- 1-3/4 ounces powdered fruit pectin
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 3-4 drops flavoring oil or 2 teaspoons extract (orange, lemon, cherry, peppermint, or anise)
- food coloring (as needed for chosen flavor)
- sugar for coating
Make Your Mixture. In a medium saucepan, mix fruit pectin, water, and baking soda. This mixture will foam up like a science experiment, so be prepared for some bubbly fun! In another large saucepan, combine sugar and corn syrup. Place both pans over high heat on the stove. Stir both simultaneously, and watch as the foam in the pectin mixture disappears and the sugar mixture begins to boil rapidly, which should take about 4-6 minutes.
Combine and Cook. Pour the pectin mixture into the boiling sugar mixture in a thin stream. This is the moment to show off your pouring skills—steady and slow wins the race, taking a full minute to combine them. Continue stirring as you pour. Then, cook and stir the mixture for 1 more minute. It’s like a mini workout for your arms!
Flavor and Color. Remove the pan from the heat and get creative. Stir in your choice of flavoring and food coloring, turning your mixture into a vibrant, tasty delight.
Set and Cut. Pour the mixture into a buttered 5-inch x 9-inch loaf pan and let it stand at room temperature for 4 hours. Remember, no peeking in the fridge! Patience is key as you wait for the candy to cool and firm up. Once ready, cut the gumdrops into cubes using a knife dipped in warm water—it’s like magic how easily they slice! Then, roll them in sugar for that classic gumdrop sparkle.
Serving Suggestions. Serve these homemade gumdrops as a delightful treat at parties or as a sweet snack for kids. Each batch makes about 1 pound, enough to share or savor over time. Store them in an open container in a dry place, and watch them disappear faster than you made them! For a fun twist, try mixing flavors or creating a rainbow of colors to brighten any day. Enjoy your candy-making adventure and the delicious results!