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Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Candy Favorites

What is it about Christmas that we just "have" to have what we grew up loving?  Things that take us back to our childhood.   The strawberry candies out of the Hickory Farms box.  The old fashioned hard candy, (I bought 2 cans), the bowls of mixed nuts sitting on a coffee table, (our dog will steal them), and of course, candy canes. Ahh... feeding the sugar habit!!  LOL!!

Mom always made the Fantasy Fudge recipe off the back of the jar of Kraft Marshmallow Creme. (You can find the REAL, Original recipe HERE.  She also made sugar cookies cut out into shapes.  Gingerbread men.  She bought us eggnog, and served it with nutmeg sprinkled on top..   And we had boxes of ribbon candy.  Yum!

Mark and I were out today, looking at candy canes. WHY do they have these weird flavors?  Can't we just get the old fashioned candy canes?  I know they had more flavors than just peppermint.  We have, in the past, seen buttered rum candy canes, and pina colada candy canes.  But darned if we can find them now.  I do NOT want "bubble gum" or "watermelon" flavored candy canes.  That's just.... wrong sounding.  Ewww.   I see that Cinnabon has candy canes out.  Mmmm.  I will be on the lookout for those. :)

So today I end up going to literally six different stores for candy canes.  I did not want "Spree" or "NowRLater" candy canes.  Or "Sour Heads" or any other (in my humble opinion), abomination of candy cane flavors.   My shopping goal?  To find "decent" candy canes, and a couple boxes of Ribbon Candy.  

At Dollar General, we found the Ribbon Candy.   If you've never had it, you are missing out. :)

We did manage to find candy canes.  Traditional, and then a few neat flavors that did NOT include watermelon or bubblegum or (gag) sour heads.  Bleh.

The Disney ones have cherry, strawberry, orange and grape.  So those sounded safe enough. :)   Bob's Original peppermint candy canes are a MUST.    Also got Bob's Cherry Rainbow.  C'mon.  Cherry Rainbow?!?!  How can THAT be bad?  Mark got me the blueberry candy canes.  I love those darn things. :)  And lastly, I got the Shrek candy canes.  Okay, I know.  It's Shrek.   But here's the thing... they used Dum Dum lollipop flavors.  Enchanted Cherry, Royal Grape, and "Sour Slime".  I am fairly sure I won't like the Sour Slime.  LOL  I've checked out the canes in that box, and they appear to be each of those flavors sort of swirled into each cane... I figure we'd give them a shot.  Enchanted Cherry has a lovely sound to it. LOL   It's a good thing they don't make Hobbit Candy Canes... I would be "all over that".  :)  (I am a HUGE hobbit fan)  :)  Now shhhh don't tell anyone... I'll deny it. ;)  LOL


  1. Ugh I'm with you on the weird candy cane flavors-just peppermint for me please! If you have a Cracker Barrel near you, they tend to sell lots of fun old-fashioned candy.

    PS thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. Definitely bookmarking yours!

  2. Hi Susan,
    Wow! All those flavours of candy canes. I'm pretty sure we only get two or three flavours, at least that's all I've seen. We don't actually buy candy canes (we prefer other treats), but here's my candy cane memories -One year we decorated the tree with them and the ants really loved them! And I remember all the sticky little girl hair after our little ones enjoyed sucking on a cane!

    I can't remember any particular Christmas treats from my childhood apart from the huge tin of chocolates my parents always bought. That's not quite true - my mother always made her own fruit Christmas cake and decorated it with proper royal icing complete with marzipan. She made the top of the cake look like snow and popped a red old fashioned mailbox, a robin and a snowman on top!

    We've made gingerbread men and next we are going to make mince pies.

    God bless!

  3. Delicious ... and I love gingerbread men and mince pies too.

    God bless.

  4. Crunchy Con Mommy~ Thank you for stopping by and commenting! :) Thanks for the tip. I will have to go check out Cracker Barrel. I love it the rest of the year.. I don't know why I didn't think of looking for Christmas goodies! :)

    Sue, your moms cake sounds lovely. My grandpop, (God rest his soul), made the Christmas cake in our family. I miss him, and this time of year I am remembering his cake too, and all the time he put into it. I'm going to make gingerbread men, but have not yet. I have peanut butter cookies in the oven now.

    Victor, thank you for stopping by and commenting. :) I have never had mince in my life! I will have to try it sometime! :)

    God Bless, Friends! :)