Christmas Candy

Homemade candy makes an extra thoughtful Christmas gift. Treat those you love to their own dessert selection of candy cane bark, candy-coated strawberries, chocolate truffles and more -- all made from our special dessert recipes.

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Make Candy, Make Sweet Christmas Gifts

I'm a big fan of food gifts. especially when they involve candy or preserves. This year I only bought one single solitary gift--the rest of our giftables were made months ago when we had summer produce galore (I'm not sharing any more details, lest I give away the scoop on everyone's holiday gifts).

Christmas Candy For Every Sweet Tooth

Pretty shards of chocolate bark sprinkled with peppermints; rich dark-chocolate fudge; candy canes poking out the top of gaily decorated Christmas stockings; or little packets of truffles all tied up with a bow. Homemade Christmas candy--whether it's to have at the ready for holiday visitors or to give as sweet gifts--is a touch of Santa's workshop come to your kitchen. Most of us have memories of special candies made by aunts, moms, and grandparents.

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Candy Cane Thumbprints

The kids are all right! Candy Cane Thumbprints (click here for the recipe) are not something that's going to get anyone grounded over the holidays. Far from it.

Opera Fudge

Better Homes and Gardens

The holidays wouldn't be the same without a traditional fudge recipe. A great make ahead recipe for your Christmas platter.

Peppermint-Pretzel Candies

Better Homes and Gardens

Homemade candies are a staple at holiday parties and family gatherings. The candies are made with white chocolate, peppermint, and pretzels. Drizzle dark chocolate on top for a fancy touch.

Flavored Marshmallows

Better Homes and Gardens

Great for gift-giving, homemade marshmallows are a fun do-it-yourself project that you can customize with favorite flavors and colors.

Candy Cane Bark

Better Homes and Gardens

A wonderful Christmas gift from the kitchen, this chocolate and peppermint candy is simply delicious. For easy cleanup, line the baking sheet with foil.

Espresso Date Log with Greek Yogurt

Food & Wine

Sticky, dried dates are supersweet, so Maura Kilpatrick simmers them with espresso to make a thick paste, which she molds and freezes. When she slices the log to serve, she tops it with pistachios and tangy Greek yogurt.

Total: 30 mins

Do-It-Yourself Truffles

Food & Wine

F&W's Melissa Rubel Jacobson sets out bowls of flavored ganache and dishes of coatings so guests can create their own truffles to give as gifts.

Total: 5 hrs 45 mins

Cashew Brittle


A perfect make-ahead treat to have around the house during the holidays.

Total: 12 mins

Peppermint Sticks

Better Homes and Gardens

These stir-together sweet treats can be served at parties or given away as gifts.

Nutter Butter Reindeer

Family Circle

Use candy and melted chocolate to craft these festive reindeer cookies-on-a-stick with the kids.

Soft Honey Nougat

Better Homes and Gardens

These festive little candies make tempting Christmas treats to stuff into stockings or share with guests.

Crockery Holiday Crispy Balls

Better Homes and Gardens

The classic Rice Krispies treat gets an upgrade for the holidays with the addition of cranberries and pistachios. Combine those with marshmallows, butter, and rice cereal in your slow cooker, and shape into balls.

Total: 2 hrs

Peanut Butter Truffles

Better Homes and Gardens

Fabulous Five-Minute Fudge

Better Homes and Gardens

Melt and stir. It's that easy when you use your microwave for this ultra-rich chocolate dessert. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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