February 15th is National Gumdrop Day.
Gumdrops are a bright-colored, chewy candy. They may be plain or coated in sugar crystals. Shaped into cones with rounded or flattened top, these treats are a favorite decoration for gingerbread houses.
They come in an assortment of fruity flavors such as cherry, grape, lemon, lime, and orange. A variation is the Spice Drop which comes in flavors like anise, cinnamon, cloves, and mint.
No one knows the origin of this candy. “Drop” candy has been around a long time. It is made by dropping balls of the candy mixture onto a surface to set. The can be any shape. At some point someone added gelatin or pectin giving it the gummy texture. Before or after that, they gave it a standard, now iconic, shape. Some claim that person was Percy Trusdale in 1801; however, there is no evidence to support that.
- The NASA Command Apollo 9 Command module was nicknamed “Gumdrop” because of its shape.
- The board game Candy Land features a Gumdrop Pass and a Gumdrop Mountain.
- The phrase “Goody, goody gumdrop” was originally an exclamation of excitement, though today it tends to be used in a sarcastic manner.
- There is a Gumdrop Cake and a Gumdrop Martini – both make with gumdrops.
What’s your favorite flavor? Do you like them plain or with the added sugar coating?
Celebrate with goodies from Zazzle
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