Old-Fashioned Gumdrops

I'm not done with sweets just yet! Please bear with me while I work through my sugar addiction. Speaking of which, I am currently visiting my dad in North Carolina, who is perhaps the world's biggest sugar addict. One thing that always always always makes me think of my dad is old-fashioned pepperminty gumdrops. He loves them. I can always count on there being at least one big bag in his pantry. Or in his car. Or both.

So in between visiting and relaxing and catching up on sleep, I wanted to try making some homemade gumdrops for him! I heard MMmmmm-ing coming from the kitchen, so I believe my mission was a success. They taste very much like the real deal. I borrowed this recipe from Taste of Home magazine. It is easy, and only requires a few ingredients.

Happy 2012, by the way! Here's to many wonderful things in this new year for all of you!

In a small bowl, sprinkle 3 packets of unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup of water. Let it stand for 5 minutes.

In a small saucepan, combine:

3/4 cup water

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add the gelatin mixture to the saucepan and reduce heat. Simmer and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract.

Divide the mixture between 2 small bowls. Add 6 drops of green food coloring to one bowl and 6 drops of red food coloring to the other. Pour into 2 greased 8x3.75-inch loaf pans. Chill for 3 hours, or until firm.

Loosen edges from the pan with a sharp knife and turn onto a sugared cutting board. Cut into 1-inch cubes and roll in sugar. Let stand at room temperature, uncovered, for 3 to 4 hours, turning every hour so all sides can dry. Cover and chill.

Feed to sugar-loving father. :)

Old-Fashioned Gumdrops

I love these! They taste exactly like the old-fashioned spiced gumdrops I ate so much as a kid.

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Jan 1, 2012

Serves: 15

Total time: 7 hrs, 15 min

Old-Fashioned

Ingredients:

  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Green and red food coloring
Instructions:
  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over ½ cup of the water and let stand for 5 minutes. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and remaining water to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Add the gelatin and reduce heat. Simmer and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in peppermint extract.
  3. Divide mixture into two small bowls. Add 6 drops of green food coloring to one bowl and 6 drops of red food coloring to the other. Pour into two greased 8x3.75-inch loaf pans. Chill for 3 hours or until firm.
  4. Loosen edges from the pan with a sharp knife and turn onto a sugared cutting board. Cut into ½-inch cubes and roll in sugar. Let stand at room temperature, uncovered, for 3 to 4 hours, turning every hour so all sides dry. Cover and chill.