Another Valentine's Day has passed during which time 62% of adults say they participate in the celebration. It has been reported that 58 million pounds of chocolate are purchased during Valentine's week. That is just in the United States! Continuing into the third week of February begins with yet another candy celebration but this time it is not chocolate, unless you just might want to cover it with chocolate. Anything is possible!
February 15 is...
Gumdrops are a chewy, brightly-colored, fruit-flavored confection, shaped like a truncated cone and coated in granulated sugar. When they are flavored with spices (allspice, cinnamon, clove, licorice, peppermint and wintergreen, for example) they’re called spice drops. [Source: The Nibble]
The origin of National Gumdrop Day has been lost to history but somewhere somehow someone discovered it is a day to be celebrated! Yoo-Hoo! This is kid candy when as adults we can relish in the joy of being a kid again. Even better the candy is of American origin, as well as the phrase "goody, goody gumdrops" being an American coinage! Want to know more? Click the cartoon!
Gumdrops are FUN! Not only to eat but also crafty! Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself by clicking the image below!
Interested in making your own gumdrops? Check it out!
Homemade Gumdrops (Recipe)
Your friends and family will remember these chewy, fruity candies long after they've licked the last bit of sugar off their fingers! They're a great gift any time of year. —Christin Holt, Kingsburg, California
Baking, decorating, serving with gumdrops offers endless possibilities.
Use your favorite vanilla or chocolate basic cupcake recipe with vanilla cream frosting. Just add the gumdrops!
Gumdrop Cupcake-tini (Recipe)
Gumdrop Crinkle Cakes (Recipe)
Gumdrop Cookies (Recipe)
Gumdrop Cupcakes (Recipe)
Chocolate Covered Gumdrops and Snow-Capped Gumdrop Mountains
(For the snow-caps, consider using white chocolate.)
This is GREAT! There is even some good ol' rock 'n' roll goody, goody gumdrop music! Play on!
Are you ready for some goody, goody gumdrops?