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The season is near! Let’s get started with these easy make-ahead Christmas candy recipes to celebrate the holidays!
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Christmas Candy and Saint Nicholas
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
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 a hot mocha.
While you’re dreaming of visions of sugarplums, you might wonder what exactly they are.
According to 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.”
These 17th-century Christmas candies contained “popular innards for comfits included caraway, fennel, coriander, cardamom seeds, almonds, walnuts, ginger, cinnamon, and aniseed.”
What then is a comfit? Coated and tossed in sugar, these nuts and seeds are considered the oldest known sugar candies. Candied Almonds were among the first recorded candies in culinary history.
According to National Geographic, a sugar plum, also known as a “comfit,” was popular in England from 1600 through the 1800s.
Are you in the mood for sugar plums yet? I most definitely am!
Gift-Worthy Christmas Candy to Make Ahead
Plan ahead with these easy recipes to bring Christmas cheer!