gumdrop mixture into with non stick cooking spray.
- If pouring into a pan for cookie cutters or squares use a 9x13-inch baking dish.
- In a medium saucepan add the sugar, applesauce, flavored gelatin and unflavored gelatin.
- Stir to combine and let sit for 1 minute.
- Cook on medium high heat until the mixture starts to boil.
- Turn heat down to medium (still at a boil) and stirring constantly cook 1 minute.
- Pour into prepared dish.
- Place the baking dish in the refrigerator for 3 hours or until gumdrops are set and firm.
- If using a baking dish, use a hot spatula to pull the gelatin from the baking dish and place on a cutting board sprayed with non stick cooking spray.
- Pour extra sugar on a rimmed cookie sheet.
- Dip a cookie cutter into the granulated sugar and press firmly into the gelatin.
To make sure it has completely cut through wiggle the cookie cutter back and forth and make sure it has completely cut through.
- Place cut gumdrops on the sugar that is in the cookie sheet.