Homemade St. Patrick’s Day Gumdrops

Here’s a fun, quick recipe you can whip up with your kids. Not only are they a sweet treat, but displayed in a pretty candy dish they can also bring a little Irish decor into your home.


Are you surprised to see applesauce in this recipe?
At least there’s something a little healthy in this candy!


Combine all ingredients into a pot. See…told you it was easy!


After the gumdrop base has set up, sprinkle the top with a little sugar and then use a shamrock shaped cookie cutter to cut the shapes.

This recipe could easily be adapted to any holiday or party theme. Just change the color/flavor of gelatin used and the shape of your cookie cutter.

Homemade St. Patrick’s Day Gumdrops Recipe

Recipe TypeSnacks
Cuisine: St.Patrick’s Day
Author: True Couponing
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You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make your own gumdrops! Easily adapt this recipe to other holidays or party themes by just changing the flavor gelatin and the shape of your cookie cutter!
  • 1 1/2 cups Applesauce
  • 2 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 boxes (3 oz) Lime Jello
  • 2 envelopes Unflavored Gelatin {like Knox}
  1. Grease 13×9 pan.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a pot.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Boil for one minute.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and refrigerate until set.
  6. Dust cutting board with sugar.
  7. Use a spatula to loosen sides and turn out onto cutting board.
  8. Dust top of Jello with sugar.
  9. Use shamrock shaped cookie cutter to cut out gum drops.
  10. Roll edges in extra sugar and set onto wax paper for 1 hour to dry out slightly.
  11. Store in an airtight container.

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