It’s day 7 of our 12 days of holiday DIYs, and we’re serving up a holiday classic with homemade gumdrops! These delectable candies take a bit of work, but the result will blow you away and leave the recipients in awe!homemade gumdrops diy tutorial

This recipe does involve heat, so make sure to have a parent supervise anytime you use the stove! This homemade gumdrop recipe is adapted from!


  • 2 tablespoons plain gelatin powder (3 envelopes)
  • 1/2 cup chilled water
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar (with a little extra for coating gumdrops)
  • Food coloring
  • Flavored extract (such as orange, lemon, cinnamon, peppermint and vanilla)

Other supplies:

  • One large bowl for each color/flavor you want to make
  • Saucepan
  • Small baking pans for each color/flavor, or small molds

Begin by pouring the 1/2 cup of cold water into a large bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin in, distributing evenly. Allow the gelatin to soak.

Pour the 3/4 cups of water into a saucepan and add the 2 cups of sugar before bringing to a boil. Let that simmer for 5 minutes.

Carefully add the hot syrup mixture from the saucepan into the gelatin bowl, then stir until the mixture totally dissolves.

Divide the mixture into your large bowls, then color and flavor however you’d like. Add about 4 drops of food coloring to each bowl, and 1/4 to 1/2 tablespoon of the extract depending on the strength.

Pour the mixture into your molds or baking pans and let them chill overnight.

Once they’ve settled, remove gumdrops from the molds, or cut squares from the pan. They’ll be sticky, so you’ll have to work at it. Don’t worry if they get damaged, because the last step is to coat them with sugar. That will cover up any blemishes and result in perfect gumdrops!

The resultant gumdrops are delicious and beautiful, if not a bit fragile. Handle them with care and serve and you’re sure to impress friends and family!

What did you think of this tutorial? Let us know in the comments below, and share photos of your results with us at Sweety High! For even more great holiday tutorials, check out the related articles below!