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Go-To Gum Paste Recipe


  • 1 pound powdered sugar

  • 1 TBSP + ½ tsp. Gum Tragacanth (don’t substitute)

  • 1/3 cup cold water (less 1-2 TBSP for firmer paste)

  • 1 ½ tsp unflavored gelatin

  • 1 TBSP shortening

  • 3 TBSP white corn syrup or glucose



  • This recipe can be doubled.
  • Corn syrup will work with this recipe but I prefer to use glucose.  
  • The fresher the gum tragacath the better your finished gum paste will be.  
  • Don’t substitute another type of gum for the gum tragacanth.  
  • Make sure to buy “Gum Tragacanth” not cmc… they are NOT the same.
  • If the paste becomes a little too stiff to work with, Knead a drop or two of water into the paste.  A little at a time until the preferred consistency is obtained.