Easy Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

This Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy is an easy no-bake treat that’s perfect for the holiday season.  Great as a homemade gift!

These Gumdrop Nougat Candies taste like nostalgia and Christmas’ past.  And I love them.  They’re sweet, soft, chewy and so delicious.  And very easy to make.  Create a batch and share them with friends, give them as gifts, and make sure to have them on your holiday treat plate!

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

Who knew that marshmallows + white chocolate chips = a chewy and delicious nougat?!  And with festive red and green gumdrops, this is a perfect Christmas treat.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

I love that this treat is no bake, and that it can come together in just minutes.  All you need to do is melt together a little butter, mini marshmallows and white chocolate chips, then stir in chopped gumdrops.  Then spread it out into a parchment paper lined pan.  It’s pretty sticky, so a little trick I use is to lightly grease a small square of parchment paper then use that to spread and pat the mixture down.  Put it in the fridge for a few hours (overnight is best) to set…it needs to be completely cooled to cut it.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

When it comes time to cut them up into squares, make sure you use a large sharp knife because they’re sticky!

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

As you cut into the nougat you’ll see how pretty these candies are!  The red and green gumdrops look like stained glass in the nougat.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

Aren’t they so pretty?

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

No one is going to be able to resist these candies when you put them out…trust me.  I had to put away over half of our batch or we were going to eat them all in one sitting!  But don’t worry, I have a recipe tip for you.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy Recipe Tip

This batch will make about 60 bite sized nougat candies, so if you’re not serving them right away, you might consider freezing this treat!  Layer the cut pieces of nougat between pieces of parchment paper and place in an air tight container, and put them into the freezer.  When you’re ready to serve, let them sit for about 1 hour or more after freezing, to bring them to room temperature.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

A delicious holiday treat you need to make!

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Easy Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: Minimum 3 hours, including refrigeration time
  • Yield: 60 candies

Description

This Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy is an easy no-bake treat that’s perfect for the holiday season.  Great as a homemade gift!


Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 bags white chocolate chips (2 of the 225 gram bags)
  • 2 bags of mini marshmallows (2 of the 250 gram bags)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red and green gumdrops (see notes below for where to buy them)

Instructions

  1. Prepare an 8×8 square baking dish by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the gumdrops in half.  Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter, white chocolate chips and marshmallows together over indirect heat.  To do this I create a double boiler by putting a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water (making sure that the bowl and pan fit together snug).  This ensures that the mixture doesn’t burn.
  4. Continuously stir the mixture until it is smooth and melted together, making sure not to cook the mixture…the goal is to just melt, not cook.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Let cool for about 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in the gumdrops.  Mix well.
  8. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
  9. The mixture will be very sticky, so I use a lightly greased piece of parchment paper to help spread and pat the mixture down into the pan.
  10. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting, overnight is best.
  11. Cut into 60 bite sized pieces.
  12. To store the candies, use parchment paper between layers so the candies don’t stick together.
  13. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe tip:  You can freeze these treats!  Use parchment paper between layers and freeze in an airtight container.

Where to buy gumdrops for nougat candy:

I’ve had a lot of questions about where to buy the gumdrops for this candy, so I thought I’d share what I know here:

  • The candy I used are called Baking Gums.  They’re small and don’t have any sugar on the outside of them.
  • The ones I used were these Baking Gums from Bulk Barn.  They’re in the baking aisle, and they come in a mix of yellow, orange, red and green.  I just sorted out the red and green ones once I got home.
  • I have also seen them at Save On Foods under the brand Nutty Club.

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Happy Holidays!

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32 Comments

  • Reply Robyn Geye November 13, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    It looks like your gum drops are without sugar . Where can i find them?

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney November 13, 2018 at 7:05 PM

      Hi Robyn! Yes they are…I bought mine at Bulk Barn.

    • Reply Lindsay December 5, 2018 at 6:31 PM

      I used Dots. Can be found in about any candy aisle in the United States

  • Reply Barbara Walters November 18, 2018 at 7:18 PM

    Can you convert grams to once, please? I came up with 8.04 with seems odd????
    Thank you

    • Reply Jochen November 28, 2018 at 3:53 PM

      28 grams per ounce. Divide the grams by 28

  • Reply Anita November 18, 2018 at 10:04 PM

    Can you use gumdrop with sugar thanks

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney November 20, 2018 at 10:06 AM

      Hi Anita! I think they would work just fine…the only thing that might be an issue is that the sugar on the gumdrops might give a little gritty crunch to the candy…so it depends on whether you would like that or not.

  • Reply Lynn November 19, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    Were these spice gumdrops?

