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For other uses, see Gumdrop (disambiguation).
Glowing gumdrops.jpg
Type Confectionery
Main ingredients Gelatin or pectin, granulated sugar, flavoring
Variations Spice drops
Cookbook: Gumdrop  Media: Gumdrop

Gumdrops are a type of candy. They are usually brightly colored gelatin- or pectin-based pieces, shaped like a narrow dome (sometimes with a flattened top), and often coated in granulated sugar. They come in (usually artificial) fruit and spice flavors; the latter are also known as spice drops.


Gumdrops, spice drops, and their variations are used in baking, candy crafting, decorating, and for eating out of hand. They are often used for decorating cakes and cupcakes. Around Christmas time, this candy is an ingredient used in making gingerbread houses.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

The Apollo 9 Command module was nicknamed "Gumdrop".[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Augusten Burroughs (27 October 2009). You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas. St. Martin's Press. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-4299-4375-8. 
  2. ^ Evans, Ben (Aug 25, 2010). Foothold in the Heavens: The Seventies. Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration Series. New York: Springer-Verlag. p. 100. ISBN 978-1-4419-6341-3. 

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