The season is near! Let’s get started with these easy make-ahead Christmas candy recipes to celebrate the holidays!
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 just 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, and 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.
Are you in the mood for sugar plums yet? I most definitely am!
With just 10 minutes of prep, some cooling time in your fridge and three ingredients, this sweet-as-can-be recipe will deliver holiday fun. It's the easiest (and tastiest!) way to spread joy during the hectic holiday season.
“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.”
These Gumdrop Nougat Candies taste like nostalgia and Christmas’ past. And I love them. They’re sweet, soft, chewy and so delicious. And very easy to make. Create a batch and share them with friends, give them as gifts, and make sure to have them on your holiday treat plate!
"These incredible melt-in-your-mouth candies have the perfect amount of mint nestled between layers of mild chocolate. Even when I make a double batch for everyone to enjoy, the supply never lasts long at Christmas!"
Master the sweet-and-salty–dessert trend — without turning on the oven! Our easiest-ever brittle-like candy (made with saltines!) is 100% no-bake and requires only a microwave. Who needs a candy thermometer?
"You’ve been invited to a dinner party, and suddenly you’re wondering what, exactly, you should bring the host — I realized that marshmallows make the perfect gift this time of year. And these eggnog marshmallows, in particular, will guarantee you get an invite to the next party."
“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.”