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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.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy Recipe Tip

The mixture is 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

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

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: -26861510 minutes
  • Yield: 60 candies 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 (225 gram) bags white chocolate chips
  • 2 (250 gram) bags of mini marshmallows
  • 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 medium 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 or boil.
  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 or wax 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. Slice into 60 bite sized pieces.
  12. To store the candies, use parchment paper between layers so the candies don’t stick together.
  13. Enjoy this nougat recipe!

Notes

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

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Tips and Tricks for Making Nougat Candy:

RECIPE UPDATE!  I have received a lot of questions about melting the butter, white chocolate chips and marshmallows together.  I prefer to use the double boiler method because it’s a lot more difficult to burn the mixture with the indirect heat.  A lot of people found this method hard because the mixture is very sticky and takes some time to melt down.  I realize that, but I still feel like it’s the better method.  You just have to be patient and keep stirring.  Here are some tips:

  • Put the butter and the chips in the bowl first and get them melting.
  • Then add in 1/3 of the marshmallows and get them melting.
  • Then the next 1/3 and stir them in, get them melting down.
  • Add the remaining marshmallows, stir them in and keep mixing until the mixture is smooth and there are no remaining marshmallows.
  • The whole process only takes about 10 minutes or less.

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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More Delicious No-Bake Christmas Treats:

Check out my Valentine’s Day Nougat too!  I’m sharing even more tips in this post!

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170 Comments

      1. 5 stars
        I used Dots cut in half too – it was the most favorite of all the cookies/candies I made this year from the recipients.

          1. Thanks for the great hints regarding the gumdrops. I’m always looking new candies for my Christmas gift baskets and this recipe seems simple to make. I like the idea of freezing. Happy Baking

        1. Oh good. Ontario is a long way away, and before I read all the way to the bottom of the recipe, I purchased Dots as well. I’m glad someone has proved that that works!

        2. I’ve made these the last two Christmas sand love them. For a batch last year, I used cinnamon bears. They were so good!

    1. 5 stars
      I made these candies twice this Christmas along with 13 other candies. My son’s lady loved them as I did, too. My daughter, who is a die hard chocolate lover, stated that these candies may become her new favorite. I used Dots candies for the gum drops. The first time I used one large (theater size) box and the second time I used two. My only problem with the recipe is using grams for measurements. It would have been easier using cup measurements for the white chocolate and mini marshmallows, but luckily I have a food scale that helped. Also, when it came to cutting the strips I thought I may have to use my husband’s skill saw. BUT the candies were well worth it!

          1. I made these with jujubes cut up in small pieces and I also used a rubber scraper to pull out and pat down this confection . This sticky recipe sticks to metals but not to rubber. Hope this helps make your next fondant recipe a whole lot easier 😃👍

    2. 5 stars
      I got myself a Salter scale for around $20.. I don’t know how I cooked without it. You put a container on it, then turn it on and it shows a tare weight of 0. Press a button and change it from ounces to grams. It was a life saver for this recipe. I also used Dots. Hard to mix, but so worth it. I too had a problem scraping out the bowl. My solution was scrape it out of the bowl and eat it. So yummy!

    1. 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.

  1. 5 stars
    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

  2. 4 stars
    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.

    1. 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!

      1. I can’t find gumdrops can you substitute fruit slices in the place of the gumdrop they are mad the same way I would just cut the top layer off because of all the auger please let me know and thank you hunny

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

    1. Suzanne ….. 10 cups of mini marshmallows. Not sure about the white chocolate chips as I just used the 225 g bags of chips.

  4. 5 stars
    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?

    1. 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.

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

    2. .yes dats do work very well! I used all of the colors they look very festive, just like the Christmas lights . This is my new favorite Christmas candy.

  5. 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!

  6. Thanks for the tip using lightly greased parchment paper to pat it down, otherwise I would still be trying to get it in the pan. I also landed putting it in the microwave to melt, using 30 seconds, 20 seconds intervals, so not to cook the mixture. My big problem was to get the mixture out of the bowl. I didn’t get all the mixture out of the bowl, it was just too sticky, even re putting it in the microwave to soften it. I was afraid to overcook it. I finally give up. Your pictures looks so great. Mine looks lumpy. HELP. Anymore tips to make mine look like yours, and make this recipe easier.

