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Candy Recipes


Have you ever made your own candy? It’s so easy! Fudge, brittle, caramel sauce, barks, toffee, and truffles! You can make these ahead, they keep well for long-term home consumption or popping in the mail as gifts, too!

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  • Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

    12 hrs, 15 min

    Gluten-Free

    This peanut butter fudge is so QUICK and EASY to make. Melt marshmallows with sugar and peanut butter, and you're done! This tastes like the inside of a peanut butter cup, and makes a great gift.

  • Claudia Cash

    19 Food Gifts for the Holidays

    Want to give your loved ones a homemade treat this season? From Red Velvet Cookies to Holiday Spice Granola, any one of these favorite recipes would make a wonderful food gift!

  • Irvin Lin

    Peanut Brittle

    Peanut Brittle is easy to make at home and great for holiday gifts, or just to have around the house when unexpected guests show up. Breaking apart the brittle is a fun holiday tradition!

  • 30 Best Cookies that Travel Well

    Taking cookies to the office party? Gifting them to a friend? Shipping them to a faraway family member? This guide has our 30 best cookies for the job and a guide to packing them up so they arrive safely.

  • Worms in Dirt Chocolate Pudding

    Worms in dirt chocolate pudding is a Halloween classic for a reason: it's delightfully ghoulish and just so happens to be incredibly delicious! Get in on the fun with our from-scratch recipe made with real chocolate milk.

  • Skeleton Cake Pops

    Skeleton cake pops just in time for Halloween! If you've always wanted to try your hand at cake pops, our version made with real chocolate milk is soon to become a family favorite!

  • Elise Bauer

    Caramel Apples

    Caramel from scratch is easy! And apples dipped in delicious homemade caramel sauce are perfect for Halloween!

  • Peppermint Bark

    Peppermint Bark is so festive and so EASY! This recipe uses both peppermint extract and crushed candy canes to make it an extra-special holiday treat. It makes a great holiday gift for teachers, neighbors, and friends!

  • Elise Bauer

    Candied Walnuts

    25 min

    Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

    Walnuts. Sugar. That's pretty much all you need to make these Candied Walnuts! These crunchy caramelized nuts are a great party snack. You can also serve them in a salad or sprinkled over ice cream.

  • 5 Ways to Top Your Christmas Crack!

    Can't get enough salty-sweet Christmas Crack (a.k.a. Saltine Toffee or Cracker Toffee)? With its layers of chocolate, caramel, and saltines, it's a must for your holiday cookie tray! Here are five fun ways to top your next batch, from pretzels to pecans.

  • Elise Bauer

    Caramel Sauce

    Homemade Caramel Sauce is EASY to make! Takes only 10 minutes, and all you need is sugar, butter, and cream. Spoon it over ice cream, swirl it into brownies, or add it to your morning coffee.

  • Irvin Lin

    English Toffee

    Homemade English toffee! Top this crunchy, caramel toffee with dark chocolate and toasted nuts. It's so easy to make and keeps for weeks. Ships well, too!

  • Steve-Anna Stephens

    Pecan Pralines

    Pecan pralines are more than the sum of their parts: pecans, sugar, cream, butter, and vanilla. They're a rich, crunchy, candy-coated indulgence! Make them for a holiday cookie tray or to ship to a friend.

  • Cindy Rahe

    Champagne Chocolate Truffles

    Champagne Chocolate Truffles! So easy, yet so impressive. Made with just dark chocolate, cream, and CHAMPAGNE! Add gold leaf on top if you're feeling fancy.

  • Irvin Lin

    Christmas Crack

    Christmas Crack! Saltine crackers coated with caramel and chocolate. A salty, crunchy holiday treat. What's not to love?

  • Irvin Lin

    Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeyes)

    2 hrs, 12 min

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb

    Chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls or Buckeye balls are so easy to make at home with this easy Buckeye recipe. An essential for any cookie tray!

  • Elise Bauer

    Candied Kumquats

    Super easy recipe for candying kumquats, those mini citrus you can eat whole. Great as a sweet condiment for meat and cakes.

  • Elise Bauer

    Caramel Corn

    Addictive, delicious caramel corn! Have a craving? Caramel corn is easy to make at home! All you need is freshly popped popcorn, brown sugar, butter, molasses, and corn syrup for homemade caramel corn!

  • Irvin Lin

    Christmas Crack

    Christmas Crack! Saltine crackers coated with caramel and chocolate. What's not to love?

  • Irvin Lin

    English Toffee

    Homemade English toffee! Top this crunchy, caramel toffee with dark chocolate and toasted nuts. Ships well, too!