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney November 20, 2018 at 10:03 AM

      Hi Lynn! No, they’re just plain gum drops…the flavours were cherry and lime.

  • Reply Debi H. November 20, 2018 at 6:28 PM

    These look so pretty and festive ! Thanks for the recipe !

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney November 29, 2018 at 10:28 AM

      Thank you Debi! And you’re welcome…I hope you make it and enjoy it!

  • Reply Karen M. November 27, 2018 at 10:16 PM

    How totally sweet and cute! Thank you.

  • Reply Paula November 28, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Hi I found your recipe for the candy you have 225 for white chips it’s that in grams if so is that 9 ounces in pounds and also the 250 I would really like to make the candy but I want to make sure I’m doing this right thank you for your time thank you and have a blessed day Paula

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney November 28, 2018 at 11:18 AM

      Hi Paula! Yes, that’s in grams. You will need 2 of the 225 gram bags. Enjoy!

  • Reply Claire Hight November 29, 2018 at 7:43 AM

    I made this recipe and it ended up great! My only issue is that I would have liked to have seen a few photos of the actual melting/mixing process. I set up a double boiler with a heat proof bowl; it had a really ti. When I put all of the ingredients together–boy! I thought it would never melt before it cooked. I ended up using the microwave in short bursts to get it going. Also, it was hard to mix and I found sticking to the sides a big issue. I put it back on top of the pot with water in it while I mixed which helped. Also, you didn’t mention spraying the parchment in the pan to keep the mixture from sticking to it. I took the pan out of the fridge and had a hard time separating the parchment from the candy. But with all of that said, it ended up great! These are very much like the Brach candies I loved as a kid. They came out really pretty too. I would definitely make these again.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney November 29, 2018 at 10:28 AM

      Hi Claire! I’m so happy you made this recipe! You are right, it does take some time to melt…it feels like it takes forever, but I just stayed with it melting over the double boiler, and once it reaches a certain point the melting speeds up. Next time I make it, I’ll take some pictures of this process for others who might like to see it too! I also like your idea of spraying the parchment lightly first, while I didn’t have any trouble getting mine off the parchment paper, this is a great tip for others! Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate your feedback! Happy holidays!

  • Reply Renee November 29, 2018 at 8:10 PM

    Can u add pepermint to give it some flavor?

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney November 29, 2018 at 11:02 PM

      Hi Renee! I’m not sure as I’ve never tried it. But the gumdrops are nice flavour!

  • Reply Suzanne Houser November 30, 2018 at 1:03 PM

    Instead of grams could you give me how many cups for the minis and the white chocolate? I have partial bags of each.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney November 30, 2018 at 1:36 PM

      Hi Suzanne! I didn’t measure the ingredients by cups, so I can’t really say. For best results you have to use weight.

  • Reply Sammy-- November 30, 2018 at 11:37 PM

    I made them in a smaller test batch, they are delicious! My spouse can’t stop eating them. A few questions for when I make a full size batch.

    How long are they good for
    Stored in the fridge and or freezer?

    How long are they good for left out?

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney December 1, 2018 at 9:33 AM

      Hi Sammy! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! These candies can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to 4 weeks or more. Just make sure to let the candies come to room temperature before serving though because they need to soften up.

  • Reply Kathleen December 1, 2018 at 11:44 AM

    Will Dots candy work as well?

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney December 2, 2018 at 9:38 AM

      Hi Kathleen! I’m not sure…I think Dots may be too hard for this candy.

    • Reply Margie December 6, 2018 at 2:55 PM

      I use the dots, they work just fine. BTW, I got out a gold scale and weighed the marshmallows and chocolate chips, in grams.

  • Reply Flora December 4, 2018 at 7:19 PM

    Do you use salted butter or unsalted! Thanks

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney December 4, 2018 at 8:04 PM

      Hi Flora! I always use salted butter. Enjoy!

      • Reply Flora December 11, 2018 at 10:23 PM

        Thank you so much! 😊

  • Reply Ann December 10, 2018 at 1:57 PM

    If these are left out on a serving platter for several hours do they get very soft and sticky?

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney December 10, 2018 at 4:59 PM

      Hi Ann! They should be fine for a few hours, but yes, they will get a little sticky…not too bad though

  • Reply Rose December 11, 2018 at 4:29 PM

    I used 2 regular sized bags of Nestle White chips and 2 10 oz bags of the mini marshmallows…also started on stove top and moved it to the microwave just until all was melted …stirred in 3 theater boxes of Christmas Dots …I have had so so many compliments on these candies!

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