Our celebration of National Candy Month continues!
From the Field Guide to Candy by Anita Chu
Because the joy of eating gumdrops shouldn’t be reserved for when you’re decorating a gingerbread house. These gumdrop critters are fun to make and fun to eat.
- 5 tablespoons of unflavored gelatin
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or other fruit-flavored extract
- Few drops food coloring, if desired
- Granulated or sparkling sugar for rolling
- Line an 8-by-8 inch baking pan with a piece of foil long enough to hang over the edges and act as handles. Grease foil with cooking spray.
- Combine the gelatin, sugar, and ½ cup water in a saucepan.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar and gelatin dissolve.
- Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla extract.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Let set overnight until firm.
- Use mini cookie cutters or a knife heated under hot water to cut gumdrops into squares or other shapes. Roll in sugar.
Cut gumdrops with kitchen shears to create sticky surfaces for joining them together. Use a toothpick to make indentations, then insert sprinkles as eyes and noses.