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Retro Christmas Candy : Holiday Candy to Make or Buy
Retro Hard Candy
Your Retro Christmas Candy Store
Are you shopping for retro candy for Christmas celebrations or for the winter holidays? You'll find some suggestions on this page that may appeal to you.
Do you have special memories of Christmas candy when you were a child? I certainly do.
Every December, my father would drive me to a tiny village about fifteen miles from where we lived,. This village was known for a little grocery store that sold hard Christmas candy from bulk bins. My mother refused to touch the candy, saying that the bulk bins had mouse droppings in them. I don't know if that was true or not. If it was true, it didn't seem to do me any harm! LOL
The candy, as I recall, was not particularly delicious, but it was very, very pretty and colorful. The trip with my dad and the purchase of the candy became a valued ritual that I still remember with nostalgia.
Thinking back, I believe it was the ribbon candy that is made by boiling syrup to a hard ball stage and adding color and flavorings. I may be wrong.
One pound of great, hard candy.
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Retro candy is so cool. For many of us, it brings back memories of childhood holidays, complete with snowmen, trees with an angel on the top and such wonderful food!
I believe this candy shown to the right is the equivalent of the hard candy that brings back such nostalgic memories from my youth.
What's Your View on Retro Candy
Why do you like Retro Candy for the Holidays?
Shop eBay for Retro Christmas Candy Items
You never know what will show up on eBay. It could be an apron, a candy dish, a rubber stamp, or almost anything else featuring old fashioned holiday candy.
If you search, you may also find hard candy that suits special diets. Perhaps artificially sweetened, as per diabetic diets or for those who are counting calories, or gluten free for those who are watching their gluten intake. It goes without saying that retro candy is vegetarian and in many cases, is also vegan.
Make Your Own Retro Candy for the Holidays
You can make your own hard candy that closely resembles the hard Christmas candy of my youth. You will need a candy thermometer, OR the ability to test for the hard ball stage when boiling the sugar and water syrup together.
- Prep time: 5 min
- Cook time: 10 min
- Ready in: 15 min
- Yields: several
- 3 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cinnamon oil or peppermint oil
- 1 teaspoon red or green food coloring
- Oil a cookie sheet and set aside.
- Using a large saucepan, mix together the sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring this to a boil and continue boiling until the mixture reaches the hard crack stage, which is 300 degrees Fahrenheit. If you know how to test for this yourself, do so,l but if not, you will want to use a candy thermometer. The candy will not harden unless the mixture boils to the correct temperature.
- When your mixture is at the hard crack stage, remove it from the stove. Stir in the peppermint or cinnamon oil and the food coloring.
- Promptly pour this onto the prepared cookie sheet. Allow it to cool and then break it into pieces.
- Store your retro candy in an airtight container.
- Tip: Alternatively, instead of using a cookie sheet, you could use candy molds or sucker molds to shape your candy.
How to Give Christmas Candy as Gifts
This woman in the video has some wonderful ideas for creating eyecatching gifts of Christmas or holiday candy. Edible food gifts are always welcomed.