Homemade Gum Drops


  •  cups granulated sugar divided
  •  cups applesauce - no sugar added
  • 6 oz Jello {i.e. cherry, lime, etc.}
  • ½ oz unflavored gelatin 2 envelopes
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Combine 2 cups sugar, applesauce, Jell-O, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Stir to combine. Let stand for 1 minute.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.
  • Boil for 1 minute and then immediately pour into prepared baking dish.
  • Refrigerate until firm - until firm, about 3-4 hours
  • Cover a large cutting board with parchment paper and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Loosen the sides of the gelatin with a spatula and invert onto parchment paper.
  • Use small, sharp cookie cutters to cut out gumdrops. If needed, you can dip the cutters into hot water first and also to keep the cutter clean.
  • Leave the cutout gumdrops on top of the sugar-coated parchment paper for about 8 hours or until just slightly sticky.
  • Roll the gumdrops in the remaining sugar and store in an airtight container.

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