My cousin Janeen and I get together every year to make our Christmas candy together. We get a lot done in a little bit of time, we catch up on each other’s lives, sample everything at least once, and just generally have a great time. We have been doing this since at least 1998 which is the first year it was officially recorded.
Every year we make a bunch of our favorites as well as at least one new recipe. We’ve had some interesting experiences (flops?) some years. One year we had butterscotch chips that just wouldn’t melt. Another year we set the paraffin wax on fire. Last year was the year of the 10 pound fudge. But we continue year after year and neither one of us have had any problems getting our families to eat what we make.
This year we made: Haystacks, Ritz dipped candy, Butterfinger Bites, Dipped Pretzels, Gourmet Pretzels, Peanut Butter Balls, Peanut Butter Cups, Mounds Balls and our new recipe this year Chocolate Billionaires. We even had time left over to fit in a few cookies as well: Spritz cookies, Cornflake Wreaths, & Peanut Blossoms.
After 10 years of this we’ve pretty much got it down to a science. We each have our areas of expertise. For instance Janeen is the better dipper ( or the better dip?!) and I am a better drizzler. Janeen can form better wreaths and has more patience with the spritzer and I’m a better pretzel roller.
But truthfully, I think the reason we decide to do this together each year is not for the speed and efficiency but for the memories we make together. Janeen is the sister I never had. She’s not only my cousin but my best friend as well, and I’m glad she’s a part of my life.