Make Your Own Christmas Candy on Christmas Eve
Edible Christmas crafts are sometimes the best kind, and we’ve shared recipes with you in the past. Today, let me share two “recipes” with you one for Christmas candy and one for Christmas party crackers. One is edible, the other is not. Don’t worry, these recipes are super easy, so you can still fit them into you busy schedule even if Christmas is tomorrow.
Sweets for the Sweet
First, let me share with you a recipe I love to make throughout the year but especially at Christmastime. I love sweets: cakes, cookies, candy, you name it. Christmas candy is not as hard to make as it sounds. With the following recipe, you can end up with tasty homemade Christmas candy that is sure to impress all your friends and family. Trust me, you will be so impressed with this recipe that you will want to give a box of this candy as a Christmas gift. So what’s the mystery candy you ask? Peanut butter cups!
Yummy, Yummy Peanut Buttery…
Peanut butter cups are a tasty indulgence, and homemade ones are a real treat at Christmas. To begin, you will need peanut butter, margarine, vanilla, and confectioner’s sugar, and chocolate chips. Mix 1/3 to 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter with about two tablespoons of margarine. Add ¼ teaspoon vanilla and one cup of confectioner’s sugar. Mix these ingredients until they are all well blended and you don’t see any more white from the confectioner’s sugar. Melt six ounces of chocolate chips in a double boiler or a stainless steel bowl set over a pot of boiling water. Keep the stove heat on low so your chocolate does not burn.
Take your candy molds and line then with candy wrappers. (You can buy candy molds for less than $2 at craft stores such as A.C. Moore.) I use wrappers with a Christmas design on at this time of year. Line each candy mold lightly with chocolate until covered then let them cool. Press one teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture into the mold and then add more chocolate to cover the peanut butter. Tap the mold on your table so that the chocolate is evenly distributed. Place the mold in your refrigerator until the candy is chilled. When they are ready, remove them from the refrigerator and place on a serving tray for your guests to enjoy. You can use white chocolate chips to create white chocolate peanut butter cups which is a fun variation of this old favorite.
Now, after you’ve filled up on peanut butter cups, why not try making Christmas party crackers? They can serve as a favor for your Christmas dinner guests. Christmas party crackers are a British tradition, and they are surprisingly easy to make.
To make Christmas party crackers, take an old paper towel roll and cut it in half or thirds. Place small favors such as erasers, tiny toys, stickers, or even hard candy inside. Roll the filled paper towel roll in Christmas wrapping paper allowing extra paper at both ends. Twist the excess wrapping paper at each end and tie with pretty ribbon. Voila, you have Christmas party crackers for all your guests, young and old alike.