National Gumdrop Day 2024 (US): Fun Activities and Facts about Gummy Candies

National Gumdrop Day 2024 celebrates the love for gumdrops, serving as a fun and festive decoration for various occasions.

National Gumdrop Day 2024 (US): Several days throughout the year are dedicated to celebrating specific candies, such as National Gumdrop Day on February 15th. It’s a time when Americans can indulge in their love for candy. Not only are gumdrops fun to eat, but they also serve as fantastic decorations. For years, people have been using gumdrops to create beautiful crafts.

With their wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, gumdrops are the perfect choice for adding a festive touch to any d├ęcor. Let’s start this party by grabbing your gumdrops!

The History of National Gumdrop Day

Gumdrops are a popular candy in America, known for their chewy texture and variety of fruit or spice flavors. Gumdrops are typically coated in sugar and have a small dome or ‘drop’ shape. However, they have changed and are now available with sleek coatings and in a wide variety of enjoyable shapes and sizes.

Many people debate the history of gumdrops. Percy Trusdale invented gumdrops in 1801. George Julier, a local candy shop owner, gained recognition in an Illinois newspaper during the 1850s. It was during this time that the term ‘gumdrop’ made its debut.

National Gumdrop Day is included in the list of candy-focused holidays by the National Confectioners Association. It’s a great opportunity to indulge in more candy purchases!

Gourmet candies have taken the market by storm, offering a wide variety of gumdrop flavors that go beyond the traditional orange, cherry, grape, and lemon options. Unusual flavors like key lime, tangerine, grapefruit, and pomegranate are available in rather large gumdrops (1 inch tall by 1 inch wide) at Whole Foods.

Gumdrops were the predecessors of modern gummy candies, such as gummy bears, worms, and even gummy vitamins (remember, vitamins are not candy!).

If you store gumdrops in a cool place in their unopened package, they can stay fresh for up to 12 months. If you decide to utilize them for crafting, they will naturally harden, which is perfectly fine, as long as you refrain from attempting to consume them afterward!

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FAQs about National Gumdrop Day 2024

Do gumdrops and jujubes have the same characteristics?

That’s not quite accurate. Gumdrops have a sugar coating, while jujubes have a smooth coating.

What is the sugar content in a serving of gumdrops?

Approximately 10 pieces make up one serving of gumdrops. This serving contains 21.2 grams of sugar, equivalent to nearly 6 teaspoons of sugar.

Is it possible to consume an excessive amount of gummy vitamins?

Eating the entire bottle is not advisable, even if it tastes good. Just four gummy vitamins could potentially lead to skin redness, nausea, and vomiting due to excessive niacin content.

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Here are 5 interesting facts about gummy candies

  • The gummy candy that holds the title of being the largest
    In 2014, Germany created the largest gummy candy ever made. It weighed a whopping 1,128 pounds and 12 ounces and took six days to set in the refrigerator.
  • The most popular gumdrop flavor is cherry, followed by grape, orange, and lemon.
  • Just over 10 pounds is the weight of the world record-holding gumdrop from Brach’s Candy, making it the largest gumdrop in the traditional shape.
  • In 2017, Kevin ‘L.A. Beast’ Strahle devoured an impressive 31 gummy bears within a minute, setting a new record.
  • The gummy bear that holds the title of being the largest
    In 2011, Texas created the largest gummy bear ever recorded. It weighed a whopping 81 pounds and measured 2 feet in both height and width.

National Gumdrop Day Dates

2024February 15Thursday
2025February 15Saturday
2026February 15Sunday
2027February 15Monday
2028February 15Tuesday

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