This section is from the book "Mrs. Allen's Cook Book", by Mrs. Ida C. Bailey Allen. See also: The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat.
Home-made candies, if to act as gifts, should be attractively packed. It is not always possible to duplicate the commercial package at home, but, if care is taken in shaping and cutting, the receptacle bears a touch of garniture which is appropriate and the value of the gift is greatly enhanced. Decorated boxes may be obtained in almost any size desired, from five cents up, while plain white ones may be obtained at less cost. If the latter are wrapped in pale green tissue paper, tied with a gilt or silver cord, with a sprig of holly, or other green, or flowers tucked in the knot, it will look attractive. Heart-shaped seals may hold the card in place at the Valentine season; holly seals at Christmas, and so on, each season of the year being appropriately indicated by the wrap-
Occasionally it is desirable to add a gift with the candies. In this case they may be packed in tiny splint baskets, or those of the wicker type, shallow ones being especially suitable for stuffed fruits, candied orange peel and candies of irregular size, while deeper ones are better suited to regularly shaped sweets, as nut fudge, etc. Pretty little glass jars may also be found as low as twenty-five cents. While alone they may not be enough to act as a gift, if filled with home-made mints, or wintergreens, and tied with a bow of ribbon, they become really attractive gifts. Various china dishes and glass bowls, plain, or of a silver deposit, may be obtained at a similar price, and filled with candies of suitable size.
Cretonne-covered boxes, which may be used later for handkerchiefs or gloves, are attractive for this purpose, while, if candy is to be given to a child, it could be piled into a five-cent sand pail, or heaped into a ten-cent wooden automobile, or a cart with a horse attached. Or, pop-corn balls may be wrapped in paraffine paper and fastened with seals, and if desired they may hold a surprise in the center, as a marshmallow, a chocolate cream or a stuffed date.