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Handmade sweets
For la Befana

Homemade sweets and candies recipes for stocking fillers for La Befana

On January 6th Italians celebrate the Befana leaving sweets in socks for children. Why and how to replicate the sweets? Swide tells you all…

On Epiphany Eve, on January 5, Italian tradition has people to fill stocks with sweets to be found by kids the next morning. But why is that?

Befana is a typical recurrence in Italy that actually celebrates the arrival of the Tree Wise Men to the manger so to give their gifts to Jesus.

Christian legend has it that Befana was approached by the Three Wise Men a few days before Jesus’s birth. They asked for directions to find the manger where he was, as they had seen his star in the sky, but she did not know. She provided shelter for a night and so the magi invited her to join them on the journey to find the baby Jesus. She declined but changed her mind but wasn’t able to find the Three Wise Men that night, so to this day La Befana is still searching for the little baby. If children have behaved well she leaves toys and candies, whereas if they behaved bad she leaves in the stocks coal, onions or garlic.

If you like this tradition (which is partially replicated in Spain too, where Los Reyes are celebrated on January 6th), follow these recipes and give your children delicious hand made sweets!

Your children have misbehaved a bit this year? Let them know by preparing fake coal, following this recipe from Food.com.

Homemade sweets and candies recipes for stocking fillers for La Befana - Coal Candy

Your children behaved well? Get some chocolates pralines ready, you’ll need very few ingredients and a bit of patience. 

Homemade sweets and candies recipes for stocking fillers for La Befana - Chocolate Praline

Candies are a must on January 6 so you’ll have to make some: how about peppermint patties? They are quick, have chocolate in it and kids usually love the mix, the recipe is on Allrecipes. 

Homemade sweets and candies recipes for stocking fillers for La Befana - Mint Patties

And if they don’t like mint, simply substitute the mint syrup/extract with another flavor.

Lollipops are loved by adults and kids, and they are very easy to make (you could even make them with your children to make everything more fun). Follow the recipe on About.com.

Homemade sweets and candies recipes for stocking fillers for La Befana - Lollipops

Muffins are always delicious and you can make mini-muffins to put in the stock and unleash your creativity. Not sure which kind to make? Pick among these 10 recipes on Brown eyed baker.

Homemade sweets and candies recipes for stocking fillers for La Befana - Muffins

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