Some people prefer hard candy Christmas treats instead of chocolate candy. Hard to believe, I know, but it's true!
If you're one of 'those' people, there's a great selection of hard Christmas candy on Amazon.
I'm teasing, of course, about 'those people' as I'm one of them, too.
I have fond memories of my great aunt having crystal candy dishes on her end tables piled high with old fashioned Christmas candy. There were starlight mints, ribbon candy, and those funny little hard candies with the pictures in the center.
I could never figure out how they got the design in the middle. Fascinating stuff for my young mind!
One of my dad's favorites were the raspberry candies with the filling in the middle. I still love those, too. You'll find all of those sweet treats from bygone days, and more on Amazon.
Want to make your own hard candy Christmas treats? Great!
Below are a couple of adorable and simple recipes that
you can use to make beautiful hard Christmas candies in just a matter
of minutes by starting with popular candy that you can buy at your local shops.
For this first recipe, you can really use almost any type of hard candy that you can purchase locally. Jolly Ranchers are an excellent choice. They have vivid colors and really strong flavors, so they work great.
I like to call this "Stained Glass Candy" because that's exactly what it looks like to me when it's all finished. Your kids would probably really enjoy making this.
If they are fairly young, you need to supervise carefully because of the hot oven, but otherwise, they can do most of the 'work.'
What you'll need to make stained glass candy:
Isn't that lovely? The simplicity and fun of this recipe makes it one of my favorite hard candy Christmas making activities.
What you'll need to make life saver wreaths:
I know these hard candy Christmas recipes aren't truly homemade, but they are perfect to make with the kids. I'll bet they'll always remember having a part in making Christmas special.
If you really do want to 'do it yourself' and make your candy completely from scratch, I'll be adding some homemade hard candy Christmas recipes, too. You can cook to your hearts content. Have fun! I want to see what you've made, so come back and add your photos and recipes.
Do you have any tried and true homemade Christmas recipes? I'd love to give them a try! From one sweet tooth to another, "Hand 'em over!"
Maybe you'd just like to tell us about an amazingly delicious treat you tasted and never forgot, or a clever gift idea or Christmas activity. I'm all ears. Do tell...