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In memory of Mother: Sugar plums dancing in our heads

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It’s that time of year again! A time when children are so excited! It’s a time when Santa pays a visit to all good boys and girls. Of course, children may ponder how is that possible, but then they believe in magic and so ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, if you believe!

Mother would tie one of Father’s old socks to our bed frame the night before Christmas. We knew Santa had come, if the stocking had stuff in it. So, when do sugar plums fit into this scenario? Well, from reading the classic, “Twas the Night before Christmas.” As a child, I thought it was just an expression, some kind of magic. Now, I know it’s not. A sugar plum is something you eat.

In the heyday of desserts, “sugar plum” was a term commonly used to describe a comfit. Comfits are small items, such as seeds, nuts and spices, used as a base around which a sugary candy is made. Today, almonds are the most popular bases used for comfits. In the 17th and 18th centuries, sugar plums are often referred to as “large comfits.” The Encyclopedia of Practical Cookery, published in 1890, references French Sugar Plums, or comfits that are started with a piece of cinnamon.

Be sure to check out the quick and simple recipe for making sugar plums using Jell-O.



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