I don’t know about you, but I totally love sweets. It is an issue sometimes. LOL! But the holidays are a great excuse to pull out that sugar and make something fabulous. So, in celebration of Sweetest Day, I pulled together 10 unique candy recipes. Bet you find one you like!
Legend has it that Sweetest Day was established in the early 1900’s by Herbert Birch Kingston, a Cleveland, Ohio, candy company employee who wanted to bring happiness to the lives of those who often were forgotten. Kingston and others distributed candy and small gifts to orphans, people confined to their homes and others to show them that someone cared.
Perpetuated by the candy and card companies, this holiday is mainly celebrated in the Great Lakes region of the US where it originated. But I do have to admit that any excuse to make candy is a good one!
So lets look at some unique candy recipes, perfect for holiday giving!
Candy Corn Marshmallow People from Knead to Cook
Did you know? Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween. This includes 90 million pounds of chocolate, making Halloween week the most popular week of the year to buy candy. Easter comes in second place with 65 million pounds, followed by Valentines Day with just 48 million pounds.
DIY Marshmallow Ribbon Candy from Bubble and Sweet
The top selling candy, believe it or not, is Candy Corn! This is followed by Snickers, Reece’s, Kit Kat and M&M’s.
White Chocolate Rocky Road Candy from G-Free Foodie
Did you know? Reece’s Pieces owes their fame to the movie E.T. After the movie was released, Reese’s Pieces sales went up over 65%! Which had to be a kick in the butt to M&M’s, who were originally offered the role, but turned it down!
Vanilla Cream Fondant Caramel Spirals from Sugar Baby
Love Tootsie Pops? Two different universities created machines to see how many licks it took to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. One took 411, the other 364. I guess the world may never know!
Halloween Truffles from Land O’ Lakes
During the making of the movie, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the director wanted to ensure that the kids reactions to the candy forest were as realistic as possible. Did you know the entire candy forest set was completely edible? It was a real chocolate river and the forest was all candy! The director did not allow them see the set until they filmed, in order to capture truly amazed expressions.
Misty Minty Peppermint Patties from Sweetapolita
Hard Candy from Midwest Living
Neapolitan Coconut Candy from Suzys Artsy Craftsy Sitcom
Gelatin Pinwheels from Joy of Jello
Gum Drop Fudge from Val So Cal
See anything that would make a great gift? I know I did. Consider giving homemade candy over the holidays! I’m betting it will be a big hit!
Oh, and Happy Sweetest Day!
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