All I Want for Christmas is Candy: Sugar Plums

Twas The Night Before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

–Clement Clark Moore, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (1822)

Between this iconic Christmas poem and the Nutcracker’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” (pictured above), sugar plums have become part of our Christmas vocabulary. But what the devil are they? I always assumed they were just a sort of old-fashioned way of referring to sweets generally, but apparently there actually is a confection known as a sugar plum. This brave food blogger from Toronto tries it out.


2 responses to “All I Want for Christmas is Candy: Sugar Plums

  1. rudolpha nez-rouge

    packages all wrapped?
    everything festooned and holidayesque?
    you have time to make your very own candy canes,
    reminiscent of the shepherd’s crook!

    christmas candy canes

    3 cups sugar
    1 teaspoon peppermint flavor
    1/2 cup water
    3/4 cup light corn syrup
    3/4 teaspoon red vegetable color
    1/4 teaspoon ream of tartar
    combine sugar, water, corn syrup and cream of tartar ’til sugar is dissolved.
    divide into two saucepans.
    boil, dont stir til temp is 280 degrees f.
    add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavor to each pot.
    add only red coloring to just one pot.
    place on oiled surface and pull like taffy.
    pull and twist the red and white ropes
    into lovely candy canes.
    let them cool and harden on an oiled surface.
    ~~~~~~you did it!
    you actually made your very own candy canes!
    merry christmas!

  2. Interesant, dat nu vrei sa adaugi putin umor siteului tau :P? O poza haioasa cu animale care se schimba in fiecare zi.
    Daca da, da click pe nutmele meu

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