Pick Your Flavor Jello Gumdrops

These sweet little gumdrops made with applesauce and Jello are a great project to do with children. The candy set up beautifully and the kids had a lot of fun picking which mini cookie cutters to use. You can use any flavor you’d like, as long as it is the correct type of Jello. Pay close attention to the ounces on the box. You want a 6oz. box, or two 3 oz. boxes.

We had a few random boxes in the pantry, so we used a combination of watermelon and pineapple. This makes a large amount of gumdrops. We kept ours stored in a tupperware on the counter. It kept well for about a week at room temperature in that tupperware. Don’t throw out your scraps, simply cut those up too for some silly shapes.

I’ve been meaning to pick up tiny little cookie cutters for a while now, and big surprise, I still haven’t gotten around to it. I had to use mini cookie cutters that were Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas themed, but the kids didn’t mind at all.  After trying this recipe and seeing how easy it is to make gumdrops, I will be sure to invest in new mini cookie cutters to use. I’m hoping to find a way to make sour gummies, since those are our favorites.

Many thanks to Mom On Timeout for this recipe. Enjoy!

Pick Your Flavor Jello Gumdrops
Makes several cups worth of gumdrops


  • 2 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce (I used natural, no sugar added)
  • 6 oz package of Jell-O
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (.25 oz each)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (I used bottled)


  1. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Place in refrigerator.
  2. Combine 2 cups sugar, applesauce, Jell-O, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Let stand for 1 minute. Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute and then immediately pour into cold baking dish. Refrigerate until firm {about three hours should do it.}
  3. Loosen the sides of the gelatin with a spatula and invert onto cutting board or waxed paper that has been sprinkled with sugar. The sugar keeps it from sticking.
  4. Use small, sharp cookie cutters to cut out gumdrops.
  5. Sprinkle sugar over a piece of waxed paper and place gumdrops on top of sugar. Let dry for about 8 hours or until slightly sticky.
  6. Roll in remaining sugar and store in an airtight container.

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  1. I just read on another site that she used citric acid powder(i.e., Ball brand for preserving) to roll her gumdrops in, instead of using sugar. I would combine a bit of sugar and the citric acid powder to make a sweet-and-sour gummy.