February 15, 2012

National Gumdrop Day

“When a small boy or girl hands you a flat gumdrop and you eat it, you have acquired that wonderful gift called tact." - Unknown

It's National Gumdrop Day!

I have a confession to make: when I was younger and played Candyland I always manipulated the deck of cards so that I could land on Queen Frostine’s square, because she was pretty (although she confused me... what candy was she representing exactly? I never understood). I always thought her and Mr. Mint should be together. But they couldn't be, because Jolly and his Gumdrop Mountains were always in the way. And I imagine travelling through the Gumdrop Mountains is incredibly sticky. I picture stepping into red jello looking stuff that sucks your leg down like mud, only on an incline.

Gumdrops, supposedly invented by Percy Trusdale in 1801, are a candy made from gelatin or pectin and coated in sugar. The original gumdrops included licorice flavored, spearmint flavored shaped in leaves, and orange flavored shaped in fruit slices. Today, you can find gumdrops in all sorts of flavors like cherry, grape, lemon, cinnamon, vanilla, mango, grapefruit, and even fruit punch.

Happy National Gumdrop Day!

(Unless you’re part of the star-crossed lover duo of Mr. Mint and Queen Frostine, that is.)