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National Gumdrops Day


Gumdrops are a type of confectionery (candy). They are usually brightly-colored gelatin- or pectin-based pieces, shaped like a truncated cone and coated in granulated sugar. This makes them very sweet.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. In the winter time, this candy is an ingredient used in making gingerbread houses.

Five Fun Facts:

  1. Candy became widely available only 130 years ago. Until then, people would make their own fudge or caramel at home.
  2. Candy accounts for only 6% of the added sugar in the American diet. Soft drinks and juice account for 46%.
  3. Candy is a health scapegoat – 100 years ago, doctors blamed candy for the spread of polio. In the mid to late 20th century it was blamed for tooth decay. Now it is blamed for obesity.
  4. About 65 percent of American candy brands have been around for more than 50 years.
  5. A lollipop, which was invented by George Smith in 1908, was named after Lolly Pop, a racing horse.

Five Candy Recipes:

  1. Gluten Free Tootsie Candy - almost like the real thing.
  2. Macadamia Candy Corn- Not quite nuts, not quite popcorn but a great combination of both.
  3. Candied Apples- Red, sticky and a super fall treat, these candied apples are as much fun to make as they are to eat.
  4. Cocoa Nib Brittle - Cocoa Nibs are high in antioxidants and work wonders in this brittle.
  5. Raspberry Lemonade Marshmallows- Homemade marshmallows are nothing like the store bought, you must try them.

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Nutritional information for 10 Gum Drops:

Calories:   143 
Fat:  0 g
Carbohydrates: 22  g
Cholesterol: 0  mg
Sodium: 10  mg
Protein:  0 g
Sugars: 21 g