Gluten Free Gumdrop Recipe

While experimenting with gelatin in a couple of recipes (jam and other desserts), I’ve learned how to make gumdrops! I hope you enjoy this recipe. Not only is it a way for you to ensure that you are consuming gluten free gumdrops, but you can make them with natural, gluten free food coloring, too, if desired. I hope you enjoy this easy gluten free gumdrop recipe!

Gluten Free Gumdrop Recipe


Yield: Makes 2 dozen gum drops

Gluten Free Gumdrop Recipe

Make this easy gluten free gum drop recipe for you kids. Let them help and choose the colors and flavors.


  • 1/2¬†cup cold water
  • 3¬†envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 3/4¬†cup water
  • 2¬†cups granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
  • Gluten free food color, as needed (Americolor gel is vibrant; Seelect Tea organic; or McCormick liquid)
  • Pure/gluten free extract (lemon, orange, lime, watermelon, peach, almond, vanilla, etc.)


  1. Oil candy molds or miniature muffin tins; and set aside.
  2. In large bowl, add cold water and distribute gelatin evenly over the top. Set aside to rest.
  3. In a small saucepan, add 3/4 cup water and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; and simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves completely and the mixture being to thicken. Remove from heat. Add the gelatin mixture while stirring constantly. Cook until gelatin dissolves completely.
  4. Distribute mixture evenly between 4 (or desired amount of food coloring colors you'll use) small heatproof containers. Add drops of different food coloring into each bowl. Stir and add additional drops until they reach your desired colors. Add 1/2 teaspoon desired extract and stir.
  5. Pour one of the colors into a glass measuring cup (plastic may stain). Carefully pour the colored mixture into the prepared molds. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight until set.
  6. Using a butter knife, unmold the gumdrops from the molds. Roll gumdrops in granulated sugar; and transfer to parchment paper or waxed paper. Allow to stand at room temperature (not humid) for 24 hours. This helps the sugar form crystals. Store tightly covered at room temperature. Use them in cookies, cakes, as decorations, or serve plain.


You may also use a 9 x 9-inch square pan to make gumdrops. When you unmold it, slice into squares.

To make green, use blue and yellow food coloring.

To make orange, use yellow and red food coloring.

2 Replies to “Gluten Free Gumdrop Recipe”

  1. I only just found this as I am making GF and safe food coloring-containing candies for our gingerbread house this year. Thank you for this recipe – can’t wait to try it out. Do you know where you found those beautiful molds? I’ve been looking for them and can’t find something like that where there’s a variety of shapes with raised sections to them.

    Thank you!

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