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Candy gift baskets: Pros and cons

Candy gift baskets are a craft idea for a present to give to those who have a sweet tooth. But are they to everyone's taste? We look at the pros and cons of candy gift baskets.

The pros

Candy gift baskets Making candy gift baskets can be a pleasurable experience. You will need to make the box, line it with tissue paper and add in the candy. If you are making candy or chocolate, you will enjoy using your culinary skills in the kitchen and getting to taste your goodies before you give them out. You can have great fun trying different recipes like peppermint balls, home-made toffee and chocolate truffles. If you don’t feel up to all that cooking, you can buy your candy from the supermarket or newsagent and just make and decorate the basket.
Baskets If your skills are more arty, you can unleash your talents on painting the baskets and adding in images and pictures to jazz it up. If your gift receiver has a sweet tooth, they will love a candy gift basket to tuck into. They will also have a basket they can keep for other things, like jewellery or keys, when the candy has all gone.

The cons

The problem with candy gifts is that you need to make sure that the recipient will like the contents. Candy is traditionally given to children but with the rise in tooth decay and parents being much more health conscious about their children’s diets, they may not be a suitable gift. Check with parents before giving candy to kids.
Dietary issues You also have to be careful of dietary issues such as using nuts in toffee or chocolate sweets.
Does your recipient have a nut allergy or could they be lactose intolerant? If dairy is a problem, then you can use dark chocolate but not white or milk. You should take into account the person you are giving the gift to, if you are making a chocolate gift basket.
Time-consuming Candy gift baskets are also very time-consuming if you are making the basket and its contents. It is a craft that requires time and patience. Candy also needs to be given while still fresh. A final word Although boiled sweets do have a long shelf life, if left in tissue they will stick together and make a mess. They should be given within the first few days of making them.

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