Out of all the Christmas traditions I have experienced over my lifetime, my favorite, and the one that holds the most meaning for me, is making Christmas candy. This tradition in our family goes back even farther than me. My mom and grandma would get together to do Christmas candy when I was little, and even before. It is something that brought generations together.
When I was around ten, I would spend hours at my grandma’s house on Saturdays just to make candy. We made everything, caramels, fudge, divinity, peanut clusters, and so much more. I learned a lot about chocolate and candy, but it was more important that I was spending time with my grandma.
She would invite a family friend over to help. Jo was our taste-tester. She had to make sure everything was perfect. This was my favorite part of the holiday. We would laugh, sing Christmas songs, and make more candy than anyone could eat in two lifetimes. It was magical.
These are the tradition that I want to pass on to my kids. I want them to know that it is important to spend time with people you love. I miss spending time with my grandma. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s several years ago, and it is not the same when I go and see her. It hard. I have all these memories of our time together and she does not remember any of it.
I want to make sure that my kids have wonderful memories like this with their grandparents. It is important to be able to remember them in the future when they are no longer around.
Christmas it a time to honor those traditions and memories. One way I continue to honor my grandmother is by making candy and cookies with my kids. I want them to be able to carry on the tradition with their kids after I’m gone.
To finish off this post, I wanted to share one of my favorite candy recipes with everyone. I promise it won’t be anything complicated, but it is something that you can share with your children and maybe start a tradition of your own.
1 bag Kraft Caramels (unwrapped)
1 package of chocolate wafer (melting chocolate)
1 (16oz) package of pecan halves
Heat oven to 300 degrees. On a parchment lined cookie sheet place caramels so they are spread out and not touching. Place one pecan half on top of each caramel. Put into the oven for 5-10 minutes or until soft, but not melted. Push pecan into the warm caramel and allow to cool. Place the cooled caramels/pecans into the freezer.
In a microwave proof bowl (I like to use glass), place about half the bag of chocolate wafers and microwave on half power for 1 minute. Stir the chocolate and repeat the process until the chocolate is melted. Make sure you stir after each time in the microwave. You can decrease or increase the time as needed to make sure the chocolate does not burn.
Remove the caramels/pecans from the freezer and dip into the melted chocolate. Coat completely and place on wax paper until dry. You can speed up the drying process by placing them in the refrigerator. Store in a plastic container in a cool, dry place.
I hope you create some magical memories with this recipe. Even if it is a disaster, make sure it is a fun disaster. Share you favorite holiday traditions in the comments below. I love to here how everyone else celebrates this time of year.