  7. I had a hard time getting it to melt and mix well! I struggled with the sticky stirring. I used red and green gummy worms chopped up. My gummies streaked color in the mixture. Mine just don’t look as pretty as yours. It’s almost a “nailed it” version! I made a batch of eggnog candy right after and that recipe called for marshmallow fluff. So much easier to melt the chocolate and then stir in fluff! Maybe that could be a substitute on this recipe?

    1. I was wondering the same thing about the fluff as I struggled with the melting process. It took well over 10 minutes. At the ten minute mark, I was ready to give up, but stayed with it for another ten minutes until it all melted. Then, it started sitting up as it cooled. It took me and a helper to get it out of the bowl into the pan. It’s in the fridge now and I am hoping it will be as good as the picture looks. The marshmallow fluff will be a lot easier, especially for old ladies like me!

  8. 5 stars
    I made these yesterday. They are so pretty! I can’t believe how easy it is to make these beautiful candies.

  9. 5 stars
    These came out perfectly! I was so surprised. Exactly like the pictures. Not as sweet as I feared they would be. Sooooooo pretty. I used green, red and yellow Dots and they were a huge hit. Thanks so much

  10. 5 stars
    I think I am going to add this to my list of treats I make every Christmas. They came out just perfect and everyone loves them. The hardest part of the whole process was finding the Christmas Dots Candy. I know I could have used the regular ones but I got it in my head that I really wanted the red and green ones. After many different store trips they were finally found. I found stirring from the bottom up was crucial when melting. Getting the mixture out of the double boiler did take some strength and needs to be done quickly. No need to take a picture of mine as mine came out just as pictured.

  11. 5 stars
    I made them as Rose did (December 11 comment). 2 bags of white chips, 2 bags of mini marshmallows, the butter, & 3 boxes of Dots. I microwaved in 30 & 20 second increments, stirring after each interval. BUTTER is key! Butter the inside of your bowl, butter your wooden stirring spoon, and at the end butter your hands and mix in Dots with your hands. It does get gooey but the butter helps. I’ve made 4 batches to give away and they are a huge hit with everyone!

  12. I have made these with sour jujubes cut in smaller pieces but do not use the purple/black ones. The jujubes make a lovely tangy yet sweet nougat. I have also made chocolate nougat with milk chocolate chips with the addition of toasted hazelnuts. They reminded me of EatMore chocolate bars with a hazelnut twist. I have also heard that some people add dried fruit and/or nuts to their nougat with delicious results.

  13. 5 stars
    Loved this and it came out looking so beautiful! I did replace the gumdrops with “Fruit Slices” (These are like the old fashioned orange slices, but in different flavors/colors). Very festive on the Christmas table. The family begged for more….so of course … I made more. For Valentine’s Day, I think I will make them with red gumdrops. St. Patrick’s Day…

  14. 5 stars
    Hi I made this today…I used cut up gummy worms…i dont know if I cut them in too small of pieces or what but when i added them to the mixture they immediately melted…mu nougat is now pink…no pieces of the gummies any where..tastes good just looks funny…lol…do you think i cut them too small?

    1. Hi Dottie! I think the problem is the use of gummy worms…gummy worms are too soft and melt easily. I will only use gumdrops in this recipe because they don’t melt easily. ~ Jo-Anna

  15. I made these for Christmas and everyone loved them so I’m going to make them for St Patrick’s with green yellow and white gum drops! Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  16. FYI…to those that had a hard time making this…try cutting the recipe in half it might be easier to work with!

  17. 5 stars
    This is fantastic so delicious. I used Dots and it worked great, next batch with dried cherries. Thank you for a delicious easy recipe.

    1. Hi Sandra! I’m not too sure as I’ve only ever used the small marshmallows because they’re measured out exactly. If you have a kitchen scale you could weigh out 500 grams.

  18. I haven’t made these yet. We are considering them for our annual cookie day with 25 ladies all working together. Any tips and tricks for cutting these? Use a warm dry knife like fudge?

    1. Hi Liz! I’ve listed most tips I have for this nougat up in my post, but for cutting, the biggest tip is a really sharp long knife. They’re sticky, but once you cut one row, you’ll get the hang of it! Enjoy!

  19. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe and it will be a keeper. I didn’t have any gum drops or Dots so I added some caramel bits and sliced almonds. The double boiler method worked well with adding just a handful of marshmallows at a time everything incorporated easily and clean up was a breeze by using the hot water to soak the gooey pan. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    1. Hi Laurie! I’m not sure I would…they’re pretty sticky. If you do, make sure to wrap them in wax paper. When I store them or give them as gifts, I just put them in a container and make sure not to let the candies touch each other, then I line the layers with wax or parchment paper.

