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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

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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: 25 minutes
  • Refrigeration Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 60 candies 1x
  • Category: Candy
  • Method: Stovetop

Ingredients

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  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 (225 gram) bags white chocolate chips (DO NOT USE Chipits)
  • 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. See tips above in this post!
  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

About the white chocolate chips: Use ONLY real white chocolate chips, DO NOT USE Chipits…Chipits don’t melt.

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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:

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Happy Holidays!

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  1. I just finished the third batch for this year. I put all the ingredients in a glass pie plate in the microwave and watch it just until the marshmallows are puffed up and melted, about 3-3 1/2 minutes.
    The white chocolate was all melted at this point too. I stirred it all together then added Dots. I just wish I had remembered to sort out the red and green. But all the colors and flavors are festive.






  2. I made this nougat gumdrop candy today. I surprised myself. First of all I only bought enough ingredients for a half recipe. I proceeded anyway. This turned out very tasty. I used jubes that I snipped into 3. I now want to make another half batch and put pistachio nuts in with the jubes. Excellent recipe. Thank you for sharing it! Merry Christmas to all!






  3. I cursed this recipe the entire time I was making it. Part of it was because I don’t have a standard double boiler and had to use the bowl and pot method, which like you stated seemed to take way too long. This is also quite the arm workout trying to stir everything in. I think next time I would do a 1/2 batch and that would be sufficient for the neighborhood cookie trays. I am not a confectioner usually just a baker but I was truly surprised by the flavor of the nougat. I expected it to just be a sugar bomb. But it was very flavourful. I also used dots (made by tootsie roll) Christmas candy in red and green as the jelly’s.






  4. This is the simplest and best recipe . Fluffy nougat and others require honey, sugar, liquid glucose or corn starch. I’ve tried them all but this comes out perfect every time and is the same as the roman nougat bars I bought at the candy store when I was a kid. The first time i cooked on the stove but switched to using the microwave. Melt the butter and white chocolate then add a handful of marshmallows and cook for 30 seconds, stir and add more marshmallows and cook and repeat until all is melted. Add the gumdrops and pour into the pan. I have a following of friends and family that ask when I am making the next batch.

  5. I love the recipe and I love the candies. It really wasn’t that difficult to make and it is a lot better with the double boiler. And everybody likes them and they’re so colorful. Only problem is I forgot to freeze the extra ones. I left them in the refrigerator, but I didn’t freeze them and I’m not sure how long the candies last.






  6. This nougat recipe is so delicious. I found using a double boiler very time consuming and messy so I thought I would try the microwave. In a large microwave safe bowl I melted the butter for thirty seconds. Then I added the white chocolate and marshmallows and microwaved for one minute, gave it a stir and then did a second minute. Everything stirred up really well and smooth after two minutes and I added the gumdrops and put it in the pan. I noted it was much smoother than the double boiler method and only took 2.5 minutes total. And clean up was so easy. Nothing stuck to the bottom.