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Christmas Delight

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: PJ Hamel

Christmas Delight Recipe

This old-fashioned, chewy candy is filled with dried fruit and nuts. The snowy confectioners' sugar coating makes it look holiday-festive. They're by no means "gourmet;" but for us "regular folks," and those of us who remember and appreciate "Grandma's home cooking," these little gems are a delight.

If you enjoy this recipe, check out a couple of our other favorite candies: Dark Chocolate Buttercrunch, and Choco-Mallow.

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Prep
Total
Yield
10 dozen squares

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup blanched, slivered almonds
  • 1 3/4 cups mixed salted nuts
  • 4 cups chopped dates
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened, toasted or not
  • 1 cup candied red cherries
  • 8 cups regular marshmallows or 5 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • confectioners' sugar, for coating

Instructions

  1. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan. Line with parchment, and grease the parchment. If you don't have parchment, use waxed paper or plastic wrap.
  2. Place the nuts, dates, coconuts, and cherries in the work bowl of a food processor, and process until finely chopped, but not puréed. You may also do this using an old-fashioned food grinder.
  3. Melt the marshmallows in a double boiler on the stovetop, or in a microwave. Stir till smooth.
  4. Place the chopped nuts and fruit in a bowl, and stir in the melted marshmallows. Use your hands to thoroughly combine marshmallow and fruit/nuts. This will be a very sticky business; it helps to rinse your hands with cold water frequently, then plunging back in with them wet, not dried off.
  5. Press the mixture into the prepared pan, smoothing the top as best you can.
  6. Cover with plastic, and let set till cool, preferably overnight.
  7. Next day, cut the candy into 1" squares.
  8. Place the squares, 6 or 8 at a time, into a plastic bag with confectioners' sugar. Shake to coat with the sugar.
  9. Place finished candies on a rack until all are coated with sugar, then wrap loosely in plastic to store.