National Gumdrop Day

National Gumdrop Day is celebrated on February 15th of each year.

Gumdrops are a type of confectionery (candy). They are usually brightly colored gelatin- or pectin-based pieces, shaped like a truncated cone and coated in granulated sugar. This makes them very sweet. Outside the US they are know as American hard gums.

Gumdrops come in (usually artificial) fruit and spice varieties; the latter are also known as spice drops. Gumdrops, spice drops, and their variations are used in baking, candy crafting, decorating, and for eating out of hand. They are often used for decorating cakes and cupcakes. Around Christmas time, this candy is an ingredient used in making gingerbread houses.

In the United States, three other “old fashioned” gumdrop candies are also popular: Orange Slices, Licorice Babies, and Spearmint Leaves. All are larger in size than spice drops or gumdrops, are fruit slice, kewpie-doll, or leaf shaped, sprinkled with sugar, and are typically sold by the bag.

The Apollo 9 Command module was nicknamed “Gumdrop” — not only did it have the appropriate stumpy cone shape, but it arrived at Cape Kennedy in a blue cellophane wrapper.