Un-Gift Guide 2007: Wrapping Homemade Candy

We wrapped two pans of caramels and toffee in individual slips of paper over the last two days. At first this felt like sheer torture, the effects of over-ambitious bad ideas, and we swore to never do it again. But now, looking at two buckets of old-fashioned wrapped candies, and with many having gone out to friends already, it doesn't seem so bad! Click for details...

This kind of candy wrapping is extremely economical. We used waxed paper for one caramel variety, and parchment paper for the toffees. Both of these are readily available in your grocery store baking aisle for a couple dollars a box. We'll follow up next week with more cookie and candy gift packaging ideas!

If you wrap candies prepare to get your fingers greasy and a little sticky. Ideally you will round up people to help or turn on a good movie; wrapping a whole pan, cut into 1-inch pieces, takes at least an hour or two.

Also, cut up the paper before you start wrapping. You want to start with a whole stack in front of you. It also helps if your candy is evenly sized and cut.

Wrap a little piece of paper around candy, then twist the ends shut - that's it. No special artsy talents needed, which is good because I have decided that I am a cook and definitely not a crafter.

More sources for candy wrappers...

What do you do with your wrapped Christmas candy? Any time or labor-saving tips?