How to Make Your Own Christmas Candy

published by lanne on Nov 5, 2008

Several years ago I decided that I would make homemade candy as gifts for my extended family. I purchased pretty jars and tins, and filled them with a variety of different sweets, hoping that they would not only appreciate the gift itself, but the fact that they were made by hand. It was a huge success. Here are some ideas for making your own Christmas candy.

Spicy Cashew Brittle

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I decided to stick with a Christmas theme and used a basic Peanut Brittle recipe and added some Pumpkin Pie Spice and substituted Cashews for the Peanuts. This recipe will yield two pounds of Cashew Brittle. *Because you must work quickly when making any kind of Brittle, it is best to cut the recipe in half and make it in two batches.
Ingredients
•         2 cups white granulated sugar
•         1 cup light corn syrup
•         1/3  teaspoon salt
•         ½  cup water
•         1 ½ – 2  cups Cashews
•         1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
•         4 tablespoons butter, softened
•         2 teaspoon baking soda

Method

 •    Grease a large cookie sheet. Set aside.
•    In a heavy 2 quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring to a boil sugar, corn syrup, salt, spices and water.
•     Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peanuts.
•     Set candy thermometer in place, and continue cooking.
•    Stir frequently until temperature reaches 300 degrees F.
•     Remove from heat; immediately stir in butter and baking soda
•    Pour immediately  onto greased cookie sheet.
•     Lift and pull peanut mixture into rectangle about 14×12 inches; cool.
•     Break the brittle  into pieces once it has cooled.

* If you do not have a candy thermometer, you drop a  small amount of mixture into very cold water. It is ready when it separates into hard and brittle threads.

White Chocolate Rum & Eggnog Truffles

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Ingredients

 8 oz good quality White Chocolate

•     1/4  cup  butter, softened
•     1/4  cup  eggnog
•     2  tablespoons  dark rum (Captain Morgans Spiced Rum is nice too)
•    1/4  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
•    1/2  cup  powdered sugar

Method

•    Heat white chocolate in a double boiler until completely melted
•    Add butter, and eggnog and  stir gently until mixture is smooth.
•    Add rum and nutmeg, stirring just until blended.
•    Cover and chill for  2-3 hours.
•    Remove mixture from fridge and, using a melon-baller or two tea spoons, scoop into aprox. 1″ balls
•    Roll in Powdered Sugar immediately and freeze until completely firm

Hard Cinnamon Candy

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Ingredients

•          3 3/4 cup sugar
•         1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
•         1 cup water
•         Cinnamon flavoring
•         Red Food Coloring

Method

•    Mix the first 3 ingredients in a large saucepan.
•    Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves, and mixture begins to boil
•    Boil, * WITHOUT STIRRING until temperature reaches 310*, then remove from heat.
•    After mixture stops boiling, stir in flavoring and coloring.
•    Pour onto a lightly greased candy molds.
•    Let cool and remove from molds.
•    Store in airtight containers

* Stirring the mixture while it is melting can result in a cloudy candy.

Note. If you do not have candy molds, pour the prepared hot mixture onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and spread out evenly. While still warm, score into squares with a knife. When it is cooled, candy can be broken at score marks.


12 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. # 1 by Glynis Smy
    November 5th, 2008 at 10:20 am #

    When I can’t get into the wedding outfits lanne, you know and I have told you before,it will be your fault! Your recipes are always so good and these are just the best!!

  2. # 2 by Louie Jerome
    November 5th, 2008 at 3:48 pm #

    Sounds delicious. I rather fancy the truffles.

  3. # 3 by Josey
    November 5th, 2008 at 4:01 pm #

    I am doing this this year. I can’t afford to get everyone gifts and this is much more impressive anyway. thanks!

  4. # 4 by Joie Schmidt
    November 5th, 2008 at 4:05 pm #

    Oh cool! I love cinnamin candy!

    Blessings.

    Sincerely,

    -Liane Schmidt.

  5. # 5 by Ruby Hawk
    November 5th, 2008 at 6:25 pm #

    These recipes look so yummy. I will print them and try these for Xmas. (or before) Thanks a bunch. Ruby

  6. # 6 by Unofre Pili
    November 5th, 2008 at 7:07 pm #

    Would love to try this.Thank you maam.

  7. # 7 by lanne
    November 5th, 2008 at 10:43 pm #

    Thank you all for your comments. I do NOT even eat sweets of any kind, but I loved making these. I am sure you will enjoy them(I did taste a little)
    If you have any questions: you know where to find me :)

  8. # 8 by Melody SJAL
    November 5th, 2008 at 11:39 pm #

    Will try to prepare any of these delectable candies, thanks. God bless.

  9. # 9 by jhenz
    November 6th, 2008 at 12:18 am #

    wow… this is really mouth-watering! i like spicy cashew brittle the best. :) thank you for this.

  10. # 10 by Judy Sheldon
    November 6th, 2008 at 5:06 pm #

    Lanne, you are so generous – three delectable delights for one! Thanks. With all the grands I have I can use some help with Christmas.

  11. # 11 by christylynn
    November 7th, 2008 at 8:55 am #

    I love this time of year it’s always been a family tradition the whole family in the kitchen making candy and we each have our own favorite. I make the cinamon cand and I always use different flavorings with it. I’ve been looking for a recipe for peanut britle thank you. Happy Holidays

  12. # 12 by poo
    November 16th, 2008 at 11:07 am #

    I would love to try, these sounds nice :)

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