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Sweet and Sour Gummy Pumpkins
Sweet and Sour Gummy Pumpkins
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Don’t let these cute little pumpkin treats fool you! The sweet gumdrops are covered with a sour coating like Sour Patch Kids® candy. These pumpkin gummies pack a punch of flavor and are a cute treat for a Fall school party or for a gift for a loved one or teacher. 

Prep time
0:20 to 0:25
Plan for

Let mixture sit overnight, then let finished gummies sit out one more day

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Sweet and Sour Gummy Pumpkins
Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
Prep time :
0:20 to 0:25
Plan For

Let mixture sit overnight, then let finished gummies sit out one more day

Yield :



  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon citrus zest of your choice (finely chopped)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons powdered gelatin
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cups Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Food coloring to match flavor

Sweet n Sour Coating


  • Mini pumpkin molds or cookie cutters



  1. Lightly spray cooking oil on pumpkin molds and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine juice and zest and allow to rest for 5 or so minutes to soften up the zest and release its flavorful oils.
  3. Sprinkle gelatin over the juice mixture, stir until completely combined then set aside.
  4. In a medium pot, combine water, sugar and salt and stir while bringing to a boil. Stop stirring when it begins to boil and keep it at a boil for 5 minutes.
  5. Pour sugar mixture over the gelatin mixture and stir until it is smooth and all gelatin has dissolved.
  6. Pour mixture into the mini pumpkin molds. (If you don’t have a pumpkin mold, line an 8 x 8 inch pan with tinfoil and very lightly oil. Pour mixture into prepared pan.) Let the mixture sit overnight.
  7. When ready to prepare, mix sugar and citric acid in a bowl.
  8. Remove pumpkin gumdrops from mold (or if using a pan, take pumpkin shaped fondant cutters and cut out shapes).  Coat each pumpkin gummy with sugar and citric acid mixture. Once coated, let the pumpkin gummies set for a day or so to really form a firm sour crust.
  9. Serve as a fun dessert or snack, or wrap in cellophane, tie with ribbon and use one of our free printable Thanksgiving gift tags for a gift.
  10. Can be stored at room temperature.
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