Homemade candy is a traditional Christmas gift that will never go out of style. Collected here are our best recipes for classic holiday candies including fudge, truffles, nut brittle, peppermint bark, and caramel corn.
White chocolate, peppermint oil, and a dozen candy canes are all you need to create this easy, colorful Christmas bark. This peppermint bark can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Ganache made from bittersweet chocolate and cream forms the center of these easy truffles that can be rolled in a variety of coatings. Choose from confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, toasted coconut, crushed candy canes, red and green candy sprinkles, or finely chopped almonds, pistachios, pecans, or other nuts.
This never-fail fudge recipe gets its smooth texture from the melted marshmallows that are blended with the cream, butter, and chocolate. Use your choice of semisweet, milk, or white chocolate chips to make this easy fudge. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters or just slice into squares, and top with crushed peppermint candies or toasted nuts.
Basic marshmallows are made from egg whites, gelatin, and a hot sugar syrup. These marshmallows are cut into squares and dipped in a chocolate fudge coating made from semisweet chocolate, evaporated milk, butter, sugar, and homemade marshmallow cream.
The chocolate ganache at the center of these truffles is infused with cardamom and orange peel. Roll the truffles in a different of coatings such as confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, and assorted chopped nuts to create a variety of truffles perfect for giving as Christmas gifts.
These easy candy clusters are created by arranging toasted nuts and dried fruit on small pools of melted white chocolate. Use a combination of cashews, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, or walnuts, and dried cranberries, apricots, pineapple, cherries, or raisins.
This easy version of chocolate-caramel turtles is made by pressing a square of purchased caramel candy and a chunk of chocolate over a pair of pecan halves and heating in the oven until soft. A dusting of finely chopped pecans is all the garnish these candies need.
Toasted pecan halves are covered in caramel flavored with vanilla and dark rum. The layer of bittersweet chocolate that coats the bottoms of the clusters provides the perfect balance for the sweetness of the caramel. To create charming gift boxes for these candies, simply follow our packaging how-to.
Whole almonds are lightly coated in cinnamon syrup, then covered in melted chocolate. Half of the chocolate-covered almonds are dusted in cocoa powder and half in confectioners' sugar to create a contrasting colors that look lovely side by side in a candy gift box.
Chopped nuts are arranged in small pools of melted chocolate to create attractive candies for Christmas gift-giving. This recipe gives instructions for tempering chocolate, a process of heating, partially cooling, and reheating that aligns the chocolate crystals so that the finished product is shiny and firm.
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