Gumdrop Fudge

Creamy Vanilla Fudge filled with colorful holiday Gumdrop candy pieces! So pretty for gift giving!

Gumdrop Fudge recipe- soft vanilla fudge filled with colorful chewy, fruity Gumdrops

I seem to purchase the same holiday candy year after year. Of course, I usually purchase the candy I love, which means I’m always so tempted to eat it.

Sometimes, the candy I buy is one that only I enjoy, and nobody else seems to like it. Take gumdrops for instance.

I love gumdrops. I’ve tried to convince my kids they are just sugar coated jelly beans, but they refuse to touch the colorful candy. Which means every day, I grab a few here and there until they are devoured.

Once again for the holidays, I’ve been lured into buying several bags of gumdrops, only this year I thought I would do something different. I saw this recipe on Taste of Home several years ago and have tucked it into my brain for future use.

Using this recipe as inspiration, I added gumdrops to my favorite fudge recipe. I was a little concerned that chewy, fruity candy doesn’t belong in fudge. Fudge should be filled with chocolate, and nuts, and dried fruit.

But guess what? I was wrong. Fudge is the PERFECT pair for your favorite fruity candy. Skittles, Mike and Ikes, throw them in! Or make some colorful fudge using gumdrops.

Gumdrop Fudge- soft vanilla fudge filled with colorful chewy, fruity Gumdrops

This would be a great gift to give to neighbors and friends. Fill a mason jar, add a lid, wrap some ribbon around it and give it away! Depending on the size of jar you use, you can make several jars of gifts. Add some whole gumdrops as filler and more color too! ENJOY!

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Gumdrop Fudge

Yield: 64 pieces of candy

Prep Time:2 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

Creamy Vanilla Fudge filled with colorful holiday Gumdrop candy pieces! So pretty for gift giving!


  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 bag (11oz) white chocolate morsels
  • 1 jar (7oz) marshmallow cream
  • 1 1/2 cup gumdrops, chopped


  1. Prepare an 8inch square baking dish by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Add white chocolate morsels and marshmallow cream to a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large, heavy saucepan, add butter, cream, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring frequently. Once boiling, continue to boil for a full 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour over white chocolate and marshmallow cream. Using an electric mixer, blend for about one minute, until morsels are melted and mixture is smooth.
  4. Add gumdrops and fold them in with a spoon, gently. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and refrigerate for two hours (or overnight), covered with a piece of plastic wrap.
  5. Once set, cut into bite sized pieces and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  6. ENJOY.

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38 comments on “Gumdrop Fudge”

  1. Every year when I was a kid we use to have a gum drop tree for Christmas. I can’t believe I forgot about that. Thanks Aimee for bringing back sweet memories to me! This is a great kind of fudge!

  2. I love how colorful this is. I have never been succusfull with making fudge 🙁 Hopefully this year will be different.

    • Marilyn

      I have a recipe for chocolate squares with marshmallows that would easily convert to this. My recipe is 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 8 squares of dark chocolate and 3 cups or marshmallows. Melt the chocolate and combine the milk and then marshmallows. Sprinkle graham crumbs in the container you plan to use (mine is an old bacon keeper from tupperware, 10ish by 7ish) and sprinkle graham crumbs on the top… Anyways… this recipe could easily be done by using white chocolate and cut up gumdrops with the sweetened condensed milk. Just keep them chilled.

  3. Beautiful! They remind me of stained glass!

  4. I don’t like gum drops, but I absolutely love how colorful and pretty they are in the fudge!

  5. This makes me want to make homemade nougat with the jellies in it by brachs.

  6. I have had gumdrop fudge and yes, they belong together for sure!!! My kids don’t like gumdrops either, but I happen to love them. Good and bad for me for sure!

  7. Oh MY GOODNESS this is the cutest fudge ever! Soooo pretty!

  8. This is so fun with all the different colors 🙂 thanks for sharing.

  9. Gumdrops are one of those things I think I don’t like…until I’ve eaten 50. I need to get a bag!

  10. There is something about gumdrops that make me nostalgic for childhood! These are gorgeous and very clever!!!

  11. You’re basically a fudge goddess. And I mean that in the best way possible 🙂 I LOVE this idea, Aimee! Gum drops are one of my favorite holiday candies. My grandma used to buy bagfuls of them and only use them as table displays for some reason — who displays candy not meant for eating?! Anyways, I always snuck handfuls of gumdrops. Obviously she found out who did it when her display disappeared, but thankfully she didn’t act like she knew and kept replenishing the bowl 😉

  12. Oh my gosh! The colors are so cute! I never would have thought to use gumdrops in a fudge.

  13. Oh my gosh, this reminds me of a candy that I ate growing up as a child, I can’t remember what they were called, but they were my favorite. I TOTALLY forgot about them until now. I need to make these! Love the idea of combining gumdrops and chocolate. Sugar + Sugar = yes.

  14. This is the cutest fudge ever! It reminds me of sugarplum fairies and winter wonderlands heehhee. 😉

  15. Lyndy

    I’ve almost given up on fudge. I just made this and it’s in the fridge. The recipe is so easy to follow even a fudge wrecker like myself can make it!
    Can’t wait to try it (well besides licking the beaters)! 😉

  16. I have never seen anything like this! Cute and colorful and I’m sure they are beyond DELICIOUS! What a fantastic idea….must try! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  18. Kirsty

    Are chocolate morsels same as chocolate buttons or drops ?

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  22. I made the fudge, tastes good. I put the parchment paper in the pan like it said, but the fudge just doesn’t want to come out in whole little squares when you cut it? Is it not set up right? It does seem a tad soft to me?

  23. Lori-Ann

    I made this and All my gumdrops sank to the bottom. Is there a way to prevent this from happening in the future?

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  27. Annette

    Just made this with my grandson today! Looks yummy! It was easy. I used red and green gumdrops in it.

  28. Monica

    I am excited to try this – and am planning to make it for gifts.  I am afraid it won’t cut well…  any tips for cutting it to make sure it looks pretty like in your pictures?  

  29. Lynn

    The gumdrop fudge, what can we substitude with instead of white choc? Because my daughter is allergic to white choc

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