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multi colored gumballs

How To Make Gumballs

  • Total Time: 40 minutes max
  • Yield: Approximately 40 gums 1x


When I was a kid I always wanted to have a miniature gumball machine in my room; that never happened. It wasn’t until I was adult that I learned how to make gumballs and how easy it is. 


  1. ⅓ cup gum pellets
  2. ¾ cup confectioners sugar + 2 tablespoons for sprinkling
  3. ½ tablespoons light corn syrup
  4. ¼ teaspoon citric acid
  5. Food coloring of your choice
  6. Flavoring of your choice

Other kitchen tools you will need:

  1. Microwavable bowl
  2. Popsicle sticks
  3. Wax paper for lining
  4. Wax paper cut into 3×3 inch squares


  1. Pour the confectioners sugar onto the wax paper and make a well in the center using a popsicle stick.
  2. Put the gum pellets, corn syrup, and citric acid in a microwavable bowl and pop it in the microwave for 45 seconds.
  3. Stir the mixture and heat it again for 10 seconds. Repeat until the pellets have completely melted. NOTE: Don’t let the kids do this on their own as the mixture will be extremely hot.
  4. Pour the mixture into the center well you made in the confectioner’s sugar and stir using a popsicle stick.
  5. When the mixture is cool enough, start mixing using your hands until well combined.
  6. Add the flavoring and coloring and stir.
  7. Knead the gum until it becomes smooth and easy to roll.
  8. Roll the gum into a thin snake.
  9. Cut into bite-size pieces.
  10. Roll each piece into a ball and dust with confectioners sugar.
  11. Wrap in squared wax paper.


If you want more than one flavor and color, divide the gum at the time you Step 5 and make the flavor variations in Step 6.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 to 35 minutes
Cook Til Yummy