Friday, October 7, 2011

Homemade Pumpkin Gumdrops

I had a little bit of pumpkin puree left over from making pumpkin muffins for the children one morning (click here for a fabulous pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe, by the way).

It wasn't really enough puree to make another batch of muffins, so I decided to experiment, and see if the Taste of Home gumdrop recipe we've enjoyed in the past, could be modified to make pumpkin gumdrops (don't ask me why - it's just the sort of thing I do when cabin fever is setting in).

Below is what I came up with.

Pumpkin Gumdrops
1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cups pumpkin puree
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

In a large saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar, the cinnamon, pumpkin puree, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice; let stand for 1 minute. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Immediately pour into a cold 5x8 inch pan coated with cooking spray (we used a Glad plastic container). Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.

With a spatula, loosen the gelatin from the sides of the pan. To remove, invert onto waxed paper. Using kitchen scissors or small sharp cookie cutters dipped on hot water, cut into 1-in. squares or shapes.

Place on waxed paper. Dry at room temperature for about 8 hours or until slightly sticky. Roll in remaining sugar. For best results let them dry for another 8 hours after rolling in sugar. Store in an airtight container.

If my family is an indicator, it's kind of a love it or hate it sort of recipe. If you like spicy gumdrops, and don't mind pumpkin flavored things with a different texture than pumpkin pie, you'll probably like them. For the record, I think they are pretty good, and T has already requested a second batch. But, let them have the extra drying time, it makes all the difference.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

This sounds yummy - too bad my family doesn't care much for pumpkin taste.

Ticia said...

can you send some here? I can't make candy worth anything.

Phyllis said...

This probably the most unique recipe I ever heard of. Unique is good.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Ticia - We ate it all already :) But, this stuff isn't hard - if you can make Jell-O you can make gumdrops.

Amanda said...

Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts! You can see it here

Lindsey @makeandtakes said...

I popped over from Fun Family Crafts. Would you consider submitting this to the Make and Takes spotlight page? (