National Gumdrop Day is just the right occasion to pay tribute to some great old-time candies.
The humble gumdrop has stood the test of time
Gumdrops – an early name for a host of gelatin- and pectin-based candies – first went into production in the early 1920s.
The two principle styles of gumdrop developed in parallel in the United States and Germany.
The first, what we in the US grew up calling “gumdrop” is the chewy, bullet-shaped jelly candy rolled in granulated sugar.
A line of old candies – that includes orange slices and spearmint leaves – still in production today, you can still find them in stores with decent candy aisles.
Spice drops, another variation on gumdrops, are flavored with cinnamon or cardamom.
The other style of gumdrop that most people are familiar with is the gummi, which is not rolled in sugar.
First introduced by Hans Riegel Sr., a candy maker from Bonn, Germany, who started the Haribo company in 1920, gummi bears have been in production since 1922.
Trolli, another German confectioner based in Bavaria, introduced the gummi worm in 1981.
The gumdrop – flexible & healthier than you think
There are yet other reasons that gumdrops are still so popular.
First, there’s a style to suit almost everybody.
If viewed in certain light, even jelly beanies can be classified as “gumdrops.”
Although, as you’d expect, gumdrops are not the most nutritious snacks on the market, they have turned to be a boon to people who suffer from Celiac’s disease, an extreme intestinal allergic to wheat glutens.
That’s right, campers, gumdrops are gluten free.
Try some today
You can almost always catch gumdrops on sale.
Try Walgreens® and Family Dollar®.
But for an extra-special treat, make a pilgrimage to Sweet Pete’s Old Time Candy & Ice Cream Shoppe in Springfield, one of Jacksonville’s most historic and funky neighborhoods.
Sweet Pete’s specializes in all-natural candy – real cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup and natural flavorings.
A second-generation chocolatier, Pete (his real name) learned candy making from his mother.
With several gluten-free and vegan candies available, Sweet Pete’s also offers custom and specialty candies made to order.
Many can be made while you wait and watch.
Ask for the gumdrops.
Sweet Pete’s Old Time Candy & Ice Cream Shoppe
- Jacksonville, Fla.
- 1922 N Pearl. St.
- Historic Springfield
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 904-376-7161
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