      1. Hi Laurie and Jo-Anna, my hubby and I wrap each piece in rice paper. Then there is no issue for sticking together. We also put each piece in mini cupcake cups.
        Jo-Anna, we have used your recipe for the last 2 Christmases and our friends and family begged for this nougat throughout the year! Tonight we are adjusting the recipe to milk chocolate chips and red hots. Hopefully it will turn out great. Hubby is a chef and is extremely creative. Wish us luck!
        Thank you for sharing!

        1. Great tips! And good luck with this new flavour combination, it sounds delicious! I might just caution that the chocolate chips might melt in the warm nougat…let me know how it turns out!

  20. We love this recipe. My husband used a sharp pizza cutter to cut them. Made it easy. I will make some more forChristmas.

  21. 5 stars
    Super easy to make and amazing flavor! My hubby couldn’t leave it alone and he is pretty picky when it comes to sweets. The only problem I had was cutting it. I waited almost twelve hours to cut it, but it’s pretty sticky. That being said it is now in a container. Thanks so much!

  22. 5 stars
    I used juju Swedish fish and cut them up with kitchen shears. Love the recipe but it’s A WORKOUT to stir!

  23. 5 stars
    I made this recipe with Hershey white chips, mini marshmallows, 2 tbsp butter and Dot candies cut into fourths. It wasn’t excessively sweet, which my family prefers. I also made only a half-batch at a time–it was easier for me to work with. After microwaving until chips-marshmallows-butter were smooth, I added the Dots and then spooned it into a 7″ x 9″ glass dish with parchment on the bottom . I flattened it with a 7″ x 9″ piece of parchment. Once the candy cooled down, I lifted the nougat slab, placed it on a wooden cutting board, and used a pair of scissors to cut the length into strips, then cut the strips into pieces. Very quick and easy! Everyone enjoyed the nougat. This will be included as an annual Christmas candy!

  24. 5 stars
    Great Recipe!! Our favorite of all the candy recipes I made this year for Christmas. Gumdrops coated with sugar are fine to use. I used “Fruit Slices”, available in the candy aisle at Food Lion stores and also at Walmart.

  25. I love this recipe. In the future I am thinking of trying it using Chocolate chips instead of white chocolate and almonds instead of gumdrops. Has anyone else made it with regular chocolate chips?

  26. 5 stars
    I made these last Christmas. I didn’t convert grams to ounces. I used 2 12oz bags of white chips and 2 10 oz bags os mini marshmallows It turned out great! Everyone loved it.

  27. I had told my friend that after the candy sat for a few to score the candy in strips then after it sets up then maybe able to cut or brake at the score ?

  28. 1 star
    I melted the Marshmallows, Chips and Butter in a pot on the Cooktop on LOW a temp. No DB which is how have made my Church Windows for the last 40 years. Melts quickly and turned out just fine. I do like the tip of dusting them in Confectioner’s Sugar. My Childhood favorite, Thank You!

  29. Thanks for the recipe. My add ins are 1) crushed peppermint OR 2) pistachios & sliced almonds OR 3) dried cherries & walnuts with rum extract. After I cut them, I dip in melted chocolate.

  30. 5 stars
    Mine looked delicious and I enjoyed the taste but my husband said they tasted rubbery but he still liked them)😁
    Have I done something wrong? Is this the way they should taste?
    Jiley

  31. Love this recipe. I have an allergy to soy and most white chocolate chips are made with soy lectin, I was wondering could you use white melting chocolate instead.

  32. 5 stars
    Mine turned out amazing! The hardest thing was finding gum drops so I found dots and they were perfect except take forever to cut into 4 pieces because they stick to everything. I’m going to try some tips I’ve seen others have used for the stickyness and the stirring workout next time as I have to make more, my husband and I ate so many and I took a lot to a friend, made a lot out of this so well worth it in my opinion!

  33. 4 stars
    I made this again this year and weighed my items and then measured them into cups for those who don’t have a scale. The 450 grams of Chios equals 2 1/3 cups and the 500 grams of marshmallows equals 8 2/3 cups. Hope this helps!

  34. 5 stars
    I actually melted mine together in a crockpot on medium. I just dumped in everything but the gumdrops (saving them for last). I stirred it in 5 minute intervals, being sure to scrape the bottom. They came out perfectly!

  35. I just finished making these! I couldn’t find any gumdrops or dots, so I ended up using Swedish Berries instead! Super easy to make and the small taste I had from the empty pot was actually really delicious! I can’t wait for my family to try them!

