Gumdrops are a colorful sugar coated gelatin confectionery. They are shaped like small cones and are not just for eating but also used for decorating. If you love soft chewy candy with a little extra sweetness then today is your day with National Gumdrop Day.
This candy is very festive because of its bright colors of mint green, red, yellow, orange, purple and white. The colors represent the fruit flavors of lemon, cherry, lime, grape and orange that has been artificially enhanced.
Gumdrops are one of the frequent candies used to decorate gingerbread houses. Take the time on this National Gumdrop Day to do some craft decorations with your children, using either regular gumdrops or spice drops.
Gumdrops can be eaten as a candy treat, or used to decorate a cake or cupcake. Children as well as adults love this colorful candy.
Gumdrops also come in spice flavors known as “spice drops”. Spice drops come in these colors and the colors represent the spice they are associated with orange for cloves, yellow for allspice, red for cinnamon, green for spearmint, purple is cardamom or anise, black for licorice and white for are spearmint or wintergreen. These candies are also artificially flavored.
Spice drops are a little smaller in size than regular gumdrops. However they still have the same chewy gummy consistency as regular gumdrops it’s just that the flavor is enhanced with spices.
Since its National Gumdrop Day you can try other variety of the gumdrops aside from the fruit and spice variations. Gumdrops also have three popular “old fashion” candies: Orange Slices, Spearmint Leaves and Licorice Babies. These old fashion gumdrop candies are larger in size than the spice drops and gum drop cone shape candies.
So enjoy a little coated sugar, chewy candy called gumdrops, spice drops, orange slices, spearmint leaves or licorice babies today on National Gumdrop Day.
• 1 cup shortening
• ½ cup of white sugar
• ½ cup of packed brown sugar
• 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
• ½ tsp. baking soda
• ½ tsp. salt
• 1 ½ cup of quick cooking oats
• ¾ tsp. vanilla extract
• ½ of fresh vanilla bean
• 2 large eggs
• 48 gumdrops
1. Preheat oven to 375 degree F
2. Cream shortening with vanilla extract. Add sugars gradually in shortening, cream well. Then add eggs and beat well.
3. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together; add to cream mixture and mix well.
4. Add vanilla fresh vanilla beans and stir in oats.
5. Shape dough into ball into 1 ½ in balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
6. Make a large indentation in balls and place gumdrop in each indentation.
7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on cooling rack 7-10 minutes.