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CHRISTMAS CANDY

Christmas is a time of family, presents, great food and Christmas candy. Christmas candy is a long standing tradition which carries through to modern times. Candy canes are arguably the most popular Christmas candy and date back to 17th century Europe. 17th century Europeans used to make treats and candies to decorate their Christmas trees. The first known candy canes were straight in shape and all white in color until a German choirmaster in 1670 bent the popular Christmas candy so it resembled a Shepard’s cane. The candy cane did not make an appearance in America until 1847 and were still all white in color. It was not until the late 19th century that the red stripes were added to the favorite Christmas candy.

Christmas candy can come in many forms; the candy cane, truffles, and traditional holiday fudge, just to name a few. Today many candy makers will change the color or shape of your favorite year round candy and wrap in decorative paper so it will look more festive in your Christmas candy bowl. Christmas candy is an inviting touch to your home when entertaining guests and little bags can be sent home with each guest as a party favor. When wrapping a holiday present, tape a few pieces of individually wrapped Christmas candy to the outside of the package to satisfy your recipients’ sweet tooth. Christmas candy also makes a great stocking stuffer or can be a gift all on its own. There are many homemade candy shops that specialize in Christmas candy and will wrap your candy beautifully so it is ready to give as a gift.

Many recipes for Christmas candy can be found on line or in bookstores’ cookbook sections. Making your own Christmas candy is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and is an activity that you can get the kids involved with. Best yet, you get to sample all of your delicious Christmas candy creations along the way!

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