Gum Drops From Mary Lou

Hello, Mary Lou. Goodbye, teeth.

We talked about the history of gumdrops in the post for gum drop cake from Martinez, California.

From a notebook originally from somewhere in the general area of Sterling, Colorado from the 1930s.

This recipe is from the 43rd page of the notebook; here’s the page in full (click to enlarge).

Click to expand a longer explanation...
In the words of the seller:
I acquired this book from the great granddaughter of the woman who wrote this book back in a small Nebraska town in the 30’s. She belonged to that generation of rural housewives who worked tirelessly to make ends meet and “keep body and soul together” for their families working the farms.

Later addendum:[A]fter a conversation I had with a friend’s sister who used to live in North Eastern Colorado, given the type of recipes listed we decided it might be from a small town there, i.e., Sterling or Fort Morgan. Also North Platte or Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Even Cheyenne, Wyoming. If you Google a map of Sterling, Colorado and pull back, you will see all these little towns in that tri-state area.

Gum Drops From Mary Lou

2 Tbsp. gelatin
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. cold water
3/4 c. boiling water

Soften gelatin in cold water; combine sugar and boiling water. Boil 5 minutes.

Add gelatin. Stir until dissolved. Boil slowly 15 minutes.

Flavor each portion and tint with food coloring. Pour into shallow pans which have been dipped in cold water.

Let stand overnight, turn out and cut into squares. Roll in granulated sugar.



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