Gumdrop Nougat

Gumdrop Nougat is an old-fashioned fruit filled taffy, made on the stove and whipped with egg white for a light and chewy texture.
Gumdrop Nougat

Gumdrop Nougat

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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Gumdrop Nougat is my recipe of the day for the blogging event Christmas Sweets Week. This is an annual event that I have participated in for a few years now. It gives me and a number of bloggers the chance to share a few more of our holiday recipes besides the Christmas Cookies event we did a few weeks back.

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Gumdrop Nougat

I chose this as my recipe because I have been wanting to try it for awhile. The basic recipe comes from the Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook with a few changes. My Mom had the book from years ago but not the stand mixer. I had a mixer but not the book until she passed it on to me with the rest of her collection. My husband’s family also had the book. It seems to be common.

Making this does require a working candy thermometer and a Kitchen Aid mixer or equivalent. The nougat is pretty easy to make, although the process does go quick. Tip: It is useful to have one helper on the mixer with the egg whites while you work the syrup on the stove.

It starts to set up fast so be sure to get it into the pan quickly as you finish.

The next day, it may take some prying to get it from the pan. Then cut with a hot wet chef’s knife into strips, then chunks on a cutting board. Rince off the knife after each cut. Annoying yes, but not that hard.

I’d bought some candy wrappers from Jo-Ann to do these. I actually think I’d just prefer cutting up squares of wax paper from the roll. Some of my candy liked to stick a little to the ready cut candy wrapper. Wax paper works best.

Once wrapped, keep them in a ziploc bag and use within a week. All chewy candy likes to be used fresh for best flavor and texture.

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Gumdrop Nougat

Gumdrop Nougat

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Gumdrop Nougat

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Gumdrop Nougat

Gumdrop Nougat

Sue Lau
Recipe adapted from the Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rest time, cut and wrap time 7 hours
Course Candy, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36
Calories 118 kcal


  • Candy thermometer
  • 2 quart saucepan
  • electric mixer fitted with whip attachment
  • silicone spatula
  • 9x9 inch glass baking pan
  • Wax paper


  • 13 ounces Dots gumdrops candies (2 boxes, not sugar coated gumdrops)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch pan prep
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter pan prep
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature


  • Chop each gumdrop into fourths and set aside.
  • Butter the baking pan and sprinkle with cornstarch, lightly shaking out excess.
  • Place candy thermometer on side of the saucepan.
  • Add the sugar, corn syrup, salt and water to the pan and whisk to dissolve the sugar.
  • Heat mixture over high heat, bringing to a boil and stirring constantly, until the candy thermometer reaches 250F (hard ball stage).
  • Meanwhile, whip the egg whites in the electric mixer fitted with a wire whip until they become stiff peaks.
  • When the syrup gets to 250F, add about a one cup ladle full of the syrup to the egg whites with the mixer running. The mixture should become glossy. Add the vanilla.
  • Keep cooking the remaining syrup until it gets to 300F (hard crack stage).
  • Once at 300F, add the rest of the syrup to the mixer with it still running, and once that mixes in, add the butter, continuing to mix until smooth.
  • If the mixer does not mix very well, beat the mix by hand with a wooden spoon.
  • Stir the chopped gumdrops into the candy mixture and as soon as it is in, pour the nougat into the corn-starched pan, spreading evenly.
  • Brush the top of the candy with cornstarch, shaking off excess, using something like a silicone basting brush.
  • Cover the pan with plastic wrap (Glad Press & Seal). Let cool and rest overnight.
  • Next day, pry out the large piece of nougat and cut into squares, rinsing the knife with hot water frequently.
  • Place squares in waxed paper squares and twist edges. Keep in an airtight container for up to a week.


From the kitchen of


Calories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 0.2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 32mgPotassium: 4mgFiber: 0.02gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 59IUCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Christmas Candy
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