They are completely delicious and incredibly easy to make.
Sugar plums are a traditional holiday candy made of dried fruit, toasted nuts and crunchy sugar.
So, why are they called "sugar plums" anyway?
Way back in the 17th century, folks wrapped seeds or nuts in a hard sugar coating, which took days to produce and special skills, since nothing was mechanized and sugar work was done by eye.
Fast forward about 200 years, and candy making, food preservation and language had all taken big leaps forward. Sugar was easier to find, fruit and nuts easier to dry, and "plum" meant "good" in addition to meaning a fruit. That's where Sugar Plums 2.0 make their debut. This is the candy we've come to love during the holiday season.
Prunes, nuts, spices & sugar
In addition to the prunes, nuts, spices & sugar, I use cranberries and apricot preserves, because I like the sweet/tart contrast they bring.
Toast some nuts and nut flour/meal.
Chop up some dried fruit.
Roll it in balls, and then roll the balls in sugar.
Dump all that in a food processor with spices and a bit of fruit preserves or honey and blitz it up