The season is near! Let’s get started with these easy make-ahead Christmas candy recipes to celebrate the holidays!
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.
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)
“Break open the bright white exterior of this Chrismas candy to reveal a delicious blend of crisp, crunchy rice cereal and creamy almond butter. Drizzle melted white chocolate over the treats for a gourmet presentation.”
“The earliest mention of sugarplums as a confection is from 1668. While the English defined it as a type of comfit (a sugar-crusted seed or fruit), sugar plum can also mean “something very pleasing or agreeable; esp. when given as a sop or bribe,” a use of the term that dates back to 1608. The word plum in Victorian times usually suggested a raisin or dried currant, not the fruit we think of today.”
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“We’ve reinvented your favorite salty snack mix in the form of irresistible candy clusters. Salty pretzels, mixed nuts, popcorn, and golden raisins get the sweet treatment thanks to a creamy coating of caramel.”
“Homemade fudge sandwiches thick, gooey caramel and crunchy peanuts for a delicious sweet that rivals your favorite candy bar. Our recipe yields 64 servings, making it perfect for holiday baking exchanges and large family gatherings.”