Gumdrop Brains - Creepy Halloween Candy
Gumdrops made in the shape of brains with red food coloring "blood" inside
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Recipe type: Dessert
Category: Halloween
Makes: 8
  • butter (to grease pan and brain mold)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 (1.75 ounce) package original powdered fruit pectin (not low or no sugar pectin)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon flavored oil (I used LorAnn Sour Apple oil)
  • granulated sugar to coat gumdrops
  • red liquid food coloring
  • NOTE: You want pectin that is white or clear looking. I used Sure-Jell for this recipe. Ball pectin has a brown hue to it, so I don't suggest it for this project.
  • Supplies:
  • 2 Fred and Friends Brain Freeze Molds (with 8 brain cavities)
  • optional, food handling glove to help with greasing your molds
  • 1 1/2 or 2 quart saucepan, preferably a good quality stainless steel pan
  • 2 or 3 quart saucepan
  • candy thermometer
  • glass bowl with spout or a glass mixing bowl
  • skewer or toothpick
  1. Butter your brain molds before you make your batch of gumdrops.
  2. Click here, to see the recipe for homemade gumdrops.
  3. As soon as your gumdrop mixture is ready, pour it into a glass bowl, preferably with a spout.
  4. Fill up each brain cavity about 3/4 full.
  5. Immediately, poke a hole in each brain using a skewer or toothpick that has been dipped in red food coloring.
  6. Swirl the skewer around a bit, spreading the red coloring around inside the brains.
  7. Allow the gumdrops to cool for 1 hour then pop the molds into the freezer for an hour.
  8. Remove, and un-mold the brains onto some sugar.
  9. Coat all the gumdrop brains in sugar.
  10. Store in an airtight container for up to a month.
Recipe by Hungry Happenings at