  • Irvin Lin

    Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeyes)

    2 hrs, 12 min

    Gluten-Free, Low Carb

    Chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls or Buckeye balls are so easy to make at home with this easy Buckeye recipe. An essential for any cookie tray!

  • Elise Bauer

    Candied Walnuts

    25 min

    Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

    Walnuts. You can also serve them in a salad or sprinkled over ice cream.

  • Elise Bauer

    Caramel Sauce

    Homemade Caramel Sauce is EASY to make! Takes only 10 minutes, and all you need is sugar, butter, and cream. Spoon it over ice cream, swirl it into brownies, or add it to your morning coffee.

  • Steve-Anna Stephens

    Pecan Pralines

    Pecan pralines are more than the sum of their parts: pecans, sugar, cream, butter, and vanilla. They're a rich, crunchy, candy-coated indulgence! Make them for a holiday cookie tray or to ship to a friend.

  • Irvin Lin

    Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

    12 hrs, 15 min

    Gluten-Free

    This peanut butter fudge is so QUICK and EASY to make. Melt marshmallows with sugar and peanut butter, and you're done! This tastes like the inside of a peanut butter cup, and makes a great gift.

  • Irvin Lin

    Peanut Brittle

    Peanut Brittle is easy to make at home and great for holiday gifts, or just to have around the house when unexpected guests show up. Breaking apart the brittle is a fun holiday tradition!

  • Peppermint Bark

    Peppermint Bark is so festive and so EASY! This recipe uses both peppermint extract and crushed candy canes to make it an extra-special holiday treat. It makes a great holiday gift for teachers, neighbors, and friends!

  • Cindy Rahe

    Champagne Chocolate Truffles

    Champagne Chocolate Truffles! So easy, yet so impressive. Made with just dark chocolate, cream, and CHAMPAGNE! Add gold leaf on top if you're feeling fancy.

  • Elise Bauer

    Homemade Almond Roca

    This Homemade Almond Roca is an easy English toffee with almonds, covered with dark chocolate. No candy thermometer required. Perfect for holiday gifts!

  • Elise Bauer

    Caramel Corn

    Addictive, delicious caramel corn! Have a craving? Caramel corn is easy to make at home! All you need is freshly popped popcorn, brown sugar, butter, molasses, and corn syrup for homemade caramel corn!

  • Elise Bauer

    Candied Kumquats

    Super easy recipe for candying kumquats, those mini citrus you can eat whole. Great as a sweet condiment for meat and cakes.

  • Elise Bauer

    Sugared Pecans

    Easy to make sugar coated pecans. Pecan halves are coated first with egg whites, then sugar and spices, then baked in the oven for half an hour.


10 Fantastic Chewy Candy Recipes You Need to Make!

Candy is kind of the best. And chewy candy is the best of the best, because chewing is so satisfying. I think you will really enjoy this round up of chewy candy recipes.

Some of these candy recipes are my own while others are from around the Internet. All will satisfy your need to chew while you savor!

Aside from the temperature of the sugar, you can also make chewy candies by adding either pectin or gelatin, like for gummy worms, marshmallows or other fruit chews.

The temperature is still important, but the pectin or gelatin adds body and mouthfeel.


People who love black licorice will flip for these assertively flavored candies. They’ll be not-quite-black without the food coloring but still very cool looking.

Recipes you want to make. Cooking advice that works. Restaurant recommendations you trust.

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The name Jolly Rancher has a friendly Western sound to it, and that’s why Bill Harmsen picked the name for his Golden, Colorado confection company in 1949. Bill sold chocolate and ice cream, but it was his hard candies that got the most attention, and that’s where Bill focused his efforts and grew his business.

The first Jolly Rancher hard candies came in just three flavors: apple, grape, and cinnamon. Eventually they added more flavors including cherry, orange, lemon, grape, peach, and blue raspberry. But today the main flavors have been cut to just five: cherry, watermelon, apple, grape, and blue raspberry. I’ve included clone recipes here for four of them: grape, cherry, watermelon, and green apple.

The flavors are all sour, thanks to malic acid, a very tart natural ingredient often used to make sour candies. If you can’t find malic acid, you can duplicate the sour taste with easier-to-find citric acid. I found some at Walmart.

You’ll also need super-strength flavoring from LorAnn in whichever flavors you chose to make. This is the most popular baking/candy flavoring brand, and you can find it online or in craft stores like Michael’s. Each small bottle is 1 dram, which is just under 1 teaspoon, and you’ll need one of those for each flavor.

Regardless of which flavors you choose to make, the base candy recipe will be the same. The hard candy is formed by bringing the sugar solution up to the “hard crack” stage, or the stage where the candy becomes hard and brittle when cool. You must get the candy to exactly 300 degrees F, and for that, you’ll need a candy thermometer.

