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Who Invented the Gumdrop?
The gumdrop was invented by a chemist and candy maker named Percy S. Truesdell. In 1915 he changed the texture of this sugar concoction. By adding starch in a formula he developed at Ohio State University, he changed a hard candy into a smooth, chewy delight. He later became known as the “Gumdrop King”.
Uses for Gumdrops
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Other Gumdrop Tidbits
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An interesting sidelight is the fact that the classic board game Candy Land features both a Gumdrop Pass and a Gumdrop Mountain.
Then there is the song by Barney called "If All The Raindrops" (The Raindrop Song) with the line:
If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops, oh what a life I would lead.
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A more modern offshoot of the original gumdrop are today's popular 'gummies' in the form of gummy bears and gummy worms. Kids seem to love these gelatin-based chewable sweets.
So, enjoy a gumdrop, or two or three, on National Gumdrop Day, February 15, or any day of the year this chewy treat appeals to you.
Happy Gumdrop Day!
(c) Gumdrop Holiday Review by Wednesday Elf written on 2/15/2019. Updated on 2/15/2020
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