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February 15th is National Gumdrop Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then get ready for a sweet one because it's National Gumdrop Day!  Soft, chewy, sugary goodness shall be had today!  Let's get right into celebrating National Gumdrop Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Today, like most food holidays, is a holiday because people love eating gumdrops! They're sweet tasting, come in a variety of flavors and have an appealing, chewy texture to them. What's not to love?  Gumdrops are made from either colored pectin or gelatin that is flavored and most of the time covered in granulated sugar. They're shaped into a thimble-like shape and then gulped down before you know it.
 
My favorite kind of gumdrops is DOTS! When I go to the movie theatre I would usually pick up these or Sour Patch Kids. And those small boxes of DOTS are so commonly handed out at Halloween.  They are made by Tootsie Roll Industries and they opt out of the granulated sugar coating; I actually prefer gumdrops this way. These gumdrops were introduced to the world by Mason in 1940 and it wasn't until 1972 that Tootsie Roll Industries acquired the DOTS company.  They have a nice soft texture and come in a variety of different flavors. They even have tropical, yogurt and seasonal varieties. They aren't the healthiest of snacks but don't worry, you can cheat a little bit today!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, you can simply head down to a local store and pick up your favorite kind of gumdrops and then just think of different times you could go for a shot of sweetness. Maybe after dinner you can pop in a gumdrop instead of an after dinner mint. Or if you work in an office you can put out a dish full of gumdrops to celebrate with everyone. And if you happen to be going out to see a movie tonight then be sure to pick up a box of gumdrops to snack on during the movie.
 
If you want to get creative with gumdrops then think about the many ways you could incorporate them into other dishes. You could put them on top of cakes or cupcakes. You could blend them into a sweet milkshake or add them to your ice cream. You could toss them into a trail mix. You could even add them to Jello to make that jiggly treat a little more enjoyable; I think the textures would compliment each other.  Or heck you could even add them to your cereal if you really wanted to. I won't tell anyone ;).  And if you're really feeling crafty then why not try to make your own gumdrops? It's not something I've done before myself but I'm sure you could master the process and end up with bowls full of delicious gumdrops!  Or you could go wild and try to form a GIANT gumdrop!  Or even sculpt your sugary masterpiece into some sort of artistic shape.  Regardless of how you decide to celebrate today, I hope you enjoy the sweetness of the day!





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