The candy most associate with Christmas is, of course, the candy cane, but I'm not a big fan. They make my hands sticky and get rather difficult to eat as one approaches the curve.
The one type of candy I always looked forward to appearing in my stocking every Christmas was gummy bears. But I'm something of a gummy bear snob. Back when I was a kid, my preferred gummy bears came from Fanny Farmer, a mall-based candy retailer that I assume was national but maybe was more of a Midwest thing. Anyways, their gummy bears were taller, thinner, and a little less chewy than most other kinds of gummy bears (like what you'd find at a movie theater). I loved those little buggers, and to this day, I associate gummy bears with Christmas morning in particular and my childhood in general.
Flash forward to a few years ago: Fanny Farmer is out of business, and I can't find a reasonable facsimile of their gummy bears anywhere. Eventually, I discovered (thanks to a conversation with a nice German woman at the Germany pavilion of Epcot Center) that there are two different kinds of gummy bears: the far superior Bavarian gummy bears that Fanny Farmer made, and the vastly inferior chubby, gooey American gummy bears found everywhere else.
Luckily, I also learned that of all the different manufacturers of gummy bears out there today, one of them (Haribo) makes Bavarian style gummy bears. Even better, nowadays you can find Haribo gummy bears at just about every gas station and grocery store around.
So that's the (overly long) story of my favorite (tangential) Christmas candy; what are some of your favorite Christmas candies?