It's Gum Drop Day! Or is it Gumdrop Day? I'm never quite sure. The only time I've given careful consideration to the gumdrop is when it comes to CandyLand...
"Candy Land is one of the most beloved and best known games of all time. Invented in 1948 by school teacher Eleanor Abbott, it has been played by generations of families. In the game, players go on a magical journey through fantastical lands made of candy, sweets, and ice cream: the Peppermint Forest, the Gum Drop Mountains, and the Lollypop Woods. Along the way, players encounter such iconic characters as Princess Frostine, Lord Licorice, Mr. Mint, and King Candy."(Hasbro’s 'Candy Land' Lands With Adam Sandler)
Apparently, there are those who take the gumdrop quite seriously and not only at the movies:) There are gumdrop crafters who create such things as gumdrop wreaths, gumdrop pumpkins and even gumdrop penguins, which by the way my grandson, Noah, would probably not eat. He loves penguins! Oh, okay, he might take a nibble:) For example, just feast your eyes on these glittery gumdrops.
And these vintage instructions for Gumdrop Roses, harvested from the Betty Crocker Cake and Frosting Mix Cookbook ©1966
Then, there are those who choose to use gumdrops as an ingredient in recipes. T. W. over @ Culinary Types baked up quite a colorful Retro Gumdrop Cake from 1946.
How about this Gumdrop Fudge?
And another "creative" gumdrop bar recipe from the McCall's Cook Book ©1963
Cutting gumdrops can be a gruesomely sticky task. I found this reader's solution for "Quick Cut Gumdrops" at the Taste of Home website.
Oatmeal cookies with gumdrops are a popular treat in our house. But I’m the first to admit that chopping the little spicy gumdrops with a knife can be a sticky and lengthy job. So I came up with a faster and neater method. I simply dip my kitchen scissors in flour and snip, snip, snip the gumdrops. The process is so much quicker and cleanup’s easier, too. —Mary Guyer, Albany, New York.
I like the idea that these vintage Gumdrop Squares from the 1980 edition of the Betty Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls contain applesauce.
Making your own gumdrops seems to be another popular modern pastime.
And finally, I have two more gumdrop "tricks" I would like to share with you before I "partake of my final showing for Gum Drop Day. They are both from the book titled More Joys of Jell-O published by Kraft in 1993. Gumdrop Ribbons and Gumdrop Flowers. Seriously, how cool are these Gumdrop Ribbons? (I've seen a few gumdrop flowers in my adventures but Gumdrop Ribbons? This is a first!
Now for my nightcap; a Gumdrop Cocktail!
FYI: According to Candy USA, not only is today Gum Drop Day, it's also Chocolate Mint Day!
revised February 14, 2013