Gumdrops are a perennial Easter basket favorite. These grown-up versions use exotic flavorings like ginger extract, orange blossom, lavender and rose. All-natural food coloring gives these gumdrops a gorgeous, soft pastel color and sanding sugar makes them sparkle.

(Recipe adapted from Celebrating Candy.)

Step 1

Gather Materials

Specialty extracts are available at certain grocery stores, but can also be found online. All natural food coloring, like these made by India Tree, can also be found online. 

Step 2

Start With Gelatin

Empty six packets of gelatin to a large pot.

Step 3

Add Cold Water

To the pot, add 1 cup of cold water and allow the gelatin to soak for a few minutes. 

Step 4

Add Hot Water

Stir in 1-1/2 cups of boiling water.

Step 5

Add Sugar

Add 4 cups of sugar and mix to combine.

Step 6

Bring to a Boil

Turn on the burner to medium high and bring the mixture to a boil. As it boils, the mixture will get foamy and bubble, so stir constantly. 

Step 7

Add Flavor + Color

After boiling for 20 minutes, pour into two round or square cake pans. Add 1/2 teaspoon ginger, rose, lavender or orange blossom extract, as well as 2-4 drops of food coloring. Stir well.

Step 8

Chill Overnight

Once the color and flavor is incorporated, skim off any foam with a spoon. Cover and allow to set in the refrigerator overnight. 

Step 9

Sprinkle + Cut

Once the mixture is set, sprinkle the top with sugar. Cut into strips with a sharp knife.

Step 10

Sugar Coat

Dip the strip into sugar to coat. This will make the sticky strip easier to handle. 

Step 11

Cover All Sides

Cut the strips into squares and dip in sugar to coat the cut edges. Be sure all surfaces are covered with sugar.

Step 12

Let Cure

Allow the squares to set uncovered at room temperature for 24-48 hours. Then store in an airtight container.