Tired of trying to select the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family this year? Why not try making a homemade gift that everyone will love. Nothing beats the taste of sweet, chocolate fudge, peanut brittle, and chewy caramel. What better gift to give friends and loved ones at Christmas, than candy? Candy is fun, and easy to make and one gift that will not be taken back to the store for a refund because everybody on your Christmas list is sure to love it.
Fudge is a symbol of the holidays and one of the most popular Christmas candies. So why not make it and give it away this Christmas? Chocolate marshmallow fudge is very easy to make. Simply, place evaporated milk, sugar, butter, and marshmallow cream in a pan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook for approximately five minutes. Next, stir in chocolate chips, vanilla, and nuts. Spread the candy into a pan and let it cool. Wrap the candy in colored cellophane or place it in a decorative container and tie with a bow.
When most people think of Christmas candy they visualize chewy, soft candies. However, hard candies goodies also make great Christmas presents. Candy apples are not only delicious but healthy as well. Remove the stems and place a skewer in the apple. In a saucepan, mix corn syrup, water, and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Test the candy by dropping a spoonful into a glass of cold water. Once the syrup forms a hard ball, remove from the heat. Dip the apples into the candy and place on waxed paper to dry. There are also kits available for easy-to-make candy apples. Wrap the apples in cellophane, attach a pair of candy canes and ribbon and give to those hard to buy for relatives.
Candy is always more delectable when it is made from scratch. Popular Christmas favorites include peanut brittle, caramels, peanut clusters, glazed pecans and divinity. Children will enjoy helping mom make this Christmas goodies and they will love sampling them even more. So dust off the cookbook and keep the tradition of homemade candy alive this Christmas.