Christmas Candy to Make Ahead

The season is near! Let’s get started with these easy make-ahead Christmas candy recipes to celebrate the holidays!

Christmas Candy to Make Ahead and Visions of Sugar Plums | 31Daily.com

A quintessential element of Christmas is, of course, Clement Moore’s poem, “A Visit From Saint Nicholas,” better known as, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a beloved seasonal story written on a snowy night before Christmas in 1823.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

“The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads...”

Indeed, I’ve been known to dream of sugarplums every November as I begin making lists and baking for Christmas. But what, exactly, are sugarplums? And… do they even exist?

Apparently… they do. But they aren’t sugar-coated plums. Which makes me smile — and turn up my Christmas music while sipping hot mocha.

Christmas Sugarplums

Here is what they are…

“According to candy historians and the Oxford English Dictionary, a sugarplum is a comfit—that is, a seed, nut, or scrap of spice coated with a layer of hard sugar, like the crunchy outer case of an M&M. In the 17th century, popular innards for comfits included caraway, fennel, coriander, and cardamom seeds, almonds, walnuts, ginger, cinnamon, and aniseed. Tiny comfits—“hundreds and thousands,” “shot comfits,” or nonpareils”—were made by sugar-coating minuscule celery seeds; “long comfits” were sugar-coated strips of cinnamon bark or citrus peel.” (National Geographic)

A comfit?  Sugared nuts and seeds, the oldest known sugar candies. Candied Almonds were among the first recorded.

Are you in the mood yet? I am!

Gift-Worthy Christmas Candy to Make Ahead

Plan ahead with these easy recipes to bring Christmas cheer!

Christmas Candy to Make Ahead

The season is near! Let's get started with these easy make-ahead Christmas candy recipes to celebrate the holidays!

Christmas Candy to Make Ahead and Visions of Sugar Plums | 31Daily.com

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