What is a Sugar Plum?
You have probably heard ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas several hundred times, but if you are like me, you may not have stopped to find out just what a sugar plum is after hearing the sugar plum verse:
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
I always assumed that sugar plums referred to sugared and baked plums. Even the sugar plum fairy from The Nutcracker didn’t give me a clue as to what to expect from sugar plums.
Only after I created my sugar plum recipe did I discover the truth about sugar plums – traditional sugar plums have nothing at all to do with plums! For the full story, I highly encourage you to read an article in The Atlantic entitled Sugar Plums: They Are Not What You Think They Are by Samira Kawash, author of Candy Professor.
I was saddened to discover that my sugar plums are not quite authentic. However, Kawash’s article in The Atlantic states that “plum doesn’t just mean fruit; it can mean all manner of good things.” By that definition, my recipe certainly fits the bill.
What Do My Sugar Plums Taste Like?
Sugar Plum Recipe
Sugar plum cupcakes are coming soon!