Winter solstice and candies

December 22nd, 2015 by

December 22 have the shortest day and the longest night of the year, it’s the winter solstice.
Where I live, the sun just rise above the horizon and then turns down again. Today the sun rose at 9:55 and went down at 13:06. Three hours of daylight is what we get, and then the sun is right in your eyes if you are driving. Cloudy days, it never really gets bright.



I have been busy making more Christmas candies. I always make knäck for Christmas, it’s a Swedish toffee that is very easy to make. The recipe is:

2 dl sugar
2 dl heavy cream
2 dl golden syrup
2 tbs butter

Put all ingredients in a heavy based saucepan and stir it all together. Simmer it for a long time until the temperature is about 134 degrees C, this gives a hard knäck. If you want a softer knäck, 124-128 degrees C is recommended. I use a cooking thermometer for this. Then pour it up in waxed paper cups. Leave to cool.

You can also add chopped almonds or grated zest of one orange plus a few drops of orange aroma when you have reached the right temperature. The orange knäck is really delicious!



  • Lucia Gonzalez

    Merry Christmas Monica, thank you for the recipe, where I live we are having a warm days, about 24 c by day. I live in Guatemala, Central America

  • Iowares

    My family is having our annual Smorgasbord this weekend, I would like to try to make this for it, but what is golden syrup?

    • Monicascreativeroom

      Ah, Smörgåsbord is what we eat at Christmas Eve. I love it!
      If you have not tried Smörgåstårta (sandwich cake) before, I highly recommend it too!

      About golden syrup, you can read more about it here:
      If you can’t find any golden syrup at your store, you should be able to replace it with cane syrup or similar. Maybe pancake syrup will work too.