The perfect way to give homemade Christmas candy is in a handcrafted box, bag, jar, or tin. Choose from easy packaging ideas that kids can help with, cute containers that double as Christmas decorations, and printable templates and clip art to help you create the perfect package for your candy.
Making this bark (simply a sheet of chocolate studded with toppings) couldn't be easier: You can mix up a batch in about five minutes before chilling in the fridge. Try different combinations of toppings: nuts, dried fruit, unsweetened coconut, orange zest, or candied ginger.
You can find an overwhelming selection of ready-made cards during the holidays, but a homemade greeting passes along your best wishes to family or friends and is sure to be something they'll treasure long after the season has passed. This project uses red and white rickrack -- easy to find at notions and department stores -- to create a candy-cane-patterned card.
In candy-making, the goal is usually to prevent caramel from crystallizing. For this recipe, that's exactly what you want to do to in order to create the grainy, sandy-sugary coating beneath the chocolate. The pralines are also delicious when made with hazelnuts.