The thermometer is essential here and will help you determine when to add the coloring, when to remove the candy from the heat, and when to add the malic or citric acid. If you cook the candy too long, it will begin to caramelize and darken and won't taste right. If you add the acid before the candy cools to 165 degrees F, it will burn and turn bitter. If you add it too late, it may be hard to mix.

This recipe makes over 60 hard candies. When cool, crack the candies apart along their score lines, wrap them up in 4x4-inch cellophane candy wrappers, and you should have more than enough hacked homemade hard candies to fill a candy bowl.


Tart and creamy lemon creams are so easy to make and look super impressive topped with a candied citrus peel. Coat them in chocolate or serve rolled in powdered sugar.

Lime creams are zesty and refreshing. They are coated in white chocolate but they can also be served as is. The bright green color makes them a beautiful option for parties and snack tables.


More Fun Candy Recipes

We've got even more fun, homemade candy recipes coming at you, and boy, are these a real treat! We've added a colorful bit of variety to our candy collection with our kid-friendly recipe for Tutti Fruity Crispy Candy (page 16). If you've got to finish off that box of fruity cereal, then this easy candy recipe is the way to do it&mdashit's fun for the whole family! Get into the holiday spirit with our jolly recipe for Peppermint Twists (page 17). Your holiday festivities won't feel the same without a container of these on every side table, ready to help out with some munchies. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you're looking to forget about the cold for a while, we've got a virtual tropical getaway planned with the help of our simple candy recipe for Coconut Joys (page 19). With flecks of one of our favorite fruits worked in, we can find a way to make it feel like we're on vacation, even when we're just wishing we were. There's something about these fun candy recipes that really does just make us feel like kids again, right? No matter what kind of candy recipes you're looking for, we can guarantee they'll be made with a heaping scoop of "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!"

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80+ Easy Christmas Candy Recipes to Make the Holiday Sweet

Peppermint patties, homemade fudge, Christmas bark, and more!

Call me crazy, but it's not the presents or the lights that really make the holiday season. It's the Christmas desserts. Some folks are die-hard Christmas cookie fans, while others dream of eating peppermint in all its many forms every day of December. Some of us love making complicated from-scratch eggnog recipes at every opportunity. And I'm pretty sure. [takes quick poll]. Yep. All of us believe sweets taste better in the shape of Christmas trees.

Christmas candy, however, is in a holiday dessert league of its own. Recipes like chocolate fudge and English toffee are some of the most quintessential flavors of the season and deserve to be on your Christmas baking list this year.

Of course, you can still include your Christmas best pie recipes, favorite Christmas cakes, and endless batches of cookies, but adding some colorful Christmas candy to your dessert table will catapult your spread from great to out-of-this-world. After all, why would you not take advantage of the opportunity to make as many rich chocolate truffles and crunchy peanut brittle as your heart desires? Plus, these easy Christmas candy recipes can make fantastic homemade food gifts, whether you&rsquore giving presents to neighbors or in a pinch for a thoughtful homemade gift. So after you've snacked on your holiday appetizers, had two helpings of Christmas ham and Christmas side dishes, and sipped your fair share of Christmas cocktails, finish off your feast with one of these best Christmas candy recipes.


Minty keto candy recipes

Homemade Andres Mint Chocolates

Your favorite after-dinner mint just turned keto: This recipe wraps rich dark chocolate around a minty base. Use high-quality chocolate and peppermint oil for the tastiest results.

Grass-Fed Butter Mints

Butter makes the perfect base for melt-in-your-mouth mints. This keto candy recipe mixes it together with vanilla, peppermint, and sweetener for candy that loves you back. Make it both keto and Bulletproof and swap the raw honey with a sweetener like birch xylitol or non-GMO erythritol. Then, swap peppermint extract with a small amount of food-grade peppermint oil.

Keto Peppermint Cup Fat Bombs

Craving peppermint patties? Try this keto alternative: Dark chocolate surrounds a minty coconut butter center for a sweet recipe that tastes just like the original version. Try a drop of food-grade peppermint oil instead of extract to keep this candy Bulletproof.

Peppermint Frost Breath Mints

This recipe transforms just two ingredients into refreshing mints. Melt down xylitol until liquid, then mix with peppermint oil and re-harden into a frosty keto candy. Make sure you use birch xylitol to stay Bulletproof with these mints.


Seems like people just don’t make homemade candy recipes as much anymore and I’ve noticed the price for “homestyle candy” at the stores is skyrocketing!

These are simple recipes with simple ingredients – but for some reason, people seem intimidated by them. So we went out in search of the best and most simple homemade candy recipes.

