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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 truncated cone and coated in granulated sugar.

Characteristics and usage[edit]

Gumdrops come in (usually artificial) fruit and spice varieties; 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]

Other meanings[edit]

The Apollo 9 Command module was nicknamed "Gumdrop" — not only did it have the appropriate stumpy cone shape, but it arrived at Cape Kennedy in a blue cellophane wrapper.[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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