Homemade Gum Drops

Karen Day

"These gum drops are a great candy for holidays. You can use shaped cookie cutters for holidays and give as gifts. The best part is, they are easy. You don't need candy thermometers or fear over or under cooking."
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11 - 12 h servings
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  1. In a large saucepan, combine 2 cups sugar, applesauce, red or green gelatin, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice; let stand for 1 minute.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute.
  3. Immediately pour into a cold 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.
  4. With a spatula, loosen gelatin from sides of pan. To remove, invert onto waxed paper. Using kitchen scissors or small sharp cookie cutters dipped on hot water, cut into 1-in. squares or shapes.
  5. Place on waxed paper. Let stand at room temperature for at least 8 hours or until slightly sticky. Roll in remaining sugar. Store in an airtight container. Yield: About 1-3/4 pounds.


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