Whether you are a beginner or adept at homemade candy making, you will find delicious, new-to-you recipes in this collection. Some will require the use of a candy thermometer (highly recommended) while others just need a bowl and a microwave! From fudge and brittle hard candy to candy bars and gummy candies, you will find something for every sweet tooth below!


Got A Scrumptious Homemade Chocolate Candy Recipe?

Do you have any tried and true homemade chocolate candy recipes? PLEASE, please be so kind as to divulge them to the rest of us chocoholics. We just can't get enough.

Mouthwatering Recipes from Other Visitors

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Quick And Easy Chocolate Turtles
This quick and easy chocolate turtles recipe is another simple recipe that you can make over the holidays that will impress your family and friends without &hellip

Quick And Easy Chocolate Pretzels
I made these quick and easy chocolate pretzels using Hershey kisses! I found this recipe for simple chocolate covered pretzels at allrecipes.com. &hellip

Honeycomb Candy Recipe
I'm posting this simple Honeycomb Candy Recipe in response to the following question submitted by Pamela from Lewis Center, Ohio. I am looking &hellip

Green Tomato Taffy
Question about Green Tomato Taffy. Now that I have your attention, here's my problem. :) I was overwhelmed with a huge harvest of green &hellip

Hard Milk Chocolate Candy
Hard Milk Chocolate Candy My aunty makes this chocolate candy which is hard and can be broken into pieces. So I think this recipe will work for &hellip

Dairy Free Chocolate Candy Recipes
Does anyone have any dairy free chocolate candy recipes? I need a milk and butter free chocolate candy recipe because my daughter has severe allergies &hellip

Fat Ladies
Texas Fat Ladies certainly will make you fat. Not only are they sinfully rich, they take very little effort. No calorie burning involved! :) &hellip

How do I prevent chocolate top layer from falling off English toffee lower layer?
After adding a top layer of chocolate onto cooled layer of toffee, it doesn't stick well and falls off when handled how can I improve this bond between &hellip

Mallow Cup Recipe
I have been searching for quite some time for as close to a Mallow Cup Recipe as I can find with no luck. Anyone out there have the recipe for Mallow &hellip

Basic Flavored Chocolate Squares
Here's a simple recipe for Basic Flavored Chocolate Squares that I hope you'll enjoy. Supplies Needed: Chocolate (chips,chunks,whatever melts &hellip

Honey Candy
Please help me with my Honey Candy recipe! I have a disease where I can have no starch and no dairy! I love chocolate and I make this chocolate &hellip

Making Chocolate Thinner
Hi, Whenever I am melting Chocolate I normally use Paramount Crystals making chocolate thinner. However, not everyone has Paramount Crystals on hand, &hellip

Making Chocolate
Hi, My sons and I tried making chocolate with the basic chocolate making recipe and we didn't have much luck. We followed the basic ingredient &hellip

Chocolate Recipe
Hi, I am looking for a recipe for chocolate (the slabs). Does anybody have one I can try? Thanks, Nicci Hi Nicci, This is a chocolate &hellip

Sponge Candy
Question: I make sponge candy using. 1 cup dark karo syrup 1 cup sugar 1 Tablespoon vinegar 1 Tablespoon baking soda I cook it &hellip

Shiny Chocolate?
What can I do to have shiny chocolate candy? It comes out shiny and then as soon as I touch it it seems to lose its shine. I have to handle my chocolate &hellip

Paper Baking Cups
Hi, What size paper baking cups are used in the chocolate peanut butter marshmallow cup recipe? Thank you. Dawne Hi Dawne, I suppose &hellip

Peanut Patties!!
My mom got me into this one! She made it (with my sisters and I) for Christmas a few years back. I will never forget that day! We had a blast in the kitchen. &hellip

Recipe for Homemade Tootsie Rolls
Years ago I had a recipe for HOMEMADE TOOTSIE ROLLS. Now I can't find it and I have grand kids big enough to help. Does any one out there have &hellip

Homemade Almond Joy Candy Bars
Years ago when I first started making chocolates at home I made homemade Almond Joy and Mounds bars. Well, I can't find my recipe on how to make &hellip

Peppermint Bark
Peppermint bark is one of those things that most people like and it's so easy to make. Everyone has their own way to make it, and here's mine--a basic &hellip

Turtles
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Sugar Free Chocolate Fudge Spread
This sugar free fudge spread can be used as icing, used as an added ingredient when cooking, or just eaten as is. Having a no fat, sugar free chocolate &hellip

Florentine Slice
This tasty chocolate slice was often made by my sister when I was growing up. The only trouble was - it didn't last long in the family! Once my dad, &hellip


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