Goody-Goody Gumdrops

Goody-Goody Gumdrops

These jewel-toned squares are softer than store-bought gumdrops, and their terrific taste has a true old-fashioned quality people love. You can't eat just one!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 pound
Author Taste of Home


  • 3 Envelopes Unflavored Gelatin
  • 1 ¼ cups Water (divided)
  • 1 ½ cups Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Peppermint Extract (You can use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 4 drops Red Food Coloring
  • 4 drops Green Food Coloring
  • Additional Sugar


  • In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup water; let stand 5 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, bring sugar and remaining 3/4 cup water to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • Add gelatin mixture; simmer and stir over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in extract.
  • Divide mixture between 2 bowls; tint 1 red and the other green with food coloring.
  • Transfer each to a greased 8x4 in loaf pan; cool completely.
  • Refrigerate, covered, until firm, about 3 hours.
  • Loosen sides from pan with a knife; turn onto a sugared cutting board.
  • Cut into 1/2 in cubes; roll in additional sugar.
  • Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature until all sides are dry, 3-4 hours, turning every hour.