Christmas Candy

For all you creative kitchen divas out there, I bring you a challenge worthy of your prowess. You cupcake masters who can mold anything out of fondant, you cake decorators, you mom’s of children who have honed your sculpting skills with hours of play-doh games, this one is for you!

Yesterday was Christmas baking day. But instead of the annual cookie-baking fest, I took a turn toward Candy Land with peppermint bark and these little beauties! Alexis, from Paper Wings, joined me and we spent the evening crafting these fun little candies in various Christmas shapes. The possibilities are endless and I’m sure someone out there will be a much better sculptor than I and will come up with something amazing. I, myself, was very proud of these little creations as I am a much better photographer than sculptor. HaHa!

The recipe is the same as last year’s candy corn recipe and the fun thing about the recipe is that you can really use it for any holiday depending on the shapes you create. We made trees, wreaths, gifts, holly bunches, stars of david, multiple colored candy canes, and then candy corns in Christmas colors and little rectangle tape strips. You can make whatever shapes you can dream up! We joked about making a life size menorah but I didn’t have 7 candles in the house so that didn’t work out. 😉

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup (preferably organic, avoid high fructose corn syrup)
5 tablespoons Earth Balance
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup powdered soy milk
a pinch of kosher salt
Food colorings of your choice

1. In a large saucepan, bring the sugar, corn syrup, Earth Balance, & vanilla to a boil over high heat.
2. Reduce the heat to medium-high & boil the mixture for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. After 5 minutes, remove from heat.
4. Sift the powdered sugar, powdered soy milk (I used flour since I couldn’t find the powdered milk), & salt into medium bowl.
5. Add the powdered sugar mixture to pan & stir to combine.
6. Let the mixture stand until slightly warm to touch, about 20 minutes.
7. Divide the dough into sections
8. Consider putting on rubber gloves, so you don’t stain your hands. Add several drops of yellow food coloring to one piece of dough & knead food coloring into the dough until smooth and color is even. (Leave some dough plain for white)

For trees and corn:
1. Using green colored dough, separate three equal-sized chunks.
2. Roll each piece into ropes of equal length (don’t roll too thin or the dough will break), flatten each roll a bit so it’s not perfectly round, and push the three ropes together to form a long rectangle. Overlapping each rope a bit over the one before.
3. Using a sharp knife, cut triangles out of each strip by alternating vertical cuts.
4. Using a small bit of yellow dough, roll tiny circles as tree toppers and place on the top of each tree

For candy canes:
1. Use one chunk of red and one chuck of plain (white) dough.
2. Roll a small chunk of red into a long, thin rope. (As long and thin as you can get it without breaking.) Repeat with white.
3. Twist the two ropes around each other and push ends together to seal.
4. Cut small strips and then curve one side down to form the cane.

For wreaths:
1. Roll yellow dough into two thing ropes.
2. Twist the two ropes around each other.
3. Cut small sections and curl them into circles, sealing the ends
4. Using small bits of red and green dough, form little triangle leaves and little red berries and press onto wreaths.

For gifts:
1. Form little cubes out of the dough using the table to make sure each side of the cube is even and flat
2. Roll very, very thin ropes out of another color dough.
3. Using the thin rope, “wrap” the gift leaving the tops loose like a bow.

For rectangle tape candies:
1. Use as many colors as you’d like
2. Roll each color into a long rope
3. Push the ropes up against each other and flatten a bit so they are not completely round and will hold together.
4. Cut evenly into little rectangles

In this photo you can see the various colored “corns” I made as well as the rectangle pieces. Make the majority of your candy in these shapes as it gets very tedious to craft intricate shapes out of all this dough. It makes a lot!

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