Twas the night before Christmas...
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
Have you ever wondered what sugar plums are? A sugar plum is made of any combo of dried fruit such as plums (prunes), figs, apricots, dates, or cherries and shaped in a small round or oval shape. (At one time, "plum" denoted any dried fruit.) The finely chopped dried fruit is combined with chopped nuts and aromatic spices, rolled into balls, and often coated in sugar or shredded coconut. Until today, I hadn't realized that I have made several varieties of sugar plums such as these Pecan Spice Delights
and Nutty Fruity Bars which could easily be formed into balls.
Although the Date Bran Jingle Balls, Pumpkin Seed Oat Energy Bites, and Nutty Fruity Bars don't exhibit as many of the sugar plum attributes as the Pecan Spice Delights, I think they could still conjure up visions dancing in children's heads as they slumber on Christmas Eve.