Christmas Candy Recipes



Is your sweet tooth even sweeter at Christmas? You may find these Christmas candy recipes to be just the cure!

Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients:

1/3 cup - Heavy Cream

4 ounces - Bittersweet Chocolate (finely chopped)

½ cup - Cocoa Powder

Method:

Heat the cream almost to a boil. Put the chopped chocolate in a medium bowl. Pour the hot cream over it. Whisk gently until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.

Allow to cool and harden. When ganache is solid enough to manipulate, scoop into 1" balls and roll in cocoa.

Makes about 24 truffles.

Cranberry Fudge

Ingredients:

2 cups - Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

¼ cup - Light Corn Syrup

½ cup - Powdered Sugar

¼ cup - Evaporated Milk

1 tsp - Vanilla

1 - 6-Ounce Package of Sweetened Dried Cranberries

1/3 cup - Chopped Pecans

Method:

Line the bottom and sides of 8x8-inch pan with plastic wrap. Set aside.

Combine chocolate chips and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Cook over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.

Add powdered sugar, evaporated milk and vanilla; stir vigorously until the mixture is thick and glossy. Add sweetened dried cranberries and nuts and mix well. Pour into prepared pan.

Cover and chill until firm for about 8 hours. Cut into 1 1/2 inch squares. Store covered in refrigerator.

Serve at room temperature.

Makes about 25 pieces.

Turkish Delight

Ingredients:

3 cups - Granulated Sugar

1 ½ cups - Water

3 tbsp - White Corn Syrup

3 envelopes - Unflavored Gelatin

Juice of 1 Lemon

¾ cup - Cornstarch

1 tbsp - Rose Water Or Vanilla

¾ cup - Pistachio Nuts (coarsely chopped) Powdered Sugar

Red Or Green Food Coloring

Method:

Combine granulated sugar with water and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan. Boil until it reaches 240 oF on a candy thermometer. Keep hot.

In a small bowl, soften the gelatin in the lemon juice. Set aside.

In another small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in 1/2 cup of cold water. Pour it into the hot syrup. Stir gently and simmer slowly until very thick. Remove from heat.

Add gelatin and lemon juice and stir until gelatin dissolves. Stir in rose water or vanilla, nuts and 2 to 3 drops food coloring if desired.

Sprinkle a generous layer of powdered sugar in an 8-inch square pan. Pour in mixture and let set in a cool dry place until set. Sprinkle with another layer of powdered sugar and cut into 1-inch squares. Dredge each square in powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container.

This is one of my favorite Christmas candy recipes. It is a traditional Armenian and Turkish Christmas treat. However, it is left white in Armenia, while in Turkey it is usually colored using food coloring and is known as 'Lookoom'.


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