Home made Christmas presents risk looking a bit naff or stingy, but done well are appreciated as really charming and personal gifts. The key lies in presentation. If you are considering making a batch of sweets to give as gifts, buy glass sweet jars to hold them, label them beautifully and decorate prettily and no-one will turn their nose up. Wares of Knutsford sells a wide range of plastic and glass sweet jars UK wide and internationally.
Glass sweet jars UK recipes
Across the pond neighbours love to present each other with baskets of muffins or other sweet treats on special occasions. This year seek out some traditional sweet recipes to present to your friends and family.
To make 60 sweets:
- 400g caster sugar
- 200g soft dark brown sugar
- 350g golden syrup
- 250ml evaporated milk
- 475ml whipping cream
- 250g butter
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
You will also need a sugar thermometer.
Grease and line a 30x40cm baking tin or other square container. Add the sugars, syrup, evaporated milk, cream ad butter to a large, heavy based saucepan. Heat gently, stirring regularly, until the mixture reaches 120ºC. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the toffee into the prepared tin and allow to cool completely.
Once cool, cut into small pieces and wrap individually in sweet wrappers or greaseproof paper.
If dealing with sugar thermometers sounds daunting, nothing could be simpler or more traditional than peppermint creams at Christmas – and they’re so pretty! Buy glass sweet jars to display a range of colours.
To make 35 sweets:
- 1 egg white
- 340g icing sugar
- A few drops of good quality peppermint extract
- A selection of food colourings – green and pink are traditional favourites
Cover a baking tray with a sheet of greaseproof paper. Whisk the egg white in a very clean bow until it reaches peaks – it should be frothy and have some body but not be too stiff.
Sift in the icing sugar and fold gently into the egg whites. The mixture should stiffen up. Add the peppermint flavouring, kneading in with your hands. Separate the mixture into as many lumps as you want different colours and put each in a clean bowl. Very carefully add a drop or two of food colouring to each bowl and knead in, adding more colouring if you want a more intense hue.
Roll the dough into small balls, place each on the baking sheet and flatten into discs with a fork. Leave to set in the fridge for 24 hours.