In my quest to find a good recipe, because let's face it, some recipes, I just need some help with. I found numerous recipes, with all the same ingredients. I am convinced one took it from another who doubled it from another who tripled it from the first and so on. I didn't care that all the recipes were basically the same, this was my maiden sailing and I just wanted to see what the outcome of this recipe was before I tried to "play" with it. They turned out fantastic but there are a few little tips that make it MUCH easier if you take the time to do them.
I used an 8x8 square pan. You could use a 9x9 or a 7x11 or, well, don't get bigger than that. Either spray the CRAP outta that baby with nonstick cooking spray or line every last inch of it with parchment. Or BOTH! Before I poured the hot mixture in my prepared dish, I added about 1/2 cup of granulated sugar to the bottom so it would perhaps come out easier.
If you do those things and follow my other directions you will find how easy, and delicious these little treats are. I also cut mine into heart shapes for Valentine's Day. I got 21 hearts. If you just cut them into cubes, you will obviously get many more. Just an FYI.
You will need
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
3/4 cup applesauce, use sweetened or unsweetened (I used sweetened)
1 3.4 oz. pkg strawberry jello (use cherry or anything red or pink for V-Day)
1 .25 oz. pkg unflavored gelatin
1 cup granulated sugar for dusting at the end
Prepare pan as described above and set aside. It must be prepared first.
In a saucepan combine 1 cup granulated sugar, lemon juice, applesauce, jello and gelatin. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly and one it boils, let it boil for 1 minute.
WARNING this is a hot sugar mixture be VERY CAREFUL!!! Pour carefully into your prepared pan and refrigerate at least 4 hours, I left mine overnight which I think is best.
When it is chilled, run a knife around the edges and turn out unto a cookie sheet that is covered in granulated sugar. Use a knife or cookie cutter to cut your gumdrops into your desired shapes, dust in the sugar and lay in a flat layer to let dry.
Let them sit overnight!!
ENJOY some sweets, for your sweet!