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When I think of gum drops, I think of the bright colors on display in a candy store. Radiating near the window in a basket, with flavors such as cinnamon, licorice, lime and spearmint, the flavors are sure to entice many passing by. Becoming known as the Gumdrop King, chemist and creator of the unique candy was Percy Truesdell who died in 1948. Developing his niche with chemistry at the University of Ohio, he later worked for the Snyder-Chafee Company until becoming founder and manufacturer of  P.S. Truesdell Candy Manufacturing Company. Made of gelatin and topped with sugar, the famous candy can be used to decorate many desserts such as cookies, cakes and cupcakes. Or incorporate the delicious treat in popcorn candy, gifts and/or crafts. Of course, included in Phenomenal Fudge’s best, the heavenly combination is sure to excite many.

When some people think of Gumdrops, they think of candy and become discouraged at the thought of the added sugar. However, candy only accounts for 6% of the added sugar in the American diet while juice and soft drinks contain 46%! That’s a whopping difference. So, rest assured, we’re not trying to make you eat large quantities of an ingredient that could be harmful to your health.  

While Saturday, February 15 was National Gumdrop Day, we at Phenomenal Fudge challenge you to be creative with your taste buds this month. Gather family and/or friends, play a game of Candy Land (think of Phenomenal Fudge while you pass Gumdrop Mountain and Gumdrop Pass). Go for it!  Ready…set…GO! Time’s running out.

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