Homemade Under the Sea Gumdrops including Goldfish, Starfish, and Sea Shells.
Homemade Under the Sea Gumdrops: Goldfish, Starfish, and Sea Shells
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

These orange, yellow, and white gumdrops shaped like goldfish, starfish, and sea shells are the perfect summer treat! They are adorable and yummy, and they are homemade so you don't have all the preservatives of store bought ones! 

Course: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beach, beach party, candy, gummies, parties, pool party, sea shells, summer
Servings: 30
Author: Beth Jackson Klosterboer
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1.75 ounce package powdered fruit pectin (original not low or no sugar pectin)*
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • flavored oil or extract
  • optional food coloring
  • colored decorating sugar orange, yellow, white
  1. Butter the sides of a heavy 1-1/2 or 2 quart saucepan and set aside.
  2. InĀ anotherĀ 2 or 3 quart saucepan combine the water, pectin, and baking soda.
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat, cover, and set aside.
  5. In the buttered saucepan add corn syrup and water.
  6. Set over medium-high heat stirring until sugar disolves.
  7. Bring to a boil.
  8. When candy reaches 260 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the lid and place the pot of pectin back on high heat and bring to a boil.
  9. When candy reaches 280 degrees F, remove from heat and slowly pour in the hot pectin mixture.
  10. Return to medium-high heat and stir for one minute.
  11. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon flavored oil.
  12. Add coloring, if desired.
  13. Carefully pour into silicone candy mold.
  14. Set molds aside for 6 hours.
  15. Turn molds upside down and press on the back side of the mold to remove the candies.
  16. Add details using a black food coloring marker.
  17. Roll in colored decorating sugar.
  18. Set aside for 1 hour before packaging.