Friday, November 2

GOODIE GOODIE GUMDROPS!

GUMDROPS

The soft texture and tasty zing of gumdrops can give your taste buds a workout with their sweet and slightly tart combination. You may not realize how simple it is to recreate this candy store classic in your own kitchen. Unlike some candy recipes, gumdrops don't require a specific temperature level and should only take about 20 minutes to complete. You should try them, they are out of this world.

Pretty little homemade gumdrops.
I found this recipe for gumdrops last year during the holidays. Coming across it quite by accident on bakerell.com. I have gumdrops on the Christmas tree in my kitchen....I was looking for a few new ornaments when this EASY recipe came across my computer screen. If you haven't stumbled upon their website...GO NOW! They have some really awesome recipes.



You’ll need some unflavored gelatin…  Add the gelatin to cold water to soften.


Add your sugar and bring the mixture to a boil.   
Pour the mixture into pans…


…and add a little bit of flavored extract.
Of course you’ll want to make them in a few colors.


You’ll only need to add a drop or two of food coloring. Using a small spoon mix the flavoring and color through each pan. You’ll need to let your pans chill overnight in the fridge so the gumdrops will set up and allow you to cut them into cubes.


Dropping them into a bowl of sugar, roll and roll and roll them until they are all covered lightly. YUM! Sneak a bite and leave the rest on parchment paper. Leave them to dry and crystallize for a few days.  You may need to beat your family off of them! 

GOODIE GOODIE GUMDROPS
MAKES about 8 DOZEN
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INGREDIENTS
  • 4 Tbsp unflavored gelatin ,that’s about 6 envelopes
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp flavored extract like lemon, orange, cinnamon or peppermint, you can use 4 different flavors
  • 1-2 drops food coloring, use as many different colors as you like
  • Extra sugar for coating
WHAT TO DO
  • Stir in 1 cup water until gelatin dissolves.
  • Stir in sugar.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 25 minutes. Stir constantly.
  • Pour mixture into 4 – 3X5 pans covered in non-stick foil. {That's like a small loaf pan.}
  • Add 1/4 tsp extract and 1-2 drops food color to each pan.
  • Stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Cover pan and chill overnight in the fridge.
  • Cut gelatin mixture into 3/4 - 1 inch cubes using a knife dipped in hot water.
  • The gelatin may pull, but continue cutting.
  • Separate cubes and roll in sugar until coated on all sides.
  • Place gumdrops on wax or parchment paper and leave at room temperature for two days to crystallize.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • You can also make 2 – 8x8 pans or 1 – 9x12 pan depending on the number of colors you want to make.
Make them for the holidays.......
you'll be glad ya did!
ENJOY!
The Domestic Curator
Ronda

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