Prior to creating the best ChattyCuteries for the holidays, we did plenty of research to find the very best pastries and treats. In that process, we also found one of the worst.
Haven't we all heard the phrase "sugar plum fairies danced in their heads?" It only seemed right to make (what sounded to be delicious) SUGAR PLUMS for our boards.
We found a recipe and patiently got all ingredients together--dried cranberries, apricots, prunes, dates, almonds (toasted), orange zest, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, cherry jam, and the proverbial pinch of salt. Following the recipe, we rolled the balls in purple sugar (to look like plums).
They looked great, but...
Oh my! We thought they tasted terrible.
We kept trying to think--would someone like these? Tastes are subjective and this recipe incudes all good things. But after two days of trying to like them, they didn't make the boards.
So, when you hear "sugar plum fairies danced in their heads" just know the fairies aren't happy.