With small vegetable cutters, they can be any shape you like.
We talked about the history of gumdrops in the post for gum drop cake from Ceres, California.
From a box sold in River Forest, Illinois.
3/4 cup cold water
4 envelopes gelatin, plain
3/4 cup boiling water
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 Tbsp. lime or lemon juice
3 drops yellow, green or red food coloring
1 Tbsp. orange or lemon extract
Put cold water in saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin. Let stand five minutes, then add boiling water, 2-1/4 cups sugar and salt. Bring to full boil over low heat, stirring.
Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into 8-inch square pan rinsed with cold water. Let stand at room temperature overnight.
Next day, dip pan in hot water for a moment to loosen mixture. Turn out onto waxed paper sprinkled with sugar. Cut in squares and roll in sugar.
Makes about one and one-half pounds.