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Gumdrops are a type of candy. They are brightly colored 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.

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Type Confectionery
Main ingredients pectin, granulated sugar, flavoring
Variations Spice drops
Cookbook: Gumdrop  Media: Gumdrop



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

In popular cultureEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Augusten Burroughs (October 27, 2009). You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas. St. Martin's Press. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-4299-4375-8. 
  2. ^ Evans, Ben (August 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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