Is there anything better than giving or receiving a simple, traditional, hand-crafted gift?
Whether knitted, carved, painted, penciled, or baked, each gift is unique and special. I love gift-giving… and most of the time, my gifts go straight to someone else's belly! 😉
Most recently, I found many small, old flour sacks at an antique store. I bought them, washed them, learned how to embroider a simple wildflower pattern onto them, and filled them with homemade maple-roasted almonds, apricot and cranberry granola, and… hard honey candy (recipe below)!
Interested in trying this but can't find old flour sacks? These muslin produce bags would look lovely embroidered, too. Or you could embroider on plain white flour sack towels — bundling up your goodies with a ribbon.
- Add the honey and vinegar to a sauce pan and heat it to a boil.
- Reduce heat so that the ingredients are still boiling, but not scorching.
- Check the temperature with a candy thermometer.
- When it gets between 250 degrees Fahrenheit and 275 degrees Fahrenheit, turn the burner off and remove the pot from the heat.
- Let sit for a minute and then add vanilla (important so the vanilla doesn’t scorch).
- Stir the candy, line a container with parchment paper, and pour the candy over top.
- Place in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Or use cookie cutters or molds to turn your candy into shapes, like the heart shape pictured above.
What handmade gifts do you love to give and receive? Will you try this Hard Honey Candy?
Also see: Wrapping and Packaging Food Gifts
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