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


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: Minimum 2 hours, including refrigeration time
  • Yield: 60 candies 1x

Description

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


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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.

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!

Valentine's Day Nougat

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64 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.

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      Lindsay
      December 5, 2018 at 6:31 PM

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

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        Malyn White
        December 27, 2018 at 10:05 AM

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

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          Michele Bretz
          April 13, 2019 at 3:28 PM

          That’s what I use as well..$1 at dollar tree

          • Teresa
            August 10, 2019 at 1:22 PM

            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

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    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

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      Jochen
      November 28, 2018 at 3:53 PM

      28 grams per ounce. Divide the grams by 28

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        Ed
        May 14, 2019 at 9:16 PM

        Sounds more like fudge tnan nougat.

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          Jo-Anna Rooney
          May 15, 2019 at 3:21 PM

          Hi Ed! It’s definitely not fudge…it’s very chewy like nougat.

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    Anita
    November 18, 2018 at 10:04 PM

    Can you use gumdrop with sugar thanks

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      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.

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    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.

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    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!

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

    How totally sweet and cute! Thank you.

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    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

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      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!

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    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.

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      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!

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    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!

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    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.

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    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?

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      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.

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    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.

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      Cyndie
      December 15, 2018 at 10:52 PM

      .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.

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    Flora
    December 4, 2018 at 7:19 PM

    Do you use salted butter or unsalted! Thanks

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

      Hi Flora! I always use salted butter. Enjoy!

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        Flora
        December 11, 2018 at 10:23 PM

        Thank you so much! ?

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    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?

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      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

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        Sharon Schwartz
        January 23, 2019 at 1:18 PM

        I tossed them in Powdered sugar once cut

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    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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    CJ
    December 14, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Would you be able to make this using chocolate chips instead of white? Thank you!

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      December 15, 2018 at 3:17 PM

      Hi CJ! You absolutely can, but I’m not sure how they would taste…I’ve never made them with chocolate chips…I’m not sure how good they would be.

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    Blanche Phipps
    December 17, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    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.

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    Jessica Mockett
    December 18, 2018 at 1:29 AM

    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?

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    Penny Brown
    December 19, 2018 at 5:42 PM

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

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      December 20, 2018 at 4:14 PM

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! They’re so pretty and delicious!!

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    Therese
    December 19, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    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

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      December 20, 2018 at 4:15 PM

      You are so welcome Therese! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe…it’s definitely a favourite here too!

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    Nancy Rosenberg
    December 20, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    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.

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      December 20, 2018 at 4:14 PM

      Oh that is wonderful to hear Nancy! They’re just delicious aren’t they?! And so pretty.

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    Linda
    December 24, 2018 at 8:30 PM

    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!

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    Elaine Vnuk
    December 26, 2018 at 7:14 AM

    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.

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    Bobbi Bowman
    January 10, 2019 at 1:00 AM

    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…

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      January 14, 2019 at 10:14 AM

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it Bobbi! I’m also making it for Valentine’s day…it’s so pretty!

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    Becky Duncan
    January 17, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Can u use jelly beans

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    Dottie m Wenzel
    February 9, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    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?

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      February 9, 2019 at 3:13 PM

      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

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    Dottie m Wenzel
    February 10, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    thank you for your reply…I will try to find the gum drops

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    Granma Sue
    March 3, 2019 at 6:22 PM

    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.

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      March 3, 2019 at 8:24 PM

      Oh that’s a great idea for St. Patrick’s Day! I’m so happy you enjoy this recipe Granma Sue!

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    Granma Sue
    March 3, 2019 at 6:27 PM

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

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    Deb Fuhrmann
    April 11, 2019 at 6:19 PM

    This recipe is perfect ?

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    Deb Fuhrmann
    April 30, 2019 at 9:20 AM

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

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    Patti
    August 7, 2019 at 3:36 AM

    I use juju fish for gum drops. Not sure where u get them locally, pattibut u can get them online.

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