A while back, I saw some great photos on Tumblr of homemade gumdrops. Cube-shaped and brightly-colored, they inspired me to try my own, but strapped for time, energy and patience, I decided to make one single flavor instead of a number of different ones. I settled on maple, and set to work adapting a recipe from Bakerella.
While I was pleased with the result, I would do a few things differently in the future. For starters, it seems to me that for maple gumdrops one really should use maple sugar in place of regular granulated sugar and maple flavoring. There is also the fact that I boiled the gelatin over (oops) and I’m not sure I boiled it for long enough (there was a timer mishap, and I guessed. Never guess.) Still, though they didn’t come out perfectly, they are tasty, gummy little sweet treats and I plan to make them again (perhaps peppermint ones!) soon.
- 4 tbsp gelatin (6 envelopes)
- 1 c cold water
- 1 1/2 c boiling water
- 4 c sugar
- 1 tsp maple flavored extract
- extra sugar for coating
In a large pot, soften gelatin in cold water for five minutes. Stir in boiling water until gelatin dissolves, then stir in sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 25 minutes, stirring constantly. Add extract and stir until thoroughly combined, then pour mixture into a foil-lined baking dish. Cover and chill overnight in the fridge. Cut gelatin mixture into 3/4 inch cubes using a knife dipped in hot water. The gelatin may pull, but continue cutting. Separate cubes and roll in sugar until coated on all sides. Place gumdrops on wax paper and leave at room temperature for two days to crystallize.