3 Essential Candy Stocking-Stuffers

Thanksgiving is over, which means it’s time to start preparing for Christmas! Last week, we talked about the origin of the candy cane. This traditional holiday treat can be found all over the world, at this time. Yet, candy canes aren’t the only popular Christmas candy. Consider the following stocking-stuffers, next time you’re out holiday shopping.

1.Peppermint Bark

This delicious chocolate confection is the perfect holiday treat. It generally consists of peppermint candy pieces embedded in white chocolate, on top of a dark chocolate bark.

2. Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle is a confection that consists of hard sugar candy pieces filled with peanuts. There are many variations of this delicious confectionary around the world. You can find brittle year-round, but it surges in popularity during the holidays.

3.Toffee

Toffee is made by caramelizing sugar along with butter and sometimes flour. The consistency of the candy can range from soft and chewy to hard and brittle. In the US, “English toffee” is a particularly popular variant. English toffee is very buttery and is often made with almonds.

These treats, store-bought or home-made, are bound to brighten anyone’s Christmas. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of making them yourself, make sure to check out our online store.

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The Origin Of The Candy Cane?

The holiday season is a busy time for us, here at Quality Candy. No candy embodies the Christmas spirit more than the candy cane.

King Leo first introduced our famous peppermint sticks back in 1901 but do you know the origin of this iconic holiday treat? Odds are you most likely don’t, as the invention of the candy cane is a much debated topic.

A lack of historical evidence makes it difficult to pinpoint the exact origin. There have been many claims of the invention of the candy cane with the oldest dating back to 1670. According to folklore, the candy cane can be traced back to 17th century Germany. The choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral sought to keep the choir children quiet during the Christmas Eve nativity scene.

The choirmaster asked a local candy maker to make sweet sticks to keep the children entertained during the nativity scene. To justify giving the children candy during the religious services, the choirmaster asked the candy maker to make a hook at the end of each stick, symbolizing the canes of the shepherds that visited infant Jesus.

Others claim that the candy cane was a much more recent invention and can be traced back to 20th century Indiana. According to the myth, a candy maker wanted to create a Christmas candy that would symbolize the life and death of Jesus Christ.

The white of the candy cane symbolized sinlessness. The red represented the scourging Jesus received by which Christians believe they are healed.

The crook at the end of the stick was meant to represent the letter “J,” the beginning letter of Jesus’s name.

Over time, the candy cane has shed its religious symbolism and has become a treat that both adults and kids enjoy. 1.7 billion candy canes are produced every single year and can be found all over the world during the holiday season.

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3 Delicious Holiday Candy Recipes

When you’re in the mood for delicious candy, Quality Candy is the place to go. However, we understand that, some days, nothing beats homemade candy. We scoured the depths of the internet and discovered some of the most delectable candy recipes available. Here are three of my personal favorites. Give them a try and impress your friends and family this upcoming month.

 

1.Butterscotch Squares are chewy, bite-sized pieces of butterscotch dipped in chocolate. Need I say more?
What you’ll need:chocolate-covered-butterscotch

•2 cups brown sugar
•3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
•6 tablespoons butter
•1/2 teaspoon vanilla
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1 cup powdered sugar
•16 ounces melting chocolate
•Candy thermometer

 

Start by lining a pan with foil and spraying it with cooking oil. Place the sugar, cream and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir the mixture until completely melted and bring it to a rolling boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and place a candy thermometer in the mix. Let it simmer for around 7-8 minutes, occasionally stirring it. When the mixture reaches 236 degrees, turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Use a whisk to mix in the powdered sugar and pour the entire mixture into the pan you prepared early. Give it a couple of hours to cool down and set at room temperature. Once cool, use a knife to carefully cut the butterscotch into bite-sized squares. Dip each square into melted chocolate and place them on cookie sheet. You need to cool the chocolate to make it harden. Pop the sheet in fridge and you’re done!

 

2. Melted Snowman Bark is melted white chocolate covered in your favorite treats. If you find yourself scrambling for time during the holiday season, this quick and easy recipe is perfect for you.melted-snowman-bark
What you’ll need:

•6-7 mini peanut butter cups, halved
•10 pretzel sticks, broken in half
•2 Tbsp chocolate chips
•3 Tbsp red and green M&M candies
•1 bag white chocolate chips

 

Start by cutting the pretzel sticks and peanut butter cups in half. Use your microwave or double-boiler to melt the white chocolate and place the melted chocolate on a pan lined with wax paper. Add the toppings to the white chocolate and allow it set. Remember to work quickly and add all the ingredients before the chocolate sets.

 

3.White Chocolate Covered Peppermint Pretzels are the perfect Christmas treat on the go. This is another one of those incredibly simple but delicious recipes.
 chocolate-covered-pretzels
What you’ll need:
•Pretzel Rods (or regular pretzels)
•Vanilla Candy coating
•Crushed Candy Canes
Begin by crushing some candy canes and placing the crushed bits in a bowl. Break up the vanilla candy coating and place in a pot on low heat. Stir the candy coating until it is completely melted. Once melted, pour into a tall glass and dip the pretzel rods into the coating. Place the rods on parchment paper and sprinkle them with the crushed canes. Let the coating set and you’re done!

 

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