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Today's Musings, History & Folklore
"Goody, goody gumdrops
My heart is doing flip flops
Gee what love can do!"
~ 1910 Fruitgum Company, "Goody Goody Gumdrops", 1967
Goody Goody Gumdrops! It's Gumdrops Day! In 1915 a candy manufacturer named Percy Truesdell started producing a chewy candy gumdrop with an enhanced texture, using a formula he developed while conducting experiments at Ohio State University. With just the right amount of chewiness we now recognize as the modern soft gumdrop, Truesdell's version became wildly popular leading to his unofficial crowing as "the gumdrop king." If you ever played the classic board game, Candy Land, you may remember Gumdrop Mountain! And although today's gumdrops tend to be fruit-flavoured, originally, gumdrops were flavored with spices: orange (clove), yellow (allspice), red (cinnamon), green (spearmint), purple (anise), white (wintergreen or peppermint), and black (licorice)! 🍭
"Goody, goody, gumdrops!"
Gumdrops are fruit or spice flavored sugar coated gelatin candies, usually conical in shape, that became popular in the early 20th century after candy manufacturer Percy Truesdell, "the gumdrop king" created a new formula for a softer gumdrop.
But even prior to that time, "gumdrop" was already a slang term for sweetness or a sweetheart.
The candy continued to be an American standard for decades, even recognized in the classic 1945 board game "Candy Land" as Gumdrop Mountains.
The NASA Apollo Command modules were even nicknamed “Gumdrops” because of their conical shape.
Originally, gumdrops were flavored and color coded with the following spices: orange (clove), yellow (allspice), red (cinnamon), green (spearmint), purple (anise), white (wintergreen or peppermint), and black (licorice).
See below for The Johnsonville SCD Club performing Sugar Candie in 2014.
And for a gumdrop cocktail recipe, click the cocktails.