They’re not what you think they are…

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads…”

These famous lines you surely recognize from the beginning of one of America’s most beloved holiday poems, Clement Clark Moore’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas” (1823). But what exactly is a sugar plum??

The truth is that a sugar plum is not actually a plum, nor does it contain any plum-like substances. While the Oxford English Dictionary declares the term dead, a “sugar plum” was well known in the 17th to the 19th centuries as another name for a dragee, or more commonly, a comfit.

All of these weird terms name a sweet treat made of sugar hardened around a central seed or kernel in successive layers, using a process called “panning.” Kinda like a Jawbreaker, if you will.

Fennel Candy, Old Time Sugar Plum from True Treats Historic Candy

Sugar plums were usually made with cinnamon bark, dried fruits, almonds, and caraway or cardamom seeds at the center. Comfit-making was one of the most difficult and tedious methods in craft confectionery. It required specialized equipment and a LOT! of experience.

So… how did Sugar Plum Creative come about, you ask?

Great question! Coming up with a name is hard, you guys! I looked up all sorts of synonyms, phrases, color psychology, infusing a spark of my personality and a whole lot of doodles to get to Sugar Plum Creative.

And if you think about it, my clients are my Sugar Plums. You are the little bits of cinnamon in the middle – full of flavor (your amazing story), and I’ll create the delectable layers around it that people are drawn to – the sweet candy coating (drool-worthy imagery).

Through the creative process of planning your session, we will create all the necessary layers to capture your amazing family or love story, or to support your brand story.

So the question begs………..

Are YOU ready to get Sugar Plum’d??

YES!!! The answer is Yessss!


You should check out my Story Sessions to see which one is the best fit for you! Or click here to message me to see how I can help you!!


And now, some fun usage of the word ‘plum’:

  • If your mouth was full of sugar plums, it meant that you spoke sweet (but possibly deceitful) words.
  • If you stuffed another person’s mouth with sugar plums, that meant a bribe that would shut someone up.
  • In the 18th century, plum was British slang for 100 pounds, or more generally a big ol’pile of money.
  • Someone who was rich could also be called a plum.

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