Christmas is a time of joy and giving, with a wide variety of homemade candy and treats consumed with eagerness by young and old alike. The candy ranges from dipped chocolates to elaborate creations of fudge, divinity and mints to the pulled taffy and fudge.
Making candy is not unusually difficult. It just takes time and attention to detail, much like making a craft or quilt. Holiday treats can be made then given as gifts or the dry ingredients assembled and given in glass jars for friends and relatives to make. The sights and smells of the Christmas season are a wonderful part of the season of love and giving. For beginners, a few ideas and tips will make the gift giving and treat making much easier.
- Decide on what to make before the season starts.
- Use the best ingredients you can find for outstanding results.
- Sugar and butter are some of the main ingredients in candy, especially cooked fudge.
- Read recipes several times and make sure that the ingredients are there before you start.
- Clean up spills as you go, it saves a lot of time later
- Wrap the gifts in jars or cookie tins
- Watch online videos if you need to know how to do something.
- Have the right tools for the job and enough clean space to work.
- If you are including dry ingredients in jars, make sure they are tightly sealed.
- Finely crushed peppermint candies work well as sprinkles on cookies.
- Gingerbread houses are fun to make but take a lot of time.
- Make several kinds of candy or fudge to give away in small containers.
- Be aware of food allergies that may exist for those receiving gifts.
- Write down the names of what types of candy you make and note what works well.
- Chocolate can be used in a wide variety of treats.