      1. They turned out amazing!! My daughter absolutely loved them! Thank you so much for this recipe, it’s going to be one of my go to’s! Seriously 10/10!!

  36. 225 grams is equivalent to 1/2 pound roughly, so 2 bags @ 225 = a pound or actually just under a pound
    250 grams for the marshmallows is equivalent to 1 pound 10 oz. roughly.
    These look absolutely delicious! I remember eating these as a child and haven’t had them since. I can’t wait to make them!

  37. I have alot of bakers chocolate on hand, white, and wondered if I could use this instead of chips? And what amount if possible?

    1. Hi Christine! I’ve never used bakers chocolate in this nougat so I’m not sure if it would work. My concern would be that the bakers chocolate would make the nougat too soft and wouldn’t set. If you try it, let me know how it goes!

  38. 5 stars
    All I can say is Yumm , I used powdered sugar on the out side after I cut them up, so I could take some to work ( did not want to send container ,never would have got it back ) I could not find Dots ,so I used gummy life savers, and cut them in to 4th . They taste great

  39. I made these for Christmas. 1/2 recipemail had to make more late they were great. I used the white a;momd bark. melted the white chocolate and butter first then added the marshmellows and they melted pretty fast.

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  40. Found your recipe last year and have made them several times since. I just made a batch for Easter using finely diced bunny jubes and white candy melts instead of the chips. I wrap them individually in cellophane if Im giving them as gifts. Superb candy brings back memories of enjoying these as a child.

  41. I had a craving for Brach’s Jelly Nougats only to find that they don’t make them like they were. If you can find them at all. So I tried this recipe. My daughter and granddaughter are addicted now and I have to keep making them. I find I have to cut the recipe in half just because I am almost 70 and the pan is to heavy with the candy in to get it out. Also, I melt the chips and marshmallow oner a low burner, not double boiler. If you keep stirring, it won’t burn. Very hard to eat just a couple of pieces. Soooo good.

  42. Hi want to make this but I need to be sure of something first. Is it 1 1/2 cups of red gum drops and 1 1/2 green ? Or 1 1/2 cups total gum drops? Would love to make this for Christmas. They look so pretty!

  43. Excellent Recipe! First time ever making it. Was a hit in our household – especially with the kids. When I made it with my daughter we maybe melted the white chipits too fast because they clumped together. So we decided to melt all the marshmallows first in the 4 table spoons of butter in the microwave. Then we added the chocolate a little at a time. This worked great. And with the extra table spoon of butter it didn’t stick to the bowl at all. We then added the cut up jujubes and it turned out excellent. Thanks for this!

  44. These look good but my daughter is lactose intolerant and finding white chocolate that she can eat is impossible. I know it would look different with brown chocolate, which I have found dairy free, but have you tried that? Do you think it would work.

  45. Only made 1/2 recipe. Delicious. I sprayed a plastic bowl lightly and wiped it. Then melted ingredients in microwave on 50% power stiring occasionally. Did not stick to bowl. Easy peasy. Tried several ways to cut and discovered kitchen shears work great.

  46. Thank you so much for this recipe! I loved eating these as a kid and I’ve now made them 4 different times from your recipe, and they come out amazing every time!

  47. I made these and everyone loved them. The only difference was I used Haribo gummy cherries and snipped them with kitchen shears. They did melt down a little but I think I should’ ve let the whole mix cool a few minutes before adding the cherries.

    Next try I think I will use sliced almonds, spread them thin on a baking pan and top with melted caramel and then melted chocolate…candy bars??? I also want to try the dried cherries and pistachios.

  48. I am also ordering about storage, why do they have to be kept in the fridge or freezer? I don’t see any ingredients in the recipe that require refrigeration? Also what happens if you do store them on the counter for a month? Do they go moldy or just not as fresh? Thanks

    1. Hi Kaela! The only reason I recommend keeping these candies in the fridge is to help them from not sticking together. You can keep them on the counter, and I do for short periods of time (a day or so), but if they get too warm they will stick together. The only time I freeze them is if I want a batch weeks or months later.

  49. I wrap the pieces in cut squares of parchment paper. Solves the sticking together and I leave a few pieces at room temperature, while the rest stays in the refrigerator.

  50. There are so many comments already that I didn’t read them all, but at the risk of being repetitive, why not use gummy bears, which are easy to find and perhaps small enough that you wouldn’t have to cut them in half.

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