Christmas Cream Filbert Sugar Plums, aka Mothballs
Each filbert (hazelnut) is covered with creamed sugar and a crisp sugar shell and is made using traditional ingredients circa late 1700s. This candy was even enjoyed in the mid-1900s, renamed the “mothball candy” because of how it looked. A classic Christmas candy. Four ounces in a heat-sealed bag with the history on the label.
A Bit of History
Originally called the “cream filbert,” this candy was made in the 1700s and is of the “sugarplum” family, where a nut or seed was rolled in layers of sugar for a perfect shell. The name changed to “mothball candy” in the 1940s. The filbert tree, aka Hazelnut, came to New York around 1737 from Spain.