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
Sparkly Sugar Plums for Christmas
- 2 cups toasted walnuts chopped
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 cup pitted prunes finely chopped
- 1/2 cup dried apricots finely chopped
- 1/2 cut pitted dates finely chopped
- powdered sugar for rolling coating the balls
- plum purple disco dust I got mine from Layer Cake Shop
Mix all ingredients except the sugar and disco dust together in a large bowl. Optionally, place the whole mixture in the food processor and process for a few seconds - this will help everything to stick together, especially if you aren't the best at finely chopping. (I'm raising my hand high on this one.)
Form the mixture into teaspoon-sized balls.
Roll the balls in powdered sugar and then roll in disco dust. Note: If you let the balls sit overnight, the powdered sugar will absorb into the balls and will be less visible.
Sugar plum cupcakes are coming soon!