Small Batch Sugar Plum recipe - this festive treat is made with an assortment of dried fruits and nuts, chocolate chips, honey, and spices. These delightful little bites are so easy to make and are perfect to enjoy anytime of the year.
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Inspired by the holiday ballet, The Nutcracker we are sharing our wonderful Sugarplum recipe. Sugarplums are a classic holiday candy that can be enjoyed any time of the year.
My youngest daughter studied ballet for over ten years. Every year, her ballet school would put on a beautiful production of The Nutcracker Ballet. The youngest students at the school started out dancing the parts of the gingerbread. As the students got older, they moved up to dancing as the mice, the soldiers, and eventually they might be picked to play the coveted role of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The Nutcracker Ballet is a tradition in our family and although my daughter doesn't dance anymore, this time of the year brings back those wonderful memories.
What Is A Sugar Plum?
You might be familiar with Sugar Plums from the classic story, "Twas The Night Before Christmas" which so many of us grew up hearing and reading. In the story,
"The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads..."
So, what exactly is a sugar plum? Why is it dancing? And is sugar plum one word or two?
I learned a lot while researching sugarplums and discovered that they go back to perhaps the 1600's. The definition of a sugarplum is has evolved slightly through the years and various food historians may dispute the findings, but here is what I learned:
- Many years ago people discovered that they could preserve fruits with sugar. It is thought that a sugarplum was literally that - a sugared plum.
- By around the 16th century, candies made from fruits, especially dried fruits, and nuts were called sugarplums. In fact, this definition inspired this particular sugar plums recipe.
In my research, I found so much information. If you're interested in learning more, you can read about the history of sugarplums in this interesting article from Time.
As for sugarplums being one or two words? It appears that it can be both and I haven't been able to find a definitive answer on the topic.
- dried figs
- dried apricots
- dried dates
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ground cinnamon
- ground cardamom
- ground allspice
- powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)- for rolling
- granulated sugar and food coloring - for decoration
You can find the Sugar Plums recipe on the Imperial Sugar website.
This small batch sugar plum recipe will yield approximately 10-12 sugar plums depending on how large you roll the balls.
I used a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop for this recipe and was able to make 12 sugar plums.
This post was created in partnership with Imperial Sugar and while I have received compensation for my partnership, all the opinions and thoughts are completely my own.
Other Christmas Recipes You Might Enjoy
If you like these holiday themed sugar plums, you might also like to try these festive single serving and small batch recipes:
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