The fronts of the tins for Day 22 and Day 23 were cut from Christmas cards. The label for Day 22 was cut from a day time and the number “23” are scrapbook stickers. The tin for Christmas eve was spray painted green before adhesive snowflakes (scrapbooking supplies from a free box at a second-hand book store) were added. The number “24” was cut from plain old white paper.
Here is what is waiting inside those tins.
The inside of Day 22 was covered with the inside of a security envelop and an online quote printed using my home printer. It, and a couple of other tins, are now filled with homemade salted caramels. I used a recipe published in the December 2009 edition of Mary Jane’s Farm magazine.
- 1 cup cream
- 1 cup sugar
- ¾ cup corn syrup
- ½ cup butter
- ½ t vanilla
- 1 t course salt
Line an 8″-square pan with 2 sheets of crisscrossed parchment paper.
Combine cream, sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a heavy 3– to 4–quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, stirring, until the mixture reaches 245°F on a candy thermometer.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Immediately pour into prepared pan after caramel cools for 30 minutes, sprinkle 1 t coarse sea salt on top, then continue cooling, and allow to cool at least 2 hours or overnight.
After caramel has cooled, remove from pan and cut into 4 equal lengths; then cut each length into 10 equal pieces.
Wrap each piece in a 4″-square piece of waxed paper, or store between pieces of waxed paper in an airtight container.
The original recipe can be found here at this link. I have made these every year since 2009 and they are always a hit. I wrapped the finished caramels wrapped in parchment paper and washi tape.
Scrapbook paper, washi tape and another printed quote adorn the inside of the tin for Day 23. The gift is a key chain made from a clip from an old back pack and paracord.
I simply spray painted the inside of the tin for December 24. Hopefully, it contains several thousand dollars.
I have packed all the tins away into a larger tin that once held Christmas cookies. I will add a letter or card with instructions and send it off to the recipient.
I hope he likes it!
Have you made anything for Christmas? Leave a comment and tell me about it.