Gumdrops / Spicedrops are delectable little gelatin based candies, normally coated in sugar. Spicedrops? What are they? Well let's start with gumdrops. Gumdrops would be the fruity flavoured ones such as cherry, orange, lemon, lime, grape etc. Spicedrops would be peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, cardamon, clove, anise etc. Mmm... cardamon sounds lovely to me!
Here we go.
Roll the little gems in coarse, granulated sugar so they are completely coated.
Think of all the awesome flavour combinations and think outside the box! How about orange + clove or cardamon + lemon? Or...wait for it.... chile + lime! Add the spice right to the gelatin mixture while it's cooking or to the sugar you are using to coat them. I think they would have to be called, 'Gourmetdrops'!
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 envelope Knox brand gelatin + 1/4 cup of cold water
- Food colouring of choice
- Pure flavouring extract of choice
- White sugar to coat the drops, approx 1 cup or more.
Options for colouring and flavouring
- Use one single serving packet of Crystal Lite drink mix in place of flavouring and colouring
- Use 1 tbsp of Jell-O powder in place of flavouring and colouring
- Use pure extracts and artificial colourings
- You can use natural fruit juices, or frozen concentrate but you would need to adjust your water measurements accordingly.
- When cutting into pieces, spray knife with non-stick cooking spray, wipe off excess.
- If the gelatin mixture is sticking to the pan when you try to remove your pieces, set the pan in a shallow bath of hot water for a few seconds.
- To get a more formed shape, let the gelatin set for 48 hours in the fridge instead of just 24 hours.
- Store in a cool dry place. The container does not have to be air tight.