Making old-fashioned holiday treats is pure nostalgia. Homemade fudge, caramels, brittle, candied orange peel, chocolate bark and even Sugar Plums are wonderful gifts from your kitchen. Whether you give them as presents or enjoy them with your loved ones, these vintage treats are Christmas classics and will add some old-fashioned fun to your holidays.
(Adapted from Taste of Home)
This traditional, no-bake festive treat is made from dried fruit, nuts and plenty of warm spices. Roll in crunchy sanding sugar for a sweet holiday treat fit for a party or cookie tin. Or enjoy them with your family on Christmas Eve while reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas’.
1 package (15 ounces) raisins*
2 cups pitted dried plums (prunes)*
2 TBSP honey
1/2 tsp. of each: cinnamon, ground fennel, vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. of each: cardamon, nutmeg
pinch of salt
1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
In a food processor, combine the raisins, plums, mixed fruit and pecans. Cover and process until chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the honey, cinnamon, fennel, vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg and salt and pulse until evenly combined. The mixture should just start to come together into a ball.
Roll into 1-in. balls, then roll in sugar. Place on waxed paper and let stand at room temperature for 4 hours. Store in an airtight container. Roll in additional sugar before serving if desired.
(NOTE: 3-4 cups of dried mixed fruit can be used in place of the raisons and